For this trip home I had some pretty serious expectations. I envisioned lazy summer days spent going down a slip n slide, trips to the community pool, a handful of visits to nearby cities to explore the fun they have to offer.
However, one relentless stomach bug has had other plans for Marcus, Julia and myself. Rather than fully enjoying our time in near perfect summer weather conditions, we've spent some major time trying to recoup and recover.
I kind of want a re-do of this week.
BUT. Stomach bug aside, we have managed to sneak in some fun. And, thankfully, we have a full week left to try and pack in as much fun as possible before embarking home.
That said, here are this week's highlights from the #MackeMidwestTour2016.
1. Great Wolf Lodge!
Before making our trek to Iowa, we spent a night at GWL. The place is literally every kids dream. A massive indoor water park, actives throughout the day, restaurants that gladly served mac and cheese. We didn't want to leave!
2. Kites and Kitties.
There was an evening when the temps were just right, the wind was aplenty, and the household cat was willing to take a time out from his mouse hunt. It was exactly how I pictured all of our evenings would be spent.
3. Water play!
Between the water table and water slide, there is an abundance of fun that is just waiting for us.
4. A little running.
|This isn't a country road, this is in town!|
I'm hoping for several more mornings spent pounding pavement. The openness, the fresh air, it is so good for the soul.
5. Wonder walls.
|Marcus insisted on throwing his hands in the air for each photo.|
Whatever floats your boat, Buddy!
When we had a brief lull in the sickness department we headed out of town to check out a science center, where I fully failed to snap any photos. While there I met up with one of my besties from college and her littles. After the science center, I knew we were close to a pretty epic mural, and I simply couldn't pass up a photo op. The pictures above are painted on one wall, and the wall is the exterior of a restaurant! Next time I'm stopping in for a bite to eat and a drink.
Here's to hoping this next week is without illness, and filled to the brim with fun!