(Well, a day late )…
As I mentioned, Noah got a new bike for his birthday. This afternoon, Greg took Noah out for his inaugural ride! Garrett is now riding Noah’s first bike – the tricycle!
After riding around in the cul-de-sac, they went to the golf course, and Garrett discovered his calling:
What a fun Saturday afternoon!
The last part of Noah’s birthday celebration was a little party at school. On Tuesday, when we had returned from Great Wolf, I brought in some treats for his classmates. It was cute to watch them sing to Noah:
So, Noah’s big birthday present this year was a trip to Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Concord (Charlotte), NC. It was about a 3 hour drive from us, and we left early Sunday morning to get there. The boys were so excited to go that they didn’t even mind the drive.
When we arrived, Daddy went to park the car, and the boys and I went inside to wait for him. They had giant coloring sheets set up to occupy the kiddos.
(He is wearing the same Great Wolf shirt Noah wore when we came for his 2nd birthday trip)
(You can see that blog here)
Aunt Connie and family live just a few minutes from this resort, so they planned to come have lunch with us before we hit the water park. We explored the hotel a little bit while we waited.
It was sort of a comedy of errors that led us to meeting up with Aunt Connie. We spent a lot of time in the arcade, never knowing that they were upstairs waiting for us, and our phones didn’t work down in the arcade. Garrett lost one of his new crocs, and we had a search party underway to find the missing shoe when Cousin Joey found us down there. Sorry, guys! Better late than never!
We had lunch in the Loose Moose Cottage, and it was very yummy!
Noah was excited to open more presents at lunch. He got a new bike, but rather than bring the bike, we wrapped up a picture of the bike inside several boxes. Noah got a kick out of opening them all. Thanks, Aunt Connie, Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Marge and Dave for the bike!!
(Look at Garrett’s expression when Noah opened the box of cough syrup)
Noah also got some fun games from his cousins, including Operation and a matching game!!
And we all got a big kick out of the present that was the EXACT SAME SHIRT he was already wearing. What are the chances? Someone go buy a lottery ticket!!
After lunch, Alex, Joey and Abby had to leave, but Aunt Connie stayed around for a while to explore the MagiQuest game. MagiQuest is one of the most fun things Great Wolf has to offer. We had a magic wand for Noah from his previous trips, but Connie bought Noah a new BLUE wand, and Garrett got the old wand. You pay a small fee to have the wand charged, and then you are given a book of clues to go on different scavenger hunt-type quests. Wave your wand at an object, the enchanted objects do cool things like light up, open or talk to you, and the points are stored in your wand. When you find the right things in the right order, you can move onto the next quest. Garrett’s wand just opened treasure chests and made things light up when he waved it, while Noah worked on specific quests. It was so fun!
Garrett got so tickled when his wand made this picture light up:
Noah and I really got into the quest (in between swimming), and by the time we left, we had finished the whole book and were named Master Magi!
(That says he earned 7 runes for the day)
So, now we get to the reason for the trip – THE WATERPARK! We weren’t sure what Garrett would think of the water as he wasn’t crazy about the pool this summer. I think he liked it!
Noah is now tall enough that he could ride every slide, and he did!! Even the scariest slide – the Howlin’ Tornado! He was very brave!
All that stair climbing, swimming and MagiQuesting makes for some tired little boys. So, we got a pizza for dinner, dressed in jammies and went to the Lobby for the nightly story time and Clock Tower show. There is an animated Clock Tower that plays a 15 minute show a few times a day. The boys liked it, and it has really catchy music.
Monday morning, we woke up and had breakfast. Noah and I worked some more on our MagiQuest, and then Aunt Connie came to swim with us. We had lunch, Noah and I finished our MagiQuest, and then sadly it was time to say goodbye to Great Wolf…for now!
But we’ll leave you with an obligatory picture with the big bear:
Thanks for a great time, Great Wolf Lodge! We hope to see you again, soon!
We interrupt this birthday blog to bring you an innovative video from the birthday boy himself.
The other day, a box arrived with a gift for Garrett – a beanbag chair!! (Thanks, Grandpa, Christy and Regan!!)
Noah asked if he could have the box…he had an idea. Did he ever:
Pretty smart, if you ask me
The week of Noah’s birthday was very unusual because of the weather. On Tuesday, a snow storm came into Georgia, and the kids got sent home from school two hours early. They were then home Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Noah’s birthday). We had planned to be at Great Wolf Lodge (indoor water park) for Noah’s birthday, but we had to push it off a few days until the weather cleared up.
So on Noah’s actual birthday, we decorated outside his room and the breakfast table – ready for a surprise Krispy Kreme Breakfast!
Daddy had also been off work since Tuesday afternoon, but on Noah’s birthday, they were called back to work, but with a late start. We were thankful he was able to stay home a little while in the morning to enjoy the donut party.
In between all the eating, Noah received several face time calls and regular calls from family and friends wishing him happy birthday. I loved seeing his smile every time he got a call – you all definitely made him feel special! Noah also declared himself “in charge” on his birthday, so (within reason) we did WHATEVER Noah chose to do … if he wanted to play a game, we played it; if he wanted to watch a TV show, we watched it. It was fun not having to be in charge
Dinner was a relatively last-minute decision because we had thought we were going to be at Great Wolf for Noah’s birthday dinner. When I was telling him about choices of restaurants, I mentioned Golden Corral and the chocolate fountain they advertised. (Okay, Mommy and Daddy like Golden Corral, too!)
Noah’s dinner consisted of a taco, spaghetti, pizza, mac and cheese, corn (2 ways), green beans, mashed potatoes, anything you could put on a stick and dip into the chocolate fountain…oh, and a soft-serve ice cream cone. He absolutely loved having so many choices!
We had saved one last gift for after dinner. This one was from Aunt Gigi and Uncle Jeff:
(Man, this kid has big feet!)
Because we had SOOOOO much to eat at Golden Corral for dinner, we decided to bump the cupcake eating to the next day. No worries, it was just as yummy!
As Noah was getting ready for bed on his birthday, he said, “This birthday has been better than awesome!” Well, we can’t ask for much more than that, can we?
Noah’s sixth birthday celebration started a couple weeks early because Nana was in town and, well, why not celebrate?? While Noah was at school, we decorated the playroom. When he got home, we blindfolded him and brought him upstairs for a surprise party!
So, we had a pizza party complete with ice cream pie and played Xbox for hours!
Here is a video of Noah playing the next day (and Garrett wanting to play along):
If you have never seen how this works, the sensor detects the player, and everything is done by your own body movement – no handheld controllers. Here, Noah is playing “Downhill Dodge”. It’s a lot of fun!
Stay tuned for more birthday fun!