Great Wolf Lodge Day #1 – in photos (and video)

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It’s Sunday night and we’re back from our weekend get-away trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI. It was a wonderful weekend in so many ways, both as a family vacation and as a blogger event and I have so much that I want to tell you all about the trip. But since it’s late and I have to get up early to get the kids all off to school, finish unpacking and try to get this house in somewhat decent shape after ignoring it for most of last week while I wasn’t feeling well… I thought I’d give you a pictorial tour instead for now. I took photos with all three of my cameras this weekend – the point-and-shoot, the fancier point-and-shoot with extra zoom capability, and my iPhone. Given that the lighting wasn’t always great and the girls were often moving quite quickly – some of the pictures (ok, many of them) are either grainy, blurry or both. I swore that I would never put my ‘good’ camera on the Auto setting, instead wanting to learn how to effectively use the manual controls for the ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings. This weekend though, I finally gave up and shot almost everything with that camera on Auto – only to end up with pictures that are still grainy and/or blurry.  Go figure.  I guess the lesson is that I’ll have to start saving for a DSLR at some point here. 😉

Here are some of my favorites though – just from the first day since I haven’t even downloaded the rest from the camera yet. Nor have I had a chance to really do any kind of editing of these, so I apologize for the red-eye as well. Check back soon for the stories to follow.  🙂

Driving up to Traverse City…

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The girls absolutely loved the KidCabin® Suite! 

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Water park fun! Not too many pictures though – Mommy was in the water too much for that.  🙂

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Doing crafts at the Cub’s Club…

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Learning to make snowflakes for the first time!

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Candy Cane Lane with decorated trees, cookies and more!

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Visiting Santa

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Someone’s getting too ‘old’ to sit on Santa’s lap anymore…

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Eating dinner under a tree – in pajamas no less!

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It’s snowing – in the lobby!

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No really – it did snow! Check it out (and my 3-year-old’s mad dancing skills too, lol)

A special treat – storytime with Santa…

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Posing for more pictures…

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Climbing – and hopscotch – on the way back to the suite

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The girls are sound asleep – and so is Daddy!

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Check out my story on Whrrl for even more photos and notes from our trip!

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This post courtesy of: Great Wolf Lodge and Fleishman-Hillard. Our lodging at this event was covered for us, but no other payment or compensation was received for this post.