(the outside of the hotel, yes this is exactly the place we stayed at) Great Wolf. Their website http://greatwolflodge.com/grandmound/lodge Great Wolf Lodge features an eight-story, northwoods-themed resort with one of the largest indoor waterparks in America. Make a splash in your scrapbook with a family vacation conveniently located in Centralia, Washington between Seattle and Portland. And our Conference Center is also available for corporate and social functions for groups from 8 to 800. Start your getaway today! It is like a mini Dinseyland located 20 mins south of Olympia. We did everything there at the hotel/waterpark. They have restuarants, spa, waterpark, a fun, electronic scavenger hunt called Magi Quest. They have several over the US but mostly in the southern, eastern US. So the closest one to us and Idahoians is here but you NE's and Wy's might be closer to one in the midwest?? I don't know. We went with Matt and Danell Naef and their kids. We arrived Tues afternoon @2:30 and stayed until Thrursday afternoon 2:30. We started swimming. Waterpark is opened from 9-9, Magiquest is open 9-10. There is an arcade, a tweeny, teen room with Wi-Fi, Wii, dancing. (we didn't do that, and it all costs $ except the waterpark is included in your stay). This wasn't a cheap outting but it was well worth the $. The rooms weren't huge or great but we were only there to sleep. We happened to go at the time of Halloween so they were having a trick or treat activity so we brought our outfits and dressed up and had a fun time with that. Kyle and Justin Naef and Bode playing Magiquest Lexi showing her fashion in the hottub.Fort Mackenzie is a four-story interactive treehouse water fort offering 12 levels of super-soaking fun for the family. Younger kids can climb with their parents to reach the slides at the top. The older ones will love making their way over suspension bridges and cargo nets to spray stations and soaker buckets. (Watch out below!) The GREATEST of soaker buckets is the 1,000-gallon tipper that sits atop Fort Mackenzie. Every few minutes, the warning bell clangs, and the bucket begins to tip its contents over the roof and onto the giggling group below. Bode had a great time on this gym. There were 2!! fun water slides (not baby ones, although they had them) that were perfect for him and you didn't have to ride with him. In the back ground you can see stairs up to 3!!! huge waterslides. Bode was tall enough to go on 2 of them but not the Howlin' Tornado, too short. But you had to ride with him on those 2. It was HUGE fun!! I went on every side yes even the tornado however, I only went once on it. TOO SCARY!!Howlin' Tornado at night. Grab up to 3 other members of your pack willing to drop into the 6-story funnel. You'll quickly learn how this ride earned its name. Repeatedly swish and swirl 30 feet up the sides of the funnel, before making a safe splash landing.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Posted by Tricia Freeman at 12:10 PM
We had the best time at Great Wolf Lodge. There was sooo much to do. The worst part was there weren't hooks in the bathroom to hang all our wet clothes and everything cost $ to do except play in the water park. We had a great time. I will post more pics when I have time as I have laundry to do and all sorts of other things to get done today. I also have some vinyl orders. Everyone be sure to post your kids in their costumes!! There was a bucket of water that dumped 1000 gallons on your head. It was an incredible force.We "died" at the cemetary in the main lobby at Great Wolf. They had a trick or treat trail where the kids got to dress up in their costumes and go on a cute little adventure getting candy and listening to riddles, etc. We stopped for a photo op at the cemetary. I can't imagine what it looks like at Christmas all decorated!!The fireplace mantle all decked out in orange. This mantle was at least 2 stories tall. The white and green circular looking things are green eggs and ham because they were doing an ode to Suess. SOO fun!The cemetary without kids in front of it.
The clock tower with pumpkin contest at the base of it.
Posted by Tricia Freeman at 8:07 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Ok, I was in a hurry to get to the school to pick up Sum to get her to her appointment at the dr to fix her braces and I got pulled over in the school parking lot. The officer asked me if I knew why I got pulled over. I wasn't quite sure if it was just for speeding or if it was also for the VERY dirty back window that I'm sporting right now on my van. I sheepishly said, "I was speeding." He said, "Even if the kids hadn't been playing (speed limit is 20 in the school zone) you would have gotten a ticket because you were going 36." I said, "You're right. I shouldn't have been speeding." He didn't give me a ticket but I have had some thoughts about this whole thing since then.
Why do I think that my life and things I "have to do" are more important than anyone else's life? Why can't I seem to remember the pain that I have felt at the hand of someone else's desire to do something for themselves, totally thinking about themselves and not how their actions might affect others? Oft times I drive through the Edwin Markum school zone. It's SOOO annoying right out there in the middle of nowhere where you can set your cruise and just cruise but the thought comes to me, "Who's kid do you want to run over?" I don't want to run over anyone's kid. So why can't I remember that?
There is a way to combat this human fallacy of mine. That is the Atonement of our Savior. We are covered under a protective blanket from our own sins and from those sins against us and from those sins that WE might commit against others. However, there is some effort included in this protection. We have to try our best and do our best to not commit sin and if we do, we need to repent and not do it again. So as I'm going about my days going here and there, busy with my life, I have tried to take this lesson I've learned to heart. Slow down, prevent what sins you can and repent of the sins that you have commited. I learned all this from an officer at Basin City Elementary and from my sweet brother who looks down on me from above.
Posted by Tricia Freeman at 7:53 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I've been busy slash trying to get my crafts done for my two hundredth give away so I haven't wanted to post becasue I'm not quite done yet. But be watching cuz it's coming soon!!
Posted by Tricia Freeman at 7:40 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
That's all I have time to say. This post just gets us closer to Terrific Two Hundred and a give-away!!
Posted by Tricia Freeman at 9:20 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well, I had a crazy day yesterday as I got to go to the temple and then get back to a VB game that I was reffing. Lexi called Eric to see if I was coming and then called me while I was on the badlands about 3:40 (game starts at 4) seeing if I was coming. I told her I would be there. Then she called while I was driving into the parking lot to see if I was coming. She's getting better at VB and now the season's over. Hopefully she will improve in the off season. I'm trying to get ready for the craft day. It's hard because not alot of people have contacted me and I would like to know so that I could start cutting wood and vinyl and stuff. Anyway, I should have a busy weekend and week and I will be MISSING a VB game to be at Enrichment!! YIKES!! What will the parents' group think about me not being there???!!!
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Monday, October 6, 2008
Wasn't conf great. I just love it. I do want to listen to it again though and absorb more and wasn't RS Gen Meeting good too. Especially Pres. Uchtdorf's talk. SOOO YUMMY!!! You can go here to learn, listen or watch more http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=e419fb40e21cef00VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD
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Friday, October 3, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
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