For our Easter Break vacation, we were invited by our dear (and one of my oldest) friends, Sam and Misty to go with them to Yosemite. And did we have fun!! It was so great!! We went to the Tenaya Lodge (which was fairly Best Western-y for the 4 stars it boasted, but whatever). Despite being underwhelmed by the hotel (and not getting the king beds we requested, it was very kid friendly and focused, which is always great when traveling with 4 kids.
Also, despite it being 'Spring' it started snowing the second day we were there. It was the first time for the girls to see snow, which was so fun to see them revel in it. We loved being up there playing in the snow, it was one of the highlights of the trip.
We had a great time touring Yosemite, and I'm sad to say that I only got very few shots when we were down in the Valley, as I had forgotten to charge my batteries before we embarked, and it was more than an hour from where we were staying, so it didn't make sense to go back to charge them. But no photographic evidence aside, we had a good time; we walked up to Bridal Veil Falls, walked around the valley floor, checked out the Indian museum, which featured an real-life display of an indian village. The girls were able to talk to an indian descendent in the museum and ask lots of questions (learning combined with fun is my favorite thing, and I think the girls are starting to be that way as well). We had lunch in Yosemite, and decided next time we came, we'd stay in the park (but we'd made reservations last minute, so we were lucky to get the rooms we did).
And despite the so-so look of the hotel, Misty and I both got incredible massages at the Lodgeee, which was a welcome delight for both of us. The guys watched all the girlies, while we got our massages and sat in the steam room. For dinner both nights, we got room service, and watched both the new Charlottes Web and Night at the Museum.
This is so not a cute picture of me, but Fia and her floaties crack me up every time I look at it...
When we got home from the valley floor on our second day, we were all wiped and beat, from walking around all over, in the rain and snow. But despite being tired and worn out, we all decided to throw our suits on, and hop into the hot tub. By the time we got home the snow was falling quite hard, but we thought it would be fun to be out in the warm of the hot tub, while the snow fell around us. And boy was it. Sam discovered that not only was the hot tub piping hot, the big pool was super-warm too (we guessed probably around 85ish), so we all jumped into the pool (along with other giddy families), and swam and played for more than an hour in the pool, while the snow fell (quite hard) all around us. It was SO great, and I'd be hard-pressed to say who was having more fun, the kids or us. To top our pool experience off, we all got hot cocoas and coffee and had them in the hot tub, before we ran our dripping wet, steaming bodies through the snow, in our suits, and back into the hotel. It was quite a sight.
The last day, we went to the snow play park (despite the snow rapidly disappearing), and sledded, threw snow at one another and built snowmen (especially Madi, who is snowman builder extraodrinaire). It was SUCH a great time, and we all were very sad to leave (in fact, Sofia started crying, because she really didn't want to leave, and wanted to stay with her friends). It's so great to travel with Sam and Misty, because not only are we very similar, temperament-wise, (and we're all pretty easy-going and low-key), but our kids love each other, and are so close in age, it's really great. This is the second trip we've been on, and we can't wait to do it again. If you'd like to see the photos from our trip, you can do so by clicking here, to check out ALL the flickr photos...