Crazy Kids,  Family,  Travel

Spring Break

For Sophie's spring break this year, she begged Mike to take her to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Missouri, so he took a couple of days off work and we loaded up the car and headed out. And since no Stewart trip would be complete without Mike longing to climb every single hill we passed, we had to pull over on the side of the road and let him get it out of his system.

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Needless to say, our road trips to Colorado are a nightmare for me.

Although Sophie has been to Great Wolf Lodge several times, she never tires of it…

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It's full of spouting fountains and spray guns and lounge pools and water slides – some of which you can see behind the hill-climbing duo below…

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Soph just about lost her bathing suit bottom here… and in case you miss him, Mike is the tall kid with his arms up (most likely hoping to lose his bathing suit bottom)…

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And here is Mike again, making up for all those childhood days of having only a bathtub to splash in…

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The next day was spent at Great Wolf Lodge's MagiQuest, which is a wizardry game in which participants complete various tasks given to them by wise owls and talking trees, in an effort to conquer a mighty dragon in the end. It's sort of like an interactive video game, but instead of a controller, you choose a wand…

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And once you've chosen (purchased) your wand, you can opt to add a topper to it that gives you extra powers…

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Yes, Mike, we know you've always wanted one of these..

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After consulting her Ancient Book of Wisdom, Sophie was off on her adventure…

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Here she receives instructions from a knight:

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The average length of the game is 4 hours, but after about an hour and a half, I decided to take my leave and get a coffee and settle in with Dutch Beauty in the lobby. Every once in a while, I'd hear Mike and Sophie run by (along with lots of other kids and an occasional parent), exclaiming how they needed "more gold!" or "The Whispering Woods are this way!" or something like that.

When it was just about time to defeat the evil dragon, they came to get me so I could take Mike's picture witness their mastery of the challenge…

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The game took them just under 3 hours, but that was just one of three quests. The others will be completed at a future visit to Great Wolf Lodge, and I know the two are looking forward to it… although Mike expects to get to hold the wand next time.

Spring break was an enjoyable one, but as with every Stewart trip, it's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out. And usually that eye belongs to Mike.

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P.S. For those of you who know Mike, you know exactly what I mean by that last sentence. 😉


  • Lori

    OMG I love it!! What fun memories Sophie and Mike are making (and you too!) And can I just say, phew, girl your hubby is hot! (I can say that cuz I have one that is hot too!!)

  • Tanya

    Hilarious fun – always great captions, Paulette. Looks like a grand time – we have YET to get to Great Wolf here and it’s only in Williamsburg, about 3 hours away! Some day …

  • Linda Huson

    You always look like you are having so much fun together! I’m envious! Sophie is a doll (and OK Mike – you are too!)
    Linda in VA

  • Leslie

    Mike and Sophie looked like they had a blast! We love Wolf Lodge and MagiQuest. We have visited the ones in the Poconos (PA), and Williamsburg (VA). Sophie would love the MagiQuest stand alone venues. My daughter just visited one in Myrtle Beach this weekend.

  • Shauna

    I was visiting KC from California April 5-10 and presented my sister with “The Queens’s Crowns” for her birthday — thank you for sharing your artistic talents with all of us! (PS — there’s the cutest cross-stitch store in Liberty MO, where I first saw your patterns and started stitching, called Old Mill Stitchery; you should go next time you’re in the area! Check out the town square, too — it’s the cutest small town in America.)

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