Tuesday, July 01, 2008

We're Back from Vacation!

We’re back from our vacation to Wisconsin Dells! We got home on Friday evening, but I wasn't able to log on to update our blog all day Saturday (not sure why) and then Sunday we were gone helping my sister & her family move.

So, after a rough start, vacation was great. The morning we were supposed to leave, Adam came up and got in bed with us for a few minutes. He then threw up in our bed. Ewww! Luckily it wasn’t too much, and he seemed to feel fine before & after, so we think maybe he just choked or something. But, that meant we had to do another load of laundry before we could leave. We finally got out the door and drove 2 hours to our nephew’s baptism.

From there we drove directly to our resort in Wisconsin Dells (about a 7-1/2 hr drive from the baptism location). Our room was very big and gorgeous! It had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen and dining room, a living room with fireplace, washer/dryer, balcony, and our master bathroom had a jetted tub and a huge glass door shower. I think our unit might have been bigger than our house even! lol

Unfortunately the “rough start” to our vacation wasn’t over yet. That night Joe got sick with food poisoning type symptoms and spent the first night and all the first day going between the bathroom and bed. The boys and I got our groceries for the week, and hit the New Frontier and Wild WaterDome waterparks at the resort that day.

After that, the vacation was great! Day 2 we took a ride on the Original Wisconsin Ducks, which was fun. We saw some deer up close, went on the Wisconsin River which had beautiful surroundings (and rode by where Lake Delton had been before it drained into the river).

After that, we had lunch in our room and then hit the Lost World waterpark at the resort.

That night we went to the Tommy Bartlett show, which is normally a ski, stage and sky show, but with Lake Delton gone, it was just a stage show. It was okay, but I think it would have been much better if they’d been able to have the ski part of the show.

Day 3 we headed to the Circus World Museum, located at the site of the original Ringling Bros. Circus Winter Quarters - a National Historic landmark. It was neat. They had over 200 circus wagons (some were very ornate and detailed designs, etc), circus tents, an antique carousel where the music in the middle was actually played by real instruments, a 1-ring circus show that was very good, and another kids’ circus, where they pull kids out of the audience to do the show…they dress up as the elephants, tigers, etc. They pulled Adam up there to be the conductor of the circus music! He was so cute. He had his sunglasses on, and they put a conductor hat on him and had him wave the wand to lead the “band”.

After that we went to another of the waterparks at the resort, called Wild West. It was my favorite of all of them. Very fun stuff. We all had a lot of fun on the waterslides and playing in the water. We also hit the Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark that was right next to it.

That night we went to Moosejaw Pizza and Brewery. It was a neat place too. The whole downstairs floor is a huge arcade/game room/bar where the whole family can be entertained while waiting for a table. Once seated at the table, they give all of the kids moose antler hats to wear. Their pizza was pretty good, their beer was pretty good too, but what was most surprisingly good was their home-brewed root beer. I thought it was very yummy!

Then we took the boys to the arcade in our resort, where they were very happy to win lots of tickets and pick their prizes.

Day 4 we went for a horse-drawn carriage ride through Lost Canyon. Very pretty area and a nice relaxing ride.

After that we headed back to the resort for lunch and then went to the Timberland Playhouse, a huge 30,000 sq foot indoor ball house/play area. The boys played there for a few hours. Then we went for a few more hours back to the waterpark we’d gone to the day before (the best one) and we played as much as we could there, since it was our last day. As it was approaching bedtime, we left to go back to our room.

Day 5 we basically just cleaned up, packed up and left. One road along our route on the way home was closed due to flooding, so we had to find another way around, but otherwise the drive home was fine.

All in all I think we all had a great time, and I hope the boys will always remember this fun family vacation!

Brendan gives this vacation two thumbs up!


Melzie said...

Oh wow!! Looks like a complete blast! At least no one was sick after the start, that would have been rotten luck- hip horray for fun times!!

The Hoyt's said...

Sounds way fun... Id love to take my kids there. They would have a blast!!