Tater texted me a few weeks ago and said I needed to have the kids and me packed for June 5th – 9th. Of course, I asked WHY and what are we doing!?!?! I knew it probably had something to do with our 6th year anniversary on June 8th. I was so excited!!!

I tried to get as much information out of him as I could and of course he told me NOTHING! Actually, I did get several clues as the days went on:

  1. 1305 (which ended up being the address)
  2. 9 and 3 (interstate 39 was our driving route)
  3. A sticker on Landon’s VBS craft (found out later it was a lion)
  4. A place we want to travel (ended up being Africa)
  5. Bags don’t need to shut (ruled out flying)
  6. dress warm, comfy, and slightly casual
  • Well the clues meant nothing to me.  I STILL had NO clue even up to the day. My guess was that we were dropping the kids off at my sister in-laws and that we were spending some time alone at some nearby place.
Well the day came… 
  • We began traveling North on I-39. Now I am thinking we are dropping the kids off at my sister’s place in Roanoke. Tried calling her – no answer. grrr… Tried calling my parents to see if they knew where my sister was – no answer. WHERE IS EVERYONE!?!?! Are they not answering their phones on purpose?
  • We took the EL Paso exit and pulled into the Dairy Queen. My parents were awaiting us in the parking lot. What were they doing there and what was going on!?!?! I could see that their vehicle was packed. 
  • They told me that Tater had asked them to take this trip with us to help us watch the kids, BUT THEY HAD NO CLUE WHERE THEY WERE GOING EITHER! 
  • I couldn’t believe that they agreed to it, but mostly, that my Mom couldn’t get any information out of Tater either. That is really saying something!!!
Well, when we entered Wisconsin I guessed somewhere in the Dells. I was right. 😉 We stayed at the Kalahari Resort (check out this website). It was a very fun surprise!
  • I ended up getting the best of both worlds. Having a wonderful family vacation, and having alone time with Tater (thanks to my parents). We all had such a blast, and it is a trip I will never forget!
Here are a few things we did:
  • water park
  • riding the wave
  • horse carriage ride
  • go carts
  • arcade
  • rock climbing wall
  • pottery
  • ropes course
  • bowling
  • ride the ducks
  • shopping
  • played Toss Your Cookies
  • mini-golf
  • movie
  • riding the ferris wheel
* I do have to say, I was a bit nervous to do some of the waterslides, surf thing, and ropes course. I feel like I have been pregnant the last 3 1/2 years, so finally being able to try those things again felt nerve-racking, but fun*
  • Enjoy looking at a taste of our our get away!  You can check it out here:
  • I did bring our big camera, but did not want to carry it around. So the pictures are given to us from my mom. Not only were they our babysitters on the trip, but our photographers too. 😉

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  1. amber June 10th, 2009 7:24 pm

    Looks like so much fun Haley – and I’m so impressed Tater pulled it off . ..parents and all!

  2. Brooke June 10th, 2009 7:49 pm

    What fun- Kalahari is such a great family place. And you did some of our favorite Wisconsin Dells things too! I’m looking forward to being there when I’m not pregnant, because I love the waterslides! Looks like such a blast. 🙂

  3. Mindy June 10th, 2009 7:59 pm

    What a fun trip! It looks like you had a blast! That was a great idea to have your parents along so you could get some alone time too! Happy Anniversary!

  4. Denise June 11th, 2009 7:41 am

    Great video!! That looks like so much fun! Love that you had both your family & alone time – very thoughtful Tater:) You are such a sweet guy. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us….loved seeing the kids! And, Landon, your Tiger tattoo was so COOL.

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