Sunday, June 21, 2015

DALLAS TRIP: GREAT WOLF LODGE, BASEBALL & LEGOLAND

As I go back through the pictures, I'm not sure how or why we managed to do what feels like ALL the THINGS.  And the truth is, there are so many other things we could have done.  We headed to Great Wolf Lodge on Sunday afternoon and were greeted with a massive line at check-in.

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Thankfully, the children were entertained by all that happens in the lobby, and it didn't feel like too incredibly long before we were getting changed into swim suits and headed to the waterpark.  We went to Great Wolf Lodge last year in Kansas City, but I must say, I like the one in Grapevine a bit more.

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Our children were at better ages for it this year, which definitely made it more fun.  It sits right next to DFW, so there are planes landing every couple of minutes which was fantastic in room entertainment.

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We had a ball enjoying all of the slides, the pools and the lazy river.

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Violet LOVED jumping into John's arms.

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We certainly had tired kids.  Though, that didn't stop William from being up for a couple of hours in the middle of one of our nights there.  John ended up on the sofa bed with him after I threw in the towel on getting him to sleep and was quite frustrated.

On Saturday and Sunday night the Clauses had the ingenious idea of swapping Girls and Guys night and getting a bit of time away from the children, because as you might imagine, eating out with 7 children six and under can get a bit wearing.  Steph and I had a lovely dinner out and a trip to Wal-Mart, which totally felt like college except that we were buying dramatically different things than we would have been back then.

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Monday night we headed to see the Dodgers play the Rangers.  We were graciously gifted some tickets for some fantastic seats which was such a treat!

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We parted ways with the Clauses after the game.  I am so thankful for the time with them.  Driving matching Swagger Wagons around wouldn't have been the same with anyone else!

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We got back to our hotel room pretty late after the game and all hit the sack not thinking to set an alarm due to the fact that we sleep for four little alarms.  Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine sleeping straight through til 9:45 a.m.  Especially when we had tickets to Legoland for 10:15 a.m.  After a brief moment of panic, we pulled it together, realized they would likely not turn us away at the door on a random Tuesday and set to packing.  We got to Legoland around 11:15, and we were all in pretty good spirits because of the extra sleep.  We enjoyed our brief time there before hitting the road to head back home.

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Our drive home was a stressful mix of monsoon-ish rain, crying and almost running out of gas.  Needless to say, we were glad to have Little Rock back in our sights and have enjoyed sleeping at home since this trip.  Traveling is always worth it, but it is certainly a lot of work at this stage in the game.

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