Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vacation Recap Days One-Three

Okay, so when I started this blog, I mentioned that part of the reason was to help me preserve memories until I got around to scrapbooking them, right?
Well, here we go. :) The next couple of days I'll be posting a recap of our recent vacation to the Wisconsin Dells. So, long story short, no Ten on Tuesday this week.
We left for Wisconsin bright and early on Saturday, the drive there wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be. Despite a brief detour through the mean streets of Gary, Indiana (thanks GPS!) we made it to our hotel by mid-afternoon.

Since we made such good time, our room wasn't quite ready. But lucky us, Radio Disney was there to promote the new Magic Quest game at Great Wolf. The boys got to play some games and compete in some contests. In fact, Bryce got to participate in the hula-hooping contest. Something you may not know about Bryce? He's a master hula-hooper. Seriously. He competed in some hula-hoop contest at school and took second place. So, of course, he destroyed the competition and took home a Disney DVD. Jarron also competed in a name that song competition and won a Disney DVD.

After checking into our room, we decided to head down to the indoor waterpark and do a little swimming. The boys loved the wave pool but the main attractions for the twins were the water slides. The bigger and scarier they were the better. Chuck and the twins rode the "tornado", which looked super scary but they loved it!

The next day we headed into town and decided to take a couple of boat tours. The first tour was a tour of the Upper Dells on the Wisconsin River. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. At one point we got to disembark and tour some of the dells near Stand Rock called the Witches Gultch. So cool. We also got to see a dog jump a ledge onto Stand Rock. Amazing!

After lunch at the yummy Moosejaw, we took an Original Wisconsin Ducks boat tour of the lower Dells. Jarron got to co-pilot the Duck, which he loved!

The next day we headed into downtown Wisconsin Dells, where Chuck and the boys rode a monster truck. The guy who ran this particular attraction kept yelling, Whoooooo! So funny.

After some monster trucking, we made a stop at the Wisconsin Deer Park. There are literally hundreds of domesticated deer that come right up to you and eat out of your hands. The deer were so cute. Our favorites were the reindeer-the antlers still had the soft fur on them. The kids really enjoyed it.

Our next stop was the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show. We got there pretty early, so we were able to get front row seats. Which in hindsight, may not have been the best idea. The pre-show started and Bryce was picked yet again to be in a hula hooping contest (seriously!). Unfortunately, he lost this one but still had fun. Then the show started. The premise of the show was a group of "bad" fraternity kids some how took possesion of Camp Bartlett and wanted to shut it down. So the "good" campers were trying to stop that from happening. About ten minutes into the show I look over at Jackson and see that he is FREAKING OUT. I mean shaking with fear. Yikes. He really thought that "Moose" (the bad guy in the show) was going to hurt someone. I guess since, he's never really been to a play or anything, it seemed real to him. I had to take him to the back of the stands and explain that it was pretend and that no one would be hurt. After a few minutes he calmed down enough to go back and was fine.
The rest of show was pretty cool and Jackson began to relax and enjoy it.

Needless to say, after a super busy day, we couldn't wait to head back to the hotel and crash.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of the rest of the week-we still had horseback riding, a birthday to celebrate, indoor amusement parks and more!

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