Monday we loaded up the van and headed to Illinois. Grandma Shirley watched Hudson for us overnight, then Stephanie spent the day with him on Tuesday.
We spent the night in Waukeegan, IL on Monday. We were at the park at 9:45 am and got and excellent parking place.
It was a bit overcast, but the temperature was bearable, and it didn't rain. We spent the first few hours riding roller coasters and seeing what there was to see. The big boys took off on their own, and Shannon and I escorted the littles. They are fearless around the rides, but Naomi and Colton wanted nothing to do with Batman and Robin.
The food inside the park is incredibly expensive. When we first entered, we purchased a refillable cup for $14.00. This made it possible for us to have FREE REFILLS of diet Coke all day long. We packed a cooler with sandwich fixings to eat for lunch. We had enough bread and cold cuts for a snack on the way home, too.
Because we saved so much money packing our own lunch, we were able to purchase a bottomless bucket of cotton candy. I found it rather ironic that we had to reschedule our dentist appointment in order to go on vacation, and then ended up eating 8 or 9 buckets of cotton candy. Somehow I think our dentist will get the last laugh.
We spent about 4 hours at the water park. The girls loved Skull Island, and the big boys enjoyed the water slides. Again, Katie knew no fear when going down the slides, until we went through one that was completely black inside save for a tiny string of lights. She came out laughing and smiling, but chose not to go on it again! Alex, Jack and Chase lost miserably to me on the water slide race...at least that's my version of the story, and I'm sticking to it!
Colton and Bryce kept right up with the big kids and went on as many 'big" roller coasters as they possibly could. Chase claims he went on the most, because he rode some of the 'little" roller coasters with Katie and Naomi.
We stayed and played at the park until about 9:20pm, then loaded up again and headed home. Shannon broke down and deigned to take some toll roads home, something I've not known him to do in 20 years. Although we only shaved about 20 minutes off of our total trip time, the roads were a lot easier to travel on, and the tolls only cost about $3.20. That's chump change after paying $25.00 to park and $6.99 for an order of french fries! Gas prices topped out at $4.35/gallon in Illinois. We arrived home at about 3:00am and caught a few hours sleep before Shannon had to get up and go to work.
Here are a few more pictures from our day away.
"The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil." Proverbs 19:23