Joe's son, Cole, is going to be 5 on Sunday! Last year, Joe had decided to take him to Splash Lagoon (an indoor water park) for his birthday...and he invited me and Ryan and Brooke to come along. I remember thinking, 'wow, this really is serious'. We had been dating 4 months at the time we went. It was (obviously) our first trip we all took together :-).
I wasn't sure how Ryan and Brooke would do, honestly. I knew Ryan wasn't a huge fan of the water and Brooke wasn't even 2 and hadn't even really been swimming much. (Cole is a little fish!) Joe thought they would be fine and them seeing Cole enjoying the water would rub off. He was right! While neither of them were as brave or uninhibited in the water as Cole, they both did have fun.
We arrived Thursday afternoon, got checked in to the hotel adjoining the park, put our suits on, and headed to the water park. We swam and played for a few hours and then went back to the room to order dinner. The kids had a blast playing in the big whirlpool tub (with the jets off) in their swimsuits. Friday we spent most of the day at the water park and checked out the arcade there. We ordered dinner again in the room and the kids played in the tub some more. We headed home Saturday morning. We went to Joe's mom and dad's (where he and Cole were living at the time) and that evening they had a small birthday party for Cole.
It was a great weekend and an awesome first trip together!
After eating pizza and powdered donuts...hehe.
Don't be fooled, that is NOT a look of fear on his face ;-). He is a little daredevil.
She loved the little fountains. Can you tell this was taken late in the afternoon and she hadn't had a nap?
She's clearly too big for this, but she insisted on trying one out.
Cole with his Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey) birthday cake.