We made it to the hotel just before lunch and miracle of miracles, our room was ready for us (based on what I had been told, we were expecting to wait until 5pm or so to gain access). The mini-getaway got off to a great start.
I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with the girls – if the weather cooperates, we should have an excellent time. The vacation will be capped off next weekend by a visit with my long-lost, but just recently found, friend from 30 years ago, with whom I reconnected after seeing her profile on LinkedIn. Pretty cool, actually.
Other than the Great Wolf Lodge adventure early next week, the other big event is the delivery of Sophie’s big girl bed and new mattress on Thursday. She’s still pretty ambivalent about the whole idea, and she’s going to have a lot of crib separation anxiety. But the time has come. The end of an era and the beginning of a new one…her young life will hereafter be divided into the BB (“before bed”) days and the AB (“after bed”) days.
I am really glad it’s Friday. I am really glad that Chloe’s eye is better and that Sophie, so far, seems to have escaped contamination.
Sophie is starting to get used to the idea of getting a bed – when we first told her we had ordered a big girl bed for her room, she protested mightily: “I don’t want a bed, I want my crib!” Over the last couple of days, however, she’s started talking about the “pretty bed” she’s going to soon receive. It helps that her Grammy bought her a new nightstand and lamp – everything in her room is now “pretty.” According to Sophie, Grammy is also going to be bringing her a pretty new chair next week. I don’t think Grammy is aware of the deadline, however.
In one week, we will be on vacation. I can’t wait. My first real vacation since starting the new job – almost seven months ago! Great Wolf Lodge crazy water park resort, here we come! Chloe will be in heaven there. Sophie will likely be completely overwhelmed and my husband and I will probably be in need of a bottle of Extra-Strength Tylenol. Anything for the kids, right?
So much has happened since last June. Between the time spent with the girls and the new job…all good, really. And here we are. Looking forward to the summer and to weekends spent at the pool.
We decided to go away for a couple of days during our week off at the end of the July. We’re taking the girls to Great Wolf Lodge, a hotel with a huge indoor water park. When I showed Chloe the Web site, her eyes opened wide in excitement. The multitude of slides were almost as wonderful to her as the hotel room itself, with the bunk bed for her and Sophie to share.
Speaking of beds, we still haven’t ordered a bed for Sophie. Haven’t found one we really like, and haven’t had time to continue our quest for one. Pathetic, really. Poor Sophie. When Chloe was ready for a bed, we obsessively shopped for one and found it rather quickly. With Sophie, we’re rather indifferent about the whole process.
On the other hand, Sophie has something Chloe never had. Riding with Papa on his bike. My readers will recall that Sophie’s initial foray into riding on the back of Papa’s bike was an unmitigated disaster. Primarily because she did not want to wear the helmet. She has since come around, realizing that we all wear helmets to go bike riding. And we’ve enjoyed several family rides together over the last few weeks. And today, for the first time, my husband took her with him for his weekly exercise ride. “Faster, faster,” is her mantra. She came home from the adventure all smiles. What more could we ask for?