When we decided not to do Disney this summer, Ty and I made a pact to do a few smaller getaways with the kids, sticking closer to home. When I saw a Facebook ad for an exhibition about dinosaurs (Abby’s current obsession in her quest to become a scientist), we decided to take a trip to Whitefish and check it out.
Normally when we go, we stay in Meadow Lake, in a neighboring town. We have always had our eye on a KAO campground, so after checking it out online we booked in to a cabin. Our trailer is old and we weren’t too thrilled with the idea of taking it across the border, so we thought a rustic cabin would be the next best thing.
My wonderful coworkers let me leave a bit early on Friday, so after grabbing some cupcakes for Tyler’s birthday (it was on Friday), I raced home, changed, and we hit the road. The girls were so excited!
Sister made herself comfy for the ride down
I have said it before and I will say it again, I am so thankful that our girls travel well. Both usually sleep, read books or daydream out the window. Less than 4 hours later, we checked in to our cozy little cabin.
The cabin was perfectly tiny, and to my surprise had an electric outlet, space heater and a light! Although it consisted of nothing more than a bed, bunk bed, shelf seat and small desk, you might have thought we had rented a penthouse suite. The girls were thrilled with the accomodations, and it made my heart pretty happy that a barren cabin could bring forth such a reaction.
We quickly headed out to Famous Dave’s so Tyler could get a birthday meal of ribs. It was after 9 when we ate, but the girls held up well and were happy to be there. When we arrived, Abby declared “this is a fancy restaurant…We should have dressed up!”. I nearly peed myself laughing. Girl has low standards!
Ready to dig in!
We put the girls to bed and capped off the night with beers and a fire.
The next morning we did a little shopping after breakfast and then set out for Jurassic Quest. It did not disappoint! There were probably 35-45 huge, animatronic dinosaurs that were very realistic (some were even bleeding fake blood after a simulated attack!). The girls rode dinosaurs, went on bouncy houses, dug for fossils, made their own fossils, met and pet baby dinos and got their faces painted. They had a great time and Ty and I thought it was pretty cool as well!
After we had seen all there was to see, we grabbed some dinner supplies and headed back to the cabin. To our delight, the girls made quick friends with a few little girls and they spent most of their free time playing hide and go seek and making mud pies together.
We were having such a good time that we decided to stay just one more night.
Mother’s day started with breakfast for me at the cabin, and a day of relaxing. We played mini golf, tried to bikes, played basketball and investigated the petting zoo, all at the KAO. We also went to the girls and my favourite place to eat, HuHot (I am so fancy). Ty then cooked me dinner back at the cabin, and we enjoyed a fire and the mountain air for the rest of the night. I couldn’t have asked for a better Mother’s day. I like getting to sit back during potty duty and not cook, but I want to spend my day with my family. Doing it up in the mountains, reading while my kids played with a cold beer beside me was just the cherry on top!
This has to be the best feeling in the world, leaning back, staring at the sky and feeling like you are flying
Such a monkey
The girls capped off their evening by examining a dead bird (and scrubbing the sh%t out of their hands after admiting to “trying to wake it up” by touching it), catching bugs and relaxing in their lawn chairs. Ty and I had another fire that night and the weather was perfect .
We sadly packed up today and arrived home in the late afternoon. It was a great little mini vacation!
Happy mother’s day to all the Mamas out there, whether your babes were born from your womb or from you heart. An extra special wish for the one I call my own :-). I feel so blessed to have been given the honor of mothering my two little ones, and can’t imagine a greater pleasure in this world.