"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kalahari -- Part I

"You don't really understand human nature unless you
know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at
his parents every time around--and why his parents
will always wave back."

This weekend, we took a trip. While the outside world once again endured tragedy and the harsh realities of living in a broken place, we trapped ourselves in our own little African bubble for two days. And while my phone and social media kept reminding me of the heartbreak occurring all too close to home, I watched my two little's sleep peacefully in the backseat - both of them exhausted from playing a little too hard - grateful that we had that time away to make memories. Because as we're learning more and more, each day is precious, kids grow way too fast and memories matter. A lot.

We adventured to Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells. And it really was a little adventure right from the beginning. From the broken bridge and the 54-mile detour on the way there, to watching Brandon leave his comfort zone and master those water slides, to Jaden playing basketball in the pool with a few of the nicest 12-year olds we'll ever meet... we had a lot of fun. And the sweetest moments came at the end. When on the way home, without even being told to do so, Jaden broke into the silence with these words: "Papa, thank you for taking us there. I had a really fun time." And on the way to daycare this morning -- Brandon telling me two times during our short drive -- "I love you Mommy. I had so much fun with you at the pool." These kids find so much joy in these unique experiences, and it makes all the hard work to bring it to life worth it.

This huge resort really has everything you could need without ever having to leave the property. Several different restaurants, coffee places, sweet shops, an indoor theme park and arcade, lots to look at -- and of course, the main event -- a giant indoor waterpark filled with thrill slides, three different kids areas, a wave pool and a swim-up bar. We enjoyed a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom suite completed with a full kitchen, balcony and fireplace. I wasn't sure what to expect of our kids - I knew they'd have fun, but I didn't know how many new experiences they'd actually dive into. They love The Falls swimming pool but have always avoided the water slides and are both slow to try new things.

We came away from this experience so proud of them for what they accomplished, the fears they overcame and the pure fun that they had.

A few pictures for now of the resort, itself. A play-by-play of our getaway still to come...

The view from our room. Just to give you an indication of how big this place is -- the resort is one large u-shape - all connected.

A small lobby near our room...

The main lobby...

The wave pool...

More to come!