Sunday, October 24, 2010

When in Rome...

Where did we go this weekend?

Okay, so we didn't actually make it to Rome...but close!

This weekend was unlike our normal weekends.  Most weekends Russ is spending time at work fixing a truck, working on the recycling line or fixing some other piece of equipment.  However, this past Friday night Russ came home from work and asked if we wanted to take Ellie to Wisconsin Dells for a night...that meant we had daddy to ourselves the whole weekend!!  And what a great weekend it was!

We made our reservations at Hotel Rome which is a part of the Mt. Olympus Theme Park.  Mt Olympus has an indoor and outdoor waterpark and an indoor and outdoor theme park.  The place was plenty big for a three year old to wear herself out, as well as mom and dad!  We left Saturday about noon after dropping Lily off at grandma and grandpa's house.  We figured we would arrive in Wisconsin Dells about two, however, after missing a turn and too many potty stops we got there about 3:30.  We were able to get right into our hotel room, dropped our things and headed to the outdoor theme park.  There were roller coasters, go cart tracks, and some little rides for Ellie.  She rode on the hot air balloon ride and the airplane ride, but by far her favorite were the go-carts, or racecars as she calls them.  She had a smile from ear to ear everytime I looked at her riding the go carts with daddy!  It was just priceless!

After grabbing some supper Ellie was thrilled to check out the indoor water park.  We had such a blast here!  We tried out the Lazy River but that wasn't quite her thing!  So next we tried out the waterslides...and these were some fast waterslide, ya know the kind where ya hit the water at the end and get a major wedgie?!  We couldn't get her off of the slides.  Really, I think they need some escalators to the top of these slides.  I was pooped just from walking up the stairs half a dozen times with the intertube and child in tow!  We finally did convince her to check out the Sunken Pirate Ship which is an area designated for younger kids.  Here Russ and I could relax while Ellie played on all the slides.  It was so great to see how much fun she was having!

Finally, we decided it would be best to head back to the hotel room before she got too tired!  All three of us snuggled up in bed and watched some SpongeBob before falling asleep.  I thought for sure since she had such a busy day that she would sleep in...not quite!  She was up at 6:45 and ready to go exploring again.  We told her we would take her back out to the go carts since those were her favorite but since it was a little rainy they closed the outdoor theme park, but they opened the indoor theme park.  Here we got to ride go-carts again, rode bumper cars, rode in a big bus that went way up in the air and played in the Alien Ball Pit.  And of course the trip wouldn't be complete without a stop in the Arcade!  By noon, Ellie was looking a little tired so we decided to take a quick trip to the outlet mall before heading back home.

 I think Russ and I actually enjoyed this part more than Ellie.  These cannon gun things shot foam balls across the ball pit so we were having some fun with some other little boys shooting back and forth!

Overall, we had an amazing weekend.  Although all three of us missed Lily like crazy it was wonderful to be able to spend some time with just Ellie.  And she was just a little tantrums, no meltdowns...just unbelievably perfect!  I could not have asked for anything more from her!  This is a trip we will definitely be repeating again!!


  1. Looks like you guys had so much fun!

  2. Those are the best trips. Especially when you can give your undivided attention to just one of your kids - it makes them feel so special! Looks (and sounds) like some beautiful memories were made Jesi :-)