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Great Wolf Lodge: Jet Skis

Birthday Weekend

November 19, 2012 Sarah Coggins

I had one request for my birthday this year – a trip to Charlotte to get a couple things for our new home from Ikea. Not only did Trent agree, but we had a few last minute changes to our plans that led to a bit of extra fun. We went to Great Wolf Lodge first to celebrate. I confess, I was probably as excited as our son – especially once I realized that this was the first time I’ve ever had a birthday pool party. One of the downfalls of having a fall birthday.

Great Wolf Lodge: Concord

Trent booked a KidKamp suite which featured a “tent room” complete with a bunk bed for our son. For a first hotel stay, we set the bar high for him. He’ll now think every hotel should have this:

Great Wolf Lodge: Concord - Kid's Kamp

Nervous that he’d try to sleep on the top bunk, we told him he had to be 5 to go up there. Amazingly, he believed us after trying to climb up and getting nervous about being so high. The next day at Ikea he even told Trent’s aunt and uncle that you have to be 5 to get on the top bunk.

Both Friday night and Saturday morning we played hard at the indoor waterpark in the resort. On Friday, Trent’s cousin joined us and helped keep an eye on our son so we could enjoy the big slides too.

Great Wolf Lodge: Concord - Wave Pool

Great Wolf Lodge: Jet Skis

I missed a photo of the one time he tried a slide in the kids’ area. There were a variety of water spraying/dumping mechanisms on the structure he had to climb to get to the slides and they made him nervous. Hopefully he’ll be more willing when we join friends at the Williamsburg location in March.

After all our fun at Great Wolf, we spent 4 hours at Ikea with Trent’s cousin, aunt, and uncle¬†(thanks for helping us entertain D and load the car!). Then stopped in Greensboro on our way home for dinner with my dad and his wife. We returned late Saturday night, exhausted but full of good memories.


  • allison c November 20, 2012 at 8:47 am
    So fun! How did you end up at Great Lodge!? looks awesome!
  • Julie S. November 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    So awesome! That looks like SUCH a fun place!
  • ter@waaoms December 15, 2012 at 1:26 am
    Looks like you had a good birthday!! Ikea just FINALLY opened up here on November 28. I don't know if it's good or bad that I live 15 minutes away from it and work 5 min away from it! LOL Guess we'll find out. (p.s. that was my birthday celebration too... going to Ikea!)
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