Our family needs this right now

Our family needs this right now


– When Great Wolf Lodge
invited our family to come out and see their new Camp-In theme this year, we were so excited. Woo, go Zeke go! – Mama! (upbeat music) – We got to come last year
and absolutely loved it. So the first response that
I had in my head was, yes! We would love to come, thank you! (screaming) There is so much going
on in life right now, especially this month and
there’s so many reasons that I could have said
no to this opportunity and I mean if I thought about
it or if I think about it and put some thought into what
life looks like right now, no may have seemed like
the better answer to give. (upbeat music) – Mommy! – [Mom] What do you see? Hi! – Look, look at the wolf! – Yeah there’s a wolf up there. No kind of feels like the easier answer to automatically give to your
kids, or to my kids at least and it just seems like
well if I say no then I don’t have to put an effort
towards it, my energy I can save but there’s just something sweet about getting to say yes to
your kids and to making memories with them. – Oh my goodness, what is that? – [Younger Daughter] Daddy! – [Son] I call the top bunk! – [Mom] Look, what! – [Daughter] I get the top bunk! – [Son] No I get it! – The last few years I feel
like I’ve been a no mom, I think no has been my
constant answer because I wasn’t feeling well
and I just wanted to sit and be and not have to do
anything extra that would take any extra energy. And so this year I’m
starting to feel better and I’m wanting to just add
life back into our family. And Great Wolf Lodge has been an awesome experience for that. (upbeat music) With having so many
little babies all in a row I feel like I’ve kind
of been on the sidelines getting to watch our
family have fun and not being a part of the fun. So that was one of my big
goals with coming here was I want to take my kids
and I want to go and enjoy things with them and just be a fun mom. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) And in stepping up and
trying to be fun with my kids I feel like that kind of
breathed life back into me. That I’m not just a mom,
although that’s an amazing role to have but I feel
like I kind of did it for my own enjoyment. (upbeat music) The water slides were a little
scarier than I expected, but so much fun! – Millie said to go down the
big blue slide right there! (screaming) – And honestly my kids kind
of push me to be a little bit more brave when I’m with them. I don’t want to put my
fear on them so I will hide my own fear and just do
something fun with them so that they can
experience it and know that it’s really not that scary, you can just do it anyways and
have fun and it’s exciting. That one was a lot
scarier then I expected, but Hallie loved it,
we’re gonna try the other color and see how that one is. Are you excited? – Yeah! (upbeat music) – Woo! – It’s just such a fun way to
build memories and even when Hallie almost came out of
the inner tube when I was going down the slide with
her, and then I ended up having to put my foot over
top of her, like that scared me I thought she was a goner
and then at the end of it she was like, “that was awesome!” and that’s what I wanted,
I want them to enjoy life, and I don’t want to sit back
and make them not enjoy it I want to make sure that they
are living life to the fullest and that fear and timidity
just doesn’t hold them back. – [Dad] Scared a little bit? – No a little bit – [Dad] Not even a little? – No a tiny bit – [Dad] That was fun? – We need to go get out
and to get that green one – [Dad] Oh man I thought you were scared, I was a little nervous for
a second but I was like nope, Zeke’s up front and he’s
gonna take care of us right? (upbeat music) – [Dad] Whoa! (upbeat music) – I love the fact that
they have Camp-In for their summer theme because our
family loves to camp, but I haven’t gone camping in many years, last year Tim took the kids camping alone, but being able to come here
and have a Camp-In theme where they’re bringing
the outdoors inside, I can do that! And that’s my type of
camping, if I can sleep in a hotel room and we can get
some camping experience I think that’s the best
of both worlds, for me. I love you. – Night night – [Mom] Night night! Hop on down, woo go Zeke go! – Mama! – [Mom] So cute Hannah! Hey you’re not supposed
to paint your nose. Yay! – Mama! Mama! – [Mom] (laughing) The staff here have all
been amazing I’ve really appreciated them, they
really know how to work with kids, they really know how to cater vacation towards kids and
that’s what our family needed. It was such a breath of fresh air to come, even in the midst of a
busy schedule, busy season of life right now, it was definitely worth saying yes to and coming out here and I think one of the
highlights was definitely Wiley, the kids just absolutely loved him. It was fun to see them interact, even the little ones were
a little hesitant in the beginning to say hi and be
around him but by the end they warmed up to him
and were at least willing to give a high five and
that was just really fun and sweet to see. They’ve grown and I think
opportunities like this will teach them to grow
some and stretch them a little bit in a place that
is safe for them to do that. – They have a miniature golf course – [Mom] So get your ball and your… – Called Howl to the Moon
which is all done under black lights so everything
looks super cool. (upbeat music) Each time we come we try to
make sure we bowl because the balls are like perfect
size for the kids and not too far, it’s like
perfect bowling alley if you have kids our age. (upbeat music) – Yay! – [Mom] Woo! – One! – [Mom] Only one? – [Dad] Only one! (upbeat music) – One of the awesome activities
that Great Wolf Lodge has is their magic quest and
it is so much fun to walk around the lobby and just
the halls and everything and see all the kids
running around with their magic wands and doing different quests. – We found the owl’s nest,
this is the owl’s nest! – [Mom] Cool – Okay Hallie zap it (upbeat music) – So there’s games that they can do and for the little kids they can make their magic wands to where just when
they point it at something it opens or lights up or does whatever, but the big kids have a
book that they get to follow and try to do different
quests and everything in order and try to figure it out
and everything so it’s just really fun! (upbeat music) And of course a trip to
Great Wolf Lodge would not be complete without a cup of candy. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) And now that we’ve had some
time to rest and recharge we are gonna be hitting the ground running finishing packing up our
house at home and moving into our new place and I cannot
wait to take you with us and show you where we’re headed! (upbeat music)

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