After leaving Toronto, we headed to Niagara Falls for Great Wolf Lodge. We are kind of on the fence about GWL leading up to it. We had never been before and weren't sure if there would be enough for Kale to do as a two year old. It's not exactly cheap either, so it was a bit of a risk. However, Kale LOVES the water and after two days of warming up in the hotel pool in Toronto, he was ready to take his skills to the slides and wave pools.
As soon as we walked into GWL I was all "ah sh*t, what have we signed up for?" The place is totally crazy. There are talking trees and giant moose and 90000 kids running around in swimsuits. Kale was clinging to me, convinced that a racoon was going to attack him at any moment (a totally justified fear, I might add). We threw our stuff in our room and raced to the water park where we all just about lost our minds. It is HUGE and there was soooo much for Kale to do. I didn't bring my camera in because it was impossible to walk around without getting completely soaked.
Top three highlights:
- Kris and I decided to split a pitcher of beer with dinner. About halfway through, Kale was all "let's ditch this joint and go run laps through the lobby." As Kris and I manically tried to guzzle our beer, our server came over and informed us she could bring some plastic cups so we could take our beer with us. I'm pretty sure I cried tears of joy at this point. Actual tears, people.
- Kale wasn't big enough for any of the slides - except the family slide. Basically the entire family goes in a giant tube down a huge tube slide. The three of us piled in, with Kale in the middle, gripping handles on either side. You could tell he had no idea what was going on and has we hurdled down the slide, a look of sheer terror overcame him. It was heartbreaking and adorable all at once. The next day we tried it again and he had the same reaction - but at the bottom he cheered and yelled for "mo' water!"
- At 8pm the talking tree, the moose and a bear read a bedtime story to all the kids in the lobby. There were easily 100 kids there, all sitting in rows in their pj's and listening intently. Kale loved it and clapped along with the other kids, yelling at the owl and racoons.
We woke up on Monday, Kale's actual birthday, spent a few more hours at the water park and decided to go visit the falls. Kale passed out after three seconds in the car so we just kept driving home.
We spent the afternoon with Kale's Uncle Karl and Aunt Niki, eating BBQ and running around the yard. After they left, it was just the three of us for birthday cake and presents.
|(apparently I'm the only one excited here....)|
I'm really glad that we decided to spend the weekend celebrating Kale's birthday this way - touring Toronto, having brunch with friends, going to GWL, and keeping things low-key at home. For us, it was perfect.
And at 9:40pm, I crawled into bed beside him. Remembered his birth just two years before. Kissed his sweaty toddler forehead and whispered "happy birthday."