|The family (minus me) outside the Lodge|
We started our vacation at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Oh. The first thing that amazed us was the room. Sebastian got to sleep in a "Wolf Den" that had bunkbeds and his own TV! Sebastian didn't want to leave, but we coaxed him to try the water park. Once there he didn't want to go back to the room! At first he only wanted to stay in the pool. He had on a water vest which kept him afloat and he enjoyed swimming without the help of Mommy or Daddy. The next day we had him try the slides. He LOVED the slides! He went on them (alternating with Mommy and Daddy) for hours.
|Sebastian having a blast.|
|Daddy and Sebastian coming out of one of the tubes.|
We decided we have to come back to another Great Wolf Lodge. Sebastian cried when we had to leave, and it is still his favorite part of the trip. Kaelyn also enjoyed the water. They kept the water at a warm temperature and it was relaxing to just float in the lazy river with Kaelyn in my lap while Matt and Sebastian ran around crazy. (Well, Sebastian ran around crazy and Matt followed).
We went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Sebastian wanted to see a giraffe. We were on a mission! We had to weave in and out of crazy people, and we walked clear across the zoo and back, but we found his giraffe. We also saw some gorillas that were scratching their butts and smelling their hands. Everyone around us seemed to comment on that (and it stuck out in my mind too).
|Sebastian with a triceratops|
|The family in front of "Sue"- the largest T-rex in the USA|
|After the day at the zoo.|
|The Rinehart's with the Chicago skyline|
After a few days in Chicago, we drove to Indianapolis, In. We went to the Children's Museum and we were in heaven. The first thing we saw, before we even got into the building, were some dinosaurs that were breaking into and out of the museum. Sebastian was astonished and thought there were cool. After we went into the museum Sebastian was speechless (which is quite the feat). There, in the real, was BUMBLEBEE!
|The family with the real Bumblebee (from the movies)|
|Hahaha. I love torturing my children. Kaelyn DID NOT want to be next to this scary crocodile. I put her there anyway and Sebastian decided to try to kill the croc. (It was fake. I'm not that mean of a Mommy... just a little mean...)|
|Kaelyn enjoyed the museum as much as Sebastian did. There were plenty of baby-play areas and the employees played with her more than Sebastian. That hat is pretty cute.|
After Indiana, we traveled on to Cleveland, Oh. The first night there we went to a restaurant called Amp 150. It was in a hotel, but it used farm fresh and local organic ingredients. We did a prix fixe menu of 6 courses each. We each got a different dish so we tasted over 12 dished (they gave us a few freebies to eat as well). It was delicious! Can we say bacon powder? Yes. They used bacon powder in the dessert. I want to buy that stuff by the truck load!
|One of Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang Rivers (circa 1700)|
|How we saw the house.|
|How the house appeared in the movie.|
After Cleveland we stopped by Pittsburgh to visit with my sister, brother-in-law, and new baby nephew. It was great to see them, and I am proud that I got him to sleep for 7 hours for her. Well, I don't think I did anything but I like to say it was me. ;) Our last stop was a family reunion on my husband's side of the family. It was a picnic in a state park and it was a bunch of fun. It was nice to see people we hadn't seen in a few years. When we got home we were all a bit tired, but completely refreshed from the day-to-day grind of our normal life.