Monday, April 27, 2015

Family art time (Part 1)

I started making artist trading cards (atc's) last year.  I made cards and traded with adults.

You post your cards on various specific sites and others comment, critique,  like and trade.  You ask to trade card for cards and although you pick a card you like; sometimes when you have it in your hands you actually appreciate it even more.  You are able to feel the texture, see a sparkle and if it was a specifically asked for custom card you feel the love put in to it. I have a binder full of beautiful cards.
My children started to make some and trade but kids groups are few and far between so what's a momma to do but make her own.  My kids are thrilled as they make and trade with other kids. Kids from all over the world, different ages, boys and girls.  I am giving them the privilege to appreciate other children's talent.

We have all had penpals and they both still do but now they are able to express talents they have or find and experiment in areas they were not comfortable in as they make things they didn't know they could do. To hear my childs enthusiasm after they are pleased with having drawn something they thought they couldn't is my reward.
Most of my mom's are homeschool mom's which allows them to incorporate a lesson into it or not.  I even had a school art class trade a couple times in some events.  Some mom's are noting it as quality time with their children as they make their own cards along side.  I have had multiple notes of gratitude as their children are having fun!
This is where my happiness is.

A day in the life at Great Wolf Lodge

We finished up a day at our local greatwolf
Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.  Although it can be found to be pricey there are discounts randomly posted through groupon.  These discounts may only be available on certain days so research your days and plan as far out in advance as you can to be the best rates. Rooms vary from standard to theme. As well as based on the number of people in your party.
You may check in the day off as early as 1pm and enjoy the water park even if your room is not available!!!!!  Of course there are locker rooms available. :)
Upon check in you will get your honorary ears
 and wristbands
 for everyone in your party that act as room keys as well as creditcards. So think very carefully who you give the "power" to or you may end up with several of these 
 and they work at vending machines as well.  
When you are not eating there are other areas to explore.    A video arcade, minature golf, bowling.

Of course the main attraction is the water rides! 
There are several to choose from.  Water slides? Yep! Wave pool? Yep! A lazy pool? Yep! A couple hot tubs, kiddie pool and more......  All inside in a temperature control climate.  As the weather gets warmer there is another pool outside.
 During the day there are photo opportunities with different
characters walking around, kids arts and craft activities and MagiQuest! (An interactive game with a wand)
We have gone several times over the last few years and even got vip wristbands and a treat in our room upon our return that night!
I can't wait to go back!