We just returned from a vacation at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine TX http://www.greatwolf.com/. What a fun place! For those of you not familiar, the resort has an indoor waterpark exclusive to guests only. Thomas & I said it was built for Trace and all the other heat intolerant children of the world. We made so many good memories this weekend. We went with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, who's only a month older than Trace. It was so nice to be able to spend time with them. I love my nephew, he has to be one of the cutest kids on the planet and has the personality to go with the looks. Peyton had a blast too. She met new friends and danced the night away in the teen club. They also have a really neat game called MagiQuest. You get a magic wand and follow clues all around the hotel to complete your quests, kind of like a scavenger hunt. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen. There are some really brilliant people in this world. Trace loved everything about it except for the ferret that came to life and started talking to him when he waved his magic wand at it. I thought he was going to crawl over Peyton's head to get away from it! I laughed, okay I know that's mean, but it was really funny. After this weekend, I think my arms are about 6 inches longer than before :-) Trace couldn't handle walking without exhausting himself, so we carried him everywhere to help him conserve his energy for the fun stuff. I just wasn't thinking about needing a stroller, but can tell you I'll never make that mistake again. It was so worth the sore back & arms to see his face light up and hear the excited "Yeah!" he said all day. What a great weekend with family!
On a not so great note, I'm feeling sad this week as another mito baby gained her angel wings. She was just shy of 5 years old and fought this disease her entire life. Please pray for peace and comfort for her family. I can't help the emotions I feel when this disease takes another child. Children aren't supposed to leave the earth this soon. They aren't supposed to live their lives with tubes, machines, medicines and all else that comes with this disease. They are supposed to run, play, eat, sing, dance and all the other fun things they can dream of. Despite everything though, these children are the strongest, most loving, happiest babies I've ever known. They amaze me.