Nathan and Luke had their last history class of the semester Wednesday morning, and as soon as they were done (well, okay, about 2 hours after they were done, even though I was trying to be really organized . . .) we left to drive down to Great Wolf Lodge for a much-needed mini-vacation! We got there around 4:00, but things started off stressfully (or maybe it is more accurate to say "Bob and I started out stressed, so little things were very stressful", LOL). When we had originally made reservations, we asked about getting an extra wristband, since we wouldn't have enough for Faith with just the 8 for one room. But the person there said we couldn't buy an extra one for her (since we already had so many people in the room), so we ended up booking 2 rooms--actually 2 "Grizzly Suites", since they were all the same price with our homeschool discount. This gave us 4 bedrooms (6 queen size beds!) and 2 bathrooms! It was actually really nice to be able to spread out. But the stressful part for me was that they couldn't (wouldn't?) let both rooms be unlocked by the same code. So Bob and the older 4 boys were all going to sleep in one room, and so their wristbands would only open that door. The younger 5 and I were in the other room, and our wristbands only opened our door. Well, that's annoying. We solved it by not putting wristbands on Micah and Drew, who technically didn't need them, and by putting their "non-unlocking" wristbands on Grace and Faith, leaving an extra wristband for each room that no one wore. (Jonathan's band unlocked my room.) I kept the extra 2 bands in the diaper bag during the day, and then each room kept the extra band for the opposite room during the night. That came in handy, as it turned out!
Bob was stressed because our second room wasn't ready at 4:00, or even 10 minutes later, but rather 30 minutes later. We were trying to get organized before going down to swim, and it was hard knowing we would eventually be moving half the stuff to a different room. But the hotel ended up giving us late checkout for both rooms, so that ended up being really, really nice.
The older boys stayed up late and played games in our second room. Again, it was really nice to have the extra space, and to know they weren't keeping the littler ones awake!
We had a bit of a restless night, though. I remember from other stays that it seems like we never sleep all that well the first night, so in that respect it is good to stay a second night. Well, Drew was up talking to himself at midnight (also someone a floor above us fell out of bed with a thump and started crying, which made me think it was Micah, so I ran in and started trying to find him--sound asleep in the middle of his bed until I started moving things around!). Then at 3:30 Ana came in to tell me that Micah was crying because "it's too dark". So I went back in to settle him down, and I dozed off in his bed. Then I heard the main door open, and in walked Bob. I leaped out of Micah's bed to stop him so he wouldn't wake up Drew and to find out what he was doing. It turns out Jonathan had eaten too much at CiCis and then at the game party, and he had lost it all over the bed. Bob cleaned all the mess up (yay, Bob!!), but Caleb and Jonathan were now sleeping in what had been his bed, and so he was over in my room, looking for a place to stay. So yeah, overall, not a very restful night!
We all slept in a little bit, had breakfast over in my room, and then everyone except Micah, Drew and I went down to the waterpark. I washed the clothes that had been vomited on (I can't even get away from laundry for one night, LOL!), moved everything from the boys' room over to mine, and then put Drew down for a little nap. After Drew woke up, the 3 of us went down to swim a bit. It was MUCH warmer that day, and I think that really helped the younger kids have a much funner time, since they weren't freezing, and didn't have to spend as much time in the hot tub, warming up!
We came back to the room for lunch, and then Bob loaded up the van. Really, the late checkout is the way to go if you are only staying one night. It made lunch and packing up so much less stressful. It is a pain getting 11 people's clothes ready to change into, and divided up into boys' clothes and girls' clothes for the different changing rooms! But we swam and had a great time the whole afternoon. We spent a lot of time with Ann and Jasmine and Joshua, much to Grace and Faith's delight. By the end of the time, Micah and Jasmine were getting along like a house afire as well, splashing around with each other. They are just a few months apart in age. It was so cute!