Monday, November 16, 2009

Water, Whiplash, & Waffles: Wisconsin Dells, of Course!

The look on Cy's face pretty much sums up the anticipation our kids have every year during football season. They know that the first weekend in November generally brings with it Dad's A.D. convention...and this year it was in the Wisconsin Dells!

The convention was at the Chula Vista resort, full of Southwestern flare and big Mayan heads like this one. (This is going to sound so naive, but thank you, resort designers, for making underground walkways to the waterpark from the hotel suites. I was wondering how people walked from the indoor waterpark outside in the cold weather back to their hotel rooms!)

The Holy Grail for my kids.

The big kid loved the waterslides more than anybody, I think! See that orange slide in the background? Mark told me it was the "tame" one and made me ride down it with him. What a LIAR!! That, my friends, was the "toilet bowl". Now mind you, I have been on waterslides before, but this one whipped around and around and I didn't know where to rest my head (or if I was SUPPOSED to rest my head). Ditto the roller coaster. It was really fun except for the mild whiplash.

They just hated it. Can't you tell?

Okay, now THIS slide is more my speed. Fast enough, yet equipped with a soft "pillow" to land on at the end. Wynne must have gone down it about a bazillion times.

She had an awful time, too...

Here's an outside shot of that toilet bowl. Paige said, "Since we went down the toilet bowl, does that make us turds?" (Only she pronounces it 'tehds'. You gotta say it the way she says it.) Truer words were never spoken, my daughter!!

That night we showered and drove out for supper. We're real dining afficiandos...we like to hit the quaint little spots that are unique to the region. Not!! (Family of seven + One income = Cheapest, most food you can find. So we ate our weight in pizza and chicken at Pizza Ranch.

Then the next morning we found this little gem:

Being the tourist that I am, I just had to take a picture of this classic diner interior.

I think I've only eaten at a Denny's twice in my life now. That is really not enough. The food is delicious and even CY couldn't finish his waffle, it was that big! He even told James Dean about it.

After the girls hit the "Bus Stop",

We drove over to the Tanger Mall outlets. I wish it wasn't so far away, or I'd drive back for some early Christmas shopping--the prices were low enough for even a tightwad like me to appreciate. Mark did get some great jackets for the football coaching staff at Old Navy, and I managed to sneak a few presents out of the Children's Place.

The girls absolutely fell in love with the Disney Store. Yes, we're raising a bunch of little Consumers. But who can resist a princess gown that's 50% off??

Good thing our kids enjoy the fine art of Window Shopping!

This trip comes at the end of football season, and although we'd certainly like to still be playing for the state title this week, the convention is a good time to "get away" from the stress of the season and for Mark to reacquaint himself with the kids. It was a blessed 24 hours!

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.--Matthew 11:28


Blogger Astrid said...

woo hoo! certainly looked like the family hated that trip. NOT! I'm glad they had water slides for the smaller people. I've been telling my girls that we'll go to the Dells once they actually like going down the slides. So far they've never gone down an enclosed slide (like at the McD's playland).

I'm really glad you had a fun outing! LOL at eating at Denny's! We used to eat at one in Anchorage- they're open 24 hrs- so we'd get coffee in the wee hours of the day there. At least the one you went to looked interesting and classy!

November 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yeah, it was a pretty nice Denny's. I wish my kids didn't like enclosed slides!!

November 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger lera said...

That looks like a fun trip. We went to a Great Wolf Lodge one time and the kids loved it. We wanted to live there. Unfortunately, it had just opened and had GREAT rates. Now we can't afford their regular rates for a family of 8.

(If you are interested in that quiche recipe, shoot me an email.)

November 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

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