18
Dec
2012

Life is busy. To survive in this world, someone has to work. Its a hard truth, but my husband is a wonderful man who works hard seven days a week so I can stay at home with our two small children, Isabel and Ronan.

As a mother, I'm still very busy myself. I do a lot of volunteering at my daughter's preschool, so I'm involved in her education. I help out in the classroom as well as sit on the Board of Directors. This means long hours away from my husband, because her preschool program with language and culture is important to me as well. Isabel was also attending public school at the same time as her preschool, so as a direct result, family time suffers.

As luck would have it, work slowed down for my husband over the summer and my daughter's preschool also invited us on a Board of Directors retreat at Great Wolf Lodge.

While I was in my meetings during the day, my husband got to spend some wonderful alone time with our children swimming, sliding and bonding. During a heart-to-heart chat, he got it out of my daughter that at her public school she was being bullied (just a boy who was mean because he liked her) and she was afraid to go back to school. We noticed she was throwing tntrums the whole summer with us and we were honestly at our wits end. My husband was clearly relieved to get the information out of our daughter and she seemed a lot happier telling someone.

The day went on and I joined them for our family time. Colouring t-shirts in the Cub Club, going down the big water slides, which Isabel was tall enough to ride this year, and an amazing dinner in the Camp Critter restaraunt, ending with Story Time in the main lobby. aAfterwards we heard the announcement for a family dance. Isabel has always loved dancing and she asked if we could go to the dance party.

With the weight off her shoulders, surrounded by people who loved her, all her friends and even a few of her preschool teachers, my girl finally started to relax and dance. Before the dance ended, we heard Katy Perry's "Fireworks". As the music started, Isabel got very excited. She started dancing like no one was watching and singing at the top of her lungs. It's almost as if the song woke something up inside of her, throwing up her arms and bursting like the firework that she is.  It is definitely a memory that I'm never going to forget. After the dance, she told me and her daddy that this was the best day of her life. Seeing my daughter come out of a funk that hung over her, thanks to some much needed family time, is something I thank Great Wolf Lodge for, and a lasting memory for myself, my husband and both of my children.

Name: angel meawasige
City: hamilton
State: ontario
Email: angel_girl_exj96@hotmail.com
Lodge: Niagara Falls, ON