While I was in the elevator with Andrew (the other boys took the stairs, because that's what boys do) I said, "Isn't this elevator beautiful?" To which Andrew replied, "It's pretty awesome, but it'd be more awesome if it had some games we could play." Ha!
We found a cupcake shop called Fat Bottomed Girls Cupcake Shop. The name did not inspire me to eat a cupcake, but I overcame that and took one for the team. Because I'm a giver like that. It was delicious. (Whoops, I think it's upside down.)
The weather still looked a little sketchy, but we braved the park anyway. We got there when it opened. There were not many people there. This is how close we were to the gate...
That was nice. We really didn't have to wait in many lines. We rode rides and went to the water park all day long. We even enjoyed a lovely lunch for $60. I use the term "lunch" loosely, but not a loosely as the term "lovely".
It was on this ride (remember mild thriller with no loop de loops) that Clayton and I had a major mishap. He was sitting by me and said something about his seat belt. The next events are all a blur, but somehow (and I think it was me) his seat belt was unbuckled in the middle of the ride. The middle of the ride!! It didn't look tight to me and I tried to tighten it. Next thing I knew it was unbuckled. I threw my entire body on top of Clayton with my elbow on his chest. He was not going anywhere. He was laughing and screaming. I was terrified, but laughing a little. After a terrifying 30 seconds (it seemed like 30 minutes) he got himself buckled again. And then he said while still laughing, "Would you please get your elbow out of my chest. You're hurting me!" I eased up on the elbow, but I still clung tightly to his arm. You know, just in case. His major concern was that the ride attendants would see us and kick us out of the park for breaking the rules. It was a memory for sure.
After a long day at the park, we headed to dinner. We chose Sam's. You can take $20 and 5 people in to Sam's and eat like a boss. It was amazing. Once our bellies were full and we tried out the mattress and looked at electronics we headed back to the hotel. We made a pallet on the floor for Andrew. He did not like it at all. In fact, he was very upset with us. I told him he got to sleep there because he was special. He did not buy it. We finally got him to sleep, but at some point around 4:00 am Jack stepped on him, which woke him up. He asked if he could get in bed with me and Fred. With the memory of the night before fresh in my mind I decided to give my place in the bed and head to the floor to sleep out the rest of the night...on a preschool rest mat. Honestly, it was better than the night before. When Fred woke up around 7:00 am he looked at Andrew and then saw me on the floor. He said, "Yep, you are the baby." There are perks to being the youngest, even if you have to ride all the big scary rides.
We ate a "free" breakfast at out hotel (a dream come true for Jack), took a brief tour of downtown Hot Springs and then hit the road for Little Rock's Wild River Country.
It's a water park and it really wasn't that crowded either. We were able to just walk up to rides. The first ride we had to convince Andrew to join us. He rode with Fred. He was a little apprehensive, but Fred said at the end of the ride Andrew proclaimed, "What was I thinking?!? That was AWESOME!" From that point on he rode every slide (minus the only one in the park that he was no tall enough for) and grinned the entire way down! The rest of the day we played and played. It was such a joy to see my boys in the wave pool or lazy river together. They actually looked like friends rather than brothers. It blessed my heart. I pray they always hold each other as friends.
We left that evening and headed to Sam's for dinner. Remember eating like a boss the night before? Yes, we did it again. About 10 seconds after we got in the car this was the picture in the back seat.