January was a heck of a month.
Although our weather is normally fairly mild in the winter, Mother Nature seems determined to show us who is really in charge around here.
We've had 9 snow days in January.
In a normal year, we may have one or two. We have also had many of the oh-so-frustrating two hour delay. Although I'd much rather have my children be safe & warm at home than travelling over icy country roads or in a classroom that can't keep up with the sub-zero temperatures, I can't tell you how ready I am for sunshine and spring.... although according to Groundhog Day, that won't come before April. I'm also thinking that there will have to be a warm weather getaway planned for next January. Let's call it a necessity. For my sanity.
This day we got around 8" total.
January also brought us the beginning of Birthday Season, where we celebrated this dude:
And then Birthday #10 for this Girl:
Per her request, she wanted a fluffy cake with fluffy icing. So I made an angel food cake & topped it with a chocolate whipped cream frosting. It was quite delicious.
This weekend we did run away for a little family fun at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky.
Other friends had said good things about it, and an indoor waterpark at a constant 84 degrees seemed like just the thing to thaw us out.
It was VERY fun! Great Wolf & Kalahari are very close to each other in Sandusky, and I chose Great Wolf because it seemed to be geared for younger kids. And it was perfect for us! There were a few larger water slides for my daredevil 10 year old, and plenty to do for my dog paddler.
I found everything to be very clean. The rooms were spacious, the resort was much quieter than I expected, and there was plenty to do - most of which we didn't have a chance to explore. Unfortunately, M came down with a cold on Thursday, and although he came with us, he didn't have a chance to enjoy the resort as much as we did.
I can't speak to the restaurants or food there - Sandusky has lots of restaurants, and we ate out for all our meals. The prices looked high, but on par with what I expected for a "resort". We also did not experience the arcade (but it looked fun), or the other games/ activities there. BUT, I would highly recommend Great Wolf for families with kids under 12. We only spent one night there, and due to the length of the drive, I would definitely spend 2 nights next time.
The rest of February is going to be focusing on M's job hunt, prepping classroom Valentines and slogging through a No Spend month. Wish us luck.