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Currently… 8/7/14

It’s been a long while, but I’m linking up today with Harvesting Kale and Ot & Et to share what we’re CURRENTLY up to.  If you’ve done a similar post, feel free to go link up too!

Mason is currently…

craving smoothies – this boy LOVES his smoothies and asks to make them all the time. Well, all the time when I have zero good smoothie ingredients, it seems.

cleaning nothing much these days. It seems like the days of dragging out 30,000 toys are behind us as our living room hasn’t looked like a bomb has went off recently, There’s been no real need for him to do much other than put away Legos or a tractor lately. I probably just totally cursed myself by posting that on the interwebz, huh?

daydreaming about vacation. He asks all the time when we can go on “bay-cation” again and then asks if this baycation can include baseball. I’m not really sure what he means by this because there’s no chance he’d sit through an actual entire baseball game as he makes it about ten minutes at the local games. But he’s been thinking about a “baseball and swimming baycation” a lot recently.

growing up way too quickly. National Night Out was Tuesday night and unlike last year where he wanted to drive all the trucks and climb on everything, this year he was more about running the obstacle course and playing on the playground. It was kind of bittersweet. Him and his BFF DID stop long enough to pose for their annual fire truck photo though!

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                                                    2013 Above, 2014 Belownono14

reading a book that I picked up at Goodwill where Clifford teaches about math and Mason can move around magnetic bones to go along with the math problems. Best $1.29 I’ve spent lately.

I am currently…

craving ice cream. I’ve had an upset stomach all day and realize this would be a bad idea, but it sounds oh so good.

cleaning not as much as I should be. My computer desk is a disaster of epic proportions. Taking the usual mess of mail + stuff I bring home from work + stuff that comes home from daycare and then adding in all  my Jamberry stuff (samples, mailing supplies, etc) and ohhh man could this desk use some serious cleaning and organizing!

daydreaming about what will happen if I can ever get my Jamberry business off the ground. All it takes is one or two Facebook parties to get the ball rolling and I can’t wait until that happens to me (hopefully in two weeks!) My friend who got me hooked is making a killing just a few months in and I really hope I can follow in her footsteps!

growing larger by the day. I really need to get my mindless eating and butt-sitting under control. Good thing I didn’t throw out all my bigger clothes when I lost all those inches last year…

reading is awesome. I didn’t read much of anything in June and July and now am back at it. Just finished Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and tomorrow I will pick up Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline.

Pick a topic and tell me what you’re CURRENTLY doing in the comments!

Catch the Moment #11 :: Project 365

Thursday, March 13
We had a wild un-handable pot belly pig in today at work to get neutered. It made the morning very… interesting.
Pot bellied pig

Friday, March 14
My friend and I road tripped nearly 80 miles one way so I could see the Veronica Mars movie. I’m a HUGE fan of the show and a definitely on Team LoVe and the movie DID NOT disappoint (even though my friend nearly fell asleep during it, oops)
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Saturday, March 15
My friend gave birth to her first son today, an adorable baby boy (Totally cheating, as I took this picture 8 days later)
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Sunday, March 16
I still have a birthday post coming, but on Mason’s birthday, we took a quick trip to Wal-Mart, hit the Children’s Museum, went out for frozen yogurt, and then at his request, stopped to play with his Cousin Chloe. We tried to get a picture of them together but they’d only sit still long enough to make silly faces.
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Monday, March 17
Mason was so thrilled with the golf clubs he picked out at Wal-Mart on his birthday that we totally forgot to open his “real” present on his big day. So we opened it the next night and he was SUPER thrilled as he’d been waiting for four months for this digger!
Birthday Boy & his Digger

Tuesday, March 18
Missed this day :o(

Wednesday, March 19
Mason got a new book order and Charly thought they made REALLY good bedtime stories.
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So Many New Things! – Wilderness Resort 2014

This month, we took our first trip to Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, but since going there, we’ve talked to half a dozen different families who have been there before and make it an annual (or regular) vacation spot and man, I can see why. Not only do they have so many fun things to do just in waterpark features alone, there is so much more to the resort than just waterparks and every year, they add new features and activities.

New for 2014 is a 4,000 square-foot, two-story lazer tag arena that looked super awesome. Teams of up to 15 players can challenge each other to a showdown! It looked like a great time. Mason was a little too young for this activity, but I would have done it in a heartbeat had he not been with.

Wilderness Lazer Tag

While we didn’t play lazer tag, we had a blast in the all new Marshall Training Lazer Maze. In it you have to use your speed and agility to successfully navigate through the maze. If you break a beam, your time is penalized. This totally reminded me of all the old TV shows where someone is trying to steal the diamonds and rubies and the building has super duper security so you have to crawl under all the lazer alarms and such. With three levels of difficulty, there is something for everyone, agile or not. Mason and I tried the Lazer Maze twice and while at first he was a little freaked out (he’s not a huge fan of the dark) we had a blast and he asked to do it again and again. (In case anyone is curious, I was the one who tripped the alarm the first time and Mason tripped it the second time, but we successfully completed both of our missions!)

Marshall Training Lazer Maze

While we were hanging out at the WaterDome waiting for the waves to appear, we could see the well disguised construction area where Wilderness Resort is opening a swim-up bar capable of serving 88 guests! The wave pool was fantastic but killing time between waves with a margarita would have been even MORE fantastic! Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar opens in May 2014 and you can bet I’ll be having a drink there on our next trip!

Margarita's Swim Up Bar

And if there weren’t enough food and drink choices already, this summer the Klondike Boardwalk will open upon the mezzaninen level of the Klondike Kavern, offering fun sounding eateries like Yukon Yogurt, Klondike Kate’s Libations, & Klondike Pizza Kitchen. I know when my husband was waterparked out, he would have been more than happy to munch some food and watch Mason get soaked by the giant bucket again and again. Next time, right honey?

The other fantastic addition coming this summer is the Wilderwoods Go-Kart Trail. They already have outdoor Go-Karts, but the indoor track will offer a fun option for those of us vacationing in less fortunate weather! The 525 foot long course will feature crazy turns, corkscrews, and 12 cars. I would love to challenge my husband in a Go- Kart race and I’m sure Mason would get a real kick out of it too.

With all these great things to do, one thing that made them even more enjoyable were our Wild Fun Passes. These passes each cost $24.95 and they really making having a great time easy and fun! Each Wild Fun Pass gives one person the chance to do the sky ropes course, two mini golf courses, the bumper boats, lazer tag, the Marshall Lazer training maze, the upcoming go-kart trail and a discount at Pistol Pete’s ice cream shop. We each had a Wild Fun pass and it made things SO convenient – hand them the pass and go have fun. No worrying about how much money each activity costs, if you should do one thing over another, instead, save some money and do EVERYTHING with one convenient pass! In the summer, there is an Extreme Wild Fun Pass for $29.95 which includes additional outdoor activities as well. We totally loved the passes and since they were running a Buy Three, Get One Free promo, we used our extra pass to repeat some of our favorite activities! Plus they never expire so you can save them and use them again if you don’t have time to do all of the activities. So much fun!

Disclaimer: Wilderness Resort provided a one night stay for my family in exchange for telling my readers about our awesome vacation and their upcoming attractions. All opinions are 100% mine. Photos in this post are property of Wilderness Resort.

My Three Year Old Is Braver Than Me. And You. And Everyone Else.

When we went on vacation, one of the things I was really looking forward to doing was the Northern Lights Ropes Course. Basically, this is an obstacle course of sorts where you’re walking on swinging bridges, balance beams, tightropes, stairs, etc, all 30+ feet above the ground. I’ve seen a variety of activities like this on TV over the years and the  people who braved these things always seem so proud that they did something out of their comfort zone and I wanted that to be me even though I have the world’s worst balance.

So we get to Wilderness and my mind is made up. I’m going to do the ropes course. My husband thinks I’m nuts and when it gets to be time to do it, Mason wants to do it too. Well, like I said, I have ZERO balance and really wasn’t comfortable with the idea of being in charge of Mason while I was clinging for my life 30 feet above the ground (even though I would be harnessed, I know that wasn’t turning me into an Olympic gymnast in the balance department) so SuperDad elected to go as well.

Knowing we were first timers, a course guide went before Mason to help us get started. Then Mason went and then SuperDad. And you guys? I saw my little 35 pound son, my only child, walking across a rope 30 feet in the air and I almost puked all over. I didn’t even step foot on the first rope before going “Uh uh. No way. NOT going to happen,” I stared for a while and then had the person take my safety gear off so I could go watch my family die have fun.

ropescourse4(This one gives you a better idea how high up above the ground they were)

I got out my camera and start taking pictures – mainly of Mason and the ropes course instructor and a few of my husband, who looked as swooshy as my stomach felt. (I’m doing him a favor and not posting any of those pictures!) To make a long story (slightly) short(er), SuperDad went over three obstacles and then spent the next 15 minutes working his way back to the beginning point and Mason? Well, Mason and the course guide did every obstacle. Some of them multiple times. The guy was FANTASTIC with Mason and let him pick where he wanted to go next and WALKED BACKWARD and held Mason’s hand on the harder stuff.

ropescourse3Occasionally Mason would catch sight of me and call “Hi Mommy!” and give me a big smile and a thumbs up, and then it was back to business.They stayed out there the full half an hour and left no obstacle unturned.

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(I’m so bummed this picture is so blurry, but I was still trying not to vomit at this point LOL)

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As I walked around to get pictures from a better angle, I saw people everywhere stopping and commenting on my tiny little Mason out there, braver than could be. Fingers pointing, crowds gathering, everyone wanted to watch the little kid going with insane confidence over the course.  It was a sight to behold and I still can’t really believe he did it, especially after we BOTH bailed on him!

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So yeah, my (then) 3 year old is MUCH braver than his Mom and Dad.

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 *This post was NOT sponsored by Wilderness Resort. They did provide a free one night stay for my family but our time on the ropes course (or lack there of) was entirely my own idea*

 

 

Wilderness Resort – The Waterparks

If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know that Mason LOVES water! We took his first swimming lessons just shy of 6 months old and going to the swimming pool, beach, and playing in his backyard pool are the highlights of his summer. We’re also lucky enough to live within driving distance of the waterpark capital of the world – Wisconsin Dells! We recently spent a whirlwind three days in Wisconsin Dells and despite the sub-zero temperatures, Wilderness Resort had us floating, sliding, swimming, and splashing to our hearts content! Which makes sense because they just happen to be America’s largest waterpark resort!

Wilderness Resort has over 500,000 square feet dedicated to just waterparks alone and four of these parks (over 200,000 square feet) are completely indoors and ready for play even in the dead of winter! Unlike other vacations where you’re worried how you’ll possibly be able to keep the preschooler entertained, I was worried we wouldn’t possibly have time to play everywhere we wanted to play!

With four completely different indoor waterparks, we had a hard time choosing what we wanted to do. SuperDad wanted to do the wave pool (America’s biggest indoor wave pool, at that!), I had my eye on some slides (like the Hurricane and the Black Hole) and I wanted to make sure that Mason got plenty of time in the areas just designed for kids his age as well as family raft rides, of which there was several!

We started out our wet and wild vacation at Klondike Kavern. It was here Mason fell in love with the dumping bucket. Every five minutes or so, a chime would ding and over 750 gallons of water would dump from a giant bucket. Standing under that gush of water was Mason’s nirvana and he could have done that for several hours a day had we let him!

Wilderness Resort Bucket Dump
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We hit up some family tube slides and SuperDad and I took turns playing with Mason while we went down some solo slides too. Every single slide was fun and added to the “let’s do that again later!” list. Then we headed over to the Wild WaterDome and played in the wave pool for a LONG time. Mason and I shared a double tube and SuperDad got his own tube and was responsible for pushing us back out into the deeper water as the crazy crashing waves pushed us back to dry land. We had a great time as a family laughing and hanging on tight as waves big and small crashed against our tubes. I was also totally in love with the 100% windowed roof (aka dome) There was sunshine on my skin for the first time in 5 months despite the extreme temperatures outside. It was glorious! In the end, the only thing that got us out of the wave pool was our hungry tummies!

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The next day, we hit up the “Wild West” which is the biggest of the four indoor waterparks. The presence of another dumping bucket made Mason super happy, as well as his chance to do another family raft ride with us. He loved being able to go on a big slide with Mom & Dad and we loved the quick lines and the opportunity to do something where all three of us could participate. I waited in line for the much anticipated Black Hole slide and it didn’t disappoint. You guys, this was the FASTEST waterslide I’ve ever been on and quite frankly, I could have went down it another twenty times had the rest of the family not been waiting for me! Then Mason and I played on the Ransack Ridge Play and Spray Structure and did some smaller slides while SuperDad hit up the body slides. So. Much. Fun. We ended up back at Klondike Kavern and I went on the Hurricane slide that I’d heard so much about. I had never been on anything like it and it definitely lived up to the hype!

On our third day, we attended the rubber ducky races at the Lazy River and then hit up all of our favorites from the first two days. We spent a ton of time crashing the waves in the Wild WaterDome and doing family raft slides and watching Mason get 750 gallons of water dumped on him over and over and over. We also took several laps around the Lazy River and Mason felt like a super Big Kid getting to ride his own tube around the tame, but relaxing, river.

We never made it over to Cubby’s Cove despite our best intentions, but I’m sure Mason would have loved all the Mason-sized slides, geysers, and spray guns! We also never remembered the bumper boats when we had our swimsuits on so they’re definitely on our to-do list for our next visit!

I loved that there was something for every age at each of the parks. Mason was more than thrilled to play in the youngest child areas in each park or go down some of the bigger slides with us and we were more than thrilled to have a great selection of tamer and more adventurous slides, as well as have stuff that we could do both with and without Mason. The provided life jackets and life guards at every turn helped give a real feeling of safety and security and allowed us to give Mason a bit more freedom, which gave him a bit more confidence to do things he might not have normally tried. And really, fun waterpark or not, that right there is always a parenting win!

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We also loved that the waterparks were open to resort guests only. While we intentionally went on a Sunday-Tuesday so there would be fewer people there, the fact that they don’t open up their waterparks to everyone who walks in really helps keep the traffic down and the lines for the slides a lot shorter than they are at other waterparks we’ve been to. And, yeah, as a mother of a 4 year old (and a slightly impatient person myself), less time waiting in line and more time playing is always a customer service win to me!

I was initially worried about the walk between waterparks being too much for a (nearly) four year old but the hallways were well heated and once we figured out the best route between locations, it was a snap getting around the resort. While it sounds strange, Wilderness Resort’s awesome towel service (which let us trade our wet towels in for dry ones at any moment) made things a lot less stressful too! We’d get fresh dry towels anytime we had to walk anywhere and turn in our wet ones when it was time to play again. This made it so handy to not have to worry about where our towels were and we never had to deal with wrapping a chilly kid up in a soggy towel. A total win if you ask me!

Throughout our three days there, we got a chance to see parts of the (empty and snow covered) waterparks outside through the windows. They looked like so much fun and Mason frequently asked “Can we go down THAT slide?!” With four MORE huge outdoor waterparks and several walk up dining and drinking establishments in each waterpark, I have no idea how or why anyone would ever leave the waterpark area in the summer!

If you’re trying to figure out a fun winter OR summer getaway for your family (or just as a couple?) we give six thumbs up to Wilderness Resort and their amazing waterparks!

Disclaimer: Wilderness Resort gave us 1 night of lodging in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own and not influenced by this exchange in any way.

Catch the Moment #9 :: Project 365

We were away on vacation for a mere 3 days and wow did it throw my blogging schedule off!

Thursday, February 27
Today we registered Mason for 4k. I had thought this was going to be a big to-do, but we basically turned in our paperwork and Mason played in both of his potential classrooms.
4k Registration

Friday, February 28
Slow news day. Haven’t taken a picture of Katze lately.
Katze cat

Saturday, March 1
Joe and Charly got a new shipment of Bully Sticks. They were very excited.
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Sunday, March 2

Mason hunted for Scaredy Squirrel while we waited to check into the resort.
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Monday, March 3
What Mason and Daddy do while Mommy looked for deals at the Outlet Mall
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Tuesday, March 4
This bucket dumped over a thousand gallons of water every two minutes or so. It was Mason’s favorite thing of the whole vacation.
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Wilderness Resort Bucket Aftermath

Wednesday, March 5
Joe was happy to get home from his slumber party and sleep in his own our bed
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Catch the Moment #8 :: Project 365

This week’s photos sponsored by the words SNOW, COLD, and SICK OF WINTER.

Thursday, February 20
All week led up to severe winter storm warnings. It was forecasted to start snowing around 1:00 and snow 8-16″ on Thursday into Friday. This was our view at 4:00 when the snow finally started.Snow & Barn

Friday, February 21
School was cancelled and daycare was cancelled. SuperDad had picked up an extra shift, so Mason and I had a snow day.
Mason in the Snow

Saturday, February 22
So, I know I live in Wisconsin and I know it’s winter, but this right here is proof that this winter has been RIDICULOUS.
Weather Forecast

Sunday, February 23
We started playing Uno with Mason this weekend and he loves it. He also wins more often than not, even without our help!
Mason playin Uno

Monday, February 24
Monday night was my first Financial Peace University class. I had to settle for a picture of the kit as I didn’t want to creep out my new classmates.
FPU Kit

Tuesday, February 25
It never figures that when I’m running late, I get stuck behind the school bus (or a tractor)
Behind a School Bus

Wednesday, February 26
Charly apparently was very worried no one was going to remember to feed him.
Charly with his Bowl

Congrats to all of my fellow Catch the Moment bloggers – we’ve taken a photo a day for two months now!

Our Upcoming Vacation :: Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells

I’m so excited that we’re finally getting away from the endless snow and humdrum of staring at the walls and heading to WISCONSIN DELLS!

No, it’s not exactly outdoor waterpark weather and there will still be several feet of snow there, BUT, we’re going to have an awesome wonderful fun filled three days that not many places can compete with.

How? Enter Wilderness Resort.

Wilderness Logo

This place has FOUR indoor water parks. FOUR. Not just one, not two, but FOUR. Not only are they home of America’s largest indoor wave pool, but they also have thrill slides, family raft rides, and slides for every age range from young toddler to the elderly! They’ve thought of EVERYTHING from pool basketball, lily pad challenges, tube slides, zero depth spray parks, a multi-level kids play area, a lazy river, and basically every water feature you can imagine.

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I would be over the moon about just the water parks, but there is so much MORE than that to do!

We will also be able to:

Play lazer tag!

Play mini-golf in any of the THREE indoor courses!
Wild Buccaneer Mini Golf Course
(Um, a pirate themed golf course? Color Mr. Mason MIND BLOWN)

Ride bumper boats!

Do a ropes course 30 feet above the ground!

Pretend we’re stealing a diamond and go through the lazer mazewrlazer

Eat at any of the five one-site restaurants!

Go on a carriage ride!

Play at an arcade!

And so much more!

I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do all the stuff available in just three days, but we’re going to try! Wilderness Resort, we will be seeing you soon! And blogger friends, get ready for PICTURE OVERLOAD! I can’t wait!!

**All pictures on this post are property of Wilderness Hotel & Resort. All excitement expressed in this post is mine entirely and was not bought in any way**