Thursday, June 26, 2014

KC TRIP: DAYS 1 & 2, HIGHS & LOWS

Our most recent adventure found us headed to Kansas City to meet up with a large part of my family for a few days.  As usual, we managed to pack them full of fun.  Here's the high/low run down, because you know it wouldn't be a family trip without a few lows along the way.

High: Our trip there went really well!  We packed everything the night before, and fed the kiddos breakfast in the car, which meant we left a breakfast nook that was relatively crumb free.  We stopped at one of our usual traveling restaurants for lunch - Panda Express.  I wish they would just go ahead and come to Little Rock already.  Violet really enjoyed throwing her food all over and gnawing on the plate.

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Low:  We got to Great Wolf Lodge right at check-in time, which meant a bit of a long line.

High:  We were at Great Wolf Lodge, which was really exciting for the kids.  Everyone enjoyed the balloon animals and arriving into our room.

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High:  We hit the water park to get the fun started.  Lily and Bella were thrilled right away.

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Low:  John and I panicked a bit as we realized that we had four really young children at a water park by ourselves.  None of the girls, including Violet, stay still, and we tried to get our bearings as it felt like we didn't have nearly enough adult eyes or arms.

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High:  Reinforcements in the form of Mom and Wes arrived not too long after us, and it was really great to be able to relax as our adult/child ratio dramatically improved.

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High:  The girls loved the story time with characters at bedtime, which included learning how to howl like a wolf and meet Brinley the Bear.

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Low:  The next day, we kicked off our morning with breakfast at McDonald's.  That in and of itself was actually not the low.  We did have a child pee in the play land, which is never a great way to start the day.

High:  An outfit change and many apologies later, we were on our way to Legoland Discovery Center.  The girls had literally been talking about this for months.  First things first, we headed to the gift shop to use their money to purchase some new legos.  They have been saving for a while, and it was neat to see them figure out what they wanted to get.

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High:  By this point in the trip, the rest of our group had joined us, and we all headed into Legoland together.  Cousin time is such fun - we missed Max! (and Ash, and Mike and Ryan, of course)

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High:  Legoland itself was so much fun.  We enjoyed the rides, the 4D movie, the Lego sculptures everywhere and the amazing mini-Kansas City made of Legos.  I especially loved the Lego stained glass windows of the Lego church.

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It is truly amazing what all they can create with Legos.

High:  We did lunch at Fritz's in Crown Center where they deliver your food via train.  We got in pretty quickly, and the food was good.  Plus - the trains were mesmerizing to all involved.

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High:  We hit the watermark after getting back from our full morning.

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Low:  I'm sorry to say that one child did fill their swimsuit with poop.  It was a bad moment.

High: The guys headed to the Dodgers/Royals game and sat right behind the Dodger's dugout, which pretty much made John's year.  (Wes was able to navigate the tricky tension between the Dodgers fan and the Royals fan.)

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Low:  The Dodgers lost that game.

High:  While the guys were at the game, we had a ladies/kids night out.  It included another character sighting and dinner at the outlet mall on a gorgeous evening.

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Our first two days certainly were fun!  I'll post the rest of our trip sometime tomorrow.  Right now, I am swamped in laundry.  Like - totally and completely drowning in it.  That is life with four children, and it is worth it.  I will breathe again someday and that day is not today.

(Click here to see the next couple of days!)

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