Friday, November 04, 2011

Day One

I decided a while back that we needed a family getaway soon. Time for just us, to forget about work and school and house and dog and just focus on a little fun and relaxation. Friends had HIGHLY recommended a waterpark hotel in the Dells, a very do-able drive from where we are and I set about researching.

Since we only had a short work day today with having parent teacher conferences last night and this morning, I thought this weekend would be perfect, and got a GREAT deal at that! I can't believe what is included in the cost. We got a marvelous two queen suite with wet bar and it is SO perfect! There are three indoor waterparks (even more outside but not the season for that, we'll definitely have to make a return trip though!) and so much more to do.

Even though we are out for a family fun weekend, I'm ever the budgeteer. We got a great deal like I said, have a fridge and microwave in the room so brought our own food, and then spent money on gas. We are ordering lunch tomorrow, buying ice cream, and doing one additional activity on site tomorrow for a small cost, but that's it. (Believe me there is SO much more we COULD do.)

I also got "suckered" in to a sales pitch in the morning for a new part of their property, but if the perks I'm supposed to get for listening, while the kids get to go to kids club and play, are real... it's SO worth it... but more on that tomorrow when I see what comes of it! :)

Morning started with the kids at a friends house while I went to the boys conferences and had some of my own. Liam is struggling in different ways and his educational program is changing. I'm not convinced that the changes that were made a week or so ago are what is best for him and we are meeting again this week, so we'll see. It's a hard place to both work and parent in the same district some time because you want badly to advocate, while knowing the people you're advocating for/against/with, and it complicates things. His conference was about what I expected in terms of his educational skills: he's very behind. But I know that, have known that all his life, but have still been so impressed by where he began and how very far he HAS come.

Braeden's... well I was very apprehensive as I wasn't sure how he's been doing lately. And it was such a breath of fresh air! He has just been thriving the past couple weeks. So happy, and helpful, and still fidgety but not as much. No defiance, No refusal, just more a "typical" second grader. And OH how I pray it continues! :)

Olivia's was last night and she's doing well. She's a great kid and still struggling with Math which I've known. A joy to have in class, though she can be chatty after a couple days of sitting in a new group (since she's had to be moved a few times!). Honestly I like that. She has a hard time making friends in new situations so it's good to hear that a couple days of getting to know someone and she's a chatty cathy! :)

The kids had NO idea we were going to the waterpark today and it was a complete surprise when I picked them up shortly after noon! They were very excited! A few hours in the car with a couple new to us DVDs ($5 for three used ones!) and we were there!

No on to the REAL reason you stop by... PICTURES!

All are sound asleep and gearing up for another great day...


Barb said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

annieglan said...

I love the haircut!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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