Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hotel Crashing!

What do you do when it's the middle of winter and you desperately need a way to let your kids burn off some energy? Well, I can tell you what the Roberts do. They rent out a hotel room for a day and take full advantage of an indoor pool. :)

It's a tradition that Eric's parents started when Eric was a kid, and it's rather ingenious, I think - even better than visiting a typical indoor pool at a rec center. At a hotel you have your own private bathroom and room to dress - really it's a home base for the day. It was perfect to be able to put our stuff in a room with a lock, have a private place to nurse babies or let kids nap, and even come back to grab a snack or watch some TV where it was quiet. It was awesome!

Cousin Austin got to come along, too, and the kids had way too much fun ransacking playing in the hotel room before we got to the pool!

That would be an ice bucket on Austin's head.

We got suited up and staked out a table poolside. At the hotel we visited, there was a main pool, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub, and the kiddos spent the day bouncing back and forth between all three. They had a BLAST!

Reagan and I walked around and observed from the sidelines. He is such an easy going baby - it's wonderful. And when he got hungry, we went back to our peaceful room and I was able to feed him with my feet propped up watching some HGTV, haha. This was about as exciting as it got for little man all day:

And believe me, he was fine with that. :)

The kids swam until well past dark. It may have been a chilly January night, but it may as well have been a hot July day as far as they were concerned. Hooray for heated pools!

You can barely see them in this picture, but Eric and Evie were swimming in the big pool. This is a BIG deal for our oldest daughter. After a slip in a pool last summer Evelyn has been a little leery of the water, so she was very proud of herself to be swimming around on her belly! "I'm doing it! I'm swimming!" It made me smile. :)

Our kids had the kiddie pool to themselves in the evening!

Eventually the adults had to pry the children away...Grace could have spent the entire night swimming, and that is not an exaggeration. But it was dinner time, so we ordered some pizzas and had them delivered to the room. (Grace threw an epic fit about leaving the pool until she got a plate of pizza put in front of her. If there's one thing the girl will concede to, it's FOOD!)

While the room was paid for and someone could have spent the night in it if they wanted to, we had church the next morning. So we packed up our things and headed home. We are so thankful to Grandma and Grandpa Robert for treating us to this day. The kids had so much fun, and we'll have to do it again soon!

Hotel crashing is definitely recommended by the Robert family. You should do it with your family, too! Haha. Happy Tuesday!


Heather said...

I love this!!! My family has done this a time or two when we were little...just get away for a one night hotel visit. I still have a HUGE love for staying in hotels and I'm pretty sure that's why.

Glingdidit said...

We do this too...it's one of my favorite ways to spend the day away from the house, especially in the winter! In fact, now I'm thinking that we might need a get-away in the coming month!

Katie said...

Such a great idea! I'll have to remember that someday :)

Adrien said...

Yes - so much fun! It really did feel like a mini-vacation. :)

Cassie said...

my family used to do this for NYE with a bunch of friends and their kids. i LOVED it!

Christine Pettijohn said...

What a great idea. That looks like a lot of fun.

Jami said...

This is genius! What a great way to spend the day! And go Evie! :)


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