Tuesday, July 2, 2013

First Family Vacation!

Andy just had a job change, so in between jobs, he decided to take a week off so our family could have our first "vacation".  We had to go near Green Bay to pick up some beef we had ordered in bulk (a quarter beef from a friend of Andy's from college), so we decided that we could make a mini vacation out of it.

As I mentioned in the previous post, we stayed at Tundra Lodge in Green Bay--only a few blocks from Lambeau Stadium. We booked the hotel room just the night before, because we wanted to make sure everyone was healthy before committing to a stay, which worked out just fine.  I was happy with the customer service and room options for families, especially since this was our first time staying at a hotel with our young children.  We opted for the "queen family suite", which had two queen beds separated by a divider, a table with six chairs, and a little living room area. It actually worked out well with the boys sharing a queen bed and Mary sleeping in her pack n' play in the dining area.  Of course, the highlight of the Tundra Lodge for the kids was the water park.  The water park is really great for young families because it has a "kiddie pool" area, two decent-sized water slides that you go down with inner tubes, and a lazy river.  The boys absolutely LOVED the water slides.  We were able to ride double-tubes down with the boys riding in front, and they had a blast.  Mary was particularly fond of the lazy river! Granted, it would have been easier if we had been one-on-one with the kids, but since we're used to being out-numbered, we made it work, and I think we all had a good time over all.

We also took the opportunity to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, since we were near by.  We're pretty blessed to have the only approved Marian apparition site in the US right in our state!  We lit a candle at the apparition site, walked along the outdoor Stations of the Cross, and enjoyed a snack at the little cafe.