We stayed at the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park in Indiana last weekend. So fun! I didn't know there were places like that in the midwest -- old-school resorts with canoeing and nature walks and craft rooms. CRAFT ROOMS!
We met up with the Farrs, who are GREAT at planning adventures and suggested the trip. Lucky lucky us! We swam, napped, hiked, and crafted. The kids had a really good time together, and we drew a lot of looks and smiles as we marched them around the hotel and across the grounds. Five kids ages 2-7 is kind of a sight to see when they're leading the way down the hall to the pool. Or the park. Or the dining hall.
We got organized in our hotel room as usual, parent+kid in each bed, and Otto decided he wanted to sleep with me. As we tried to get settled for the night, he kept wiggling around. First he needed a nightlight. Then he had to go to the bathroom. Then he was... twitchy. I could relate, I sometimes find it hard to settle down and sleep in a strange place, too.
But after half an hour of wiggling I gave up and pulled out my iPod and ear buds. I set the backlight to never go off (nightlight), made sure he didn't have the volume turned too high, and queued up the 80s playlist. I fell asleep to the blue glow of the iPod screen, which he was using to read a few pages of Kit Feeny: The Ugly Necklace.
He's hooked now. I let him listen to it again Sunday on the way home, which he loved. Monday morning I plugged the iPod into the car and handed it back to him. "What are we going to listen to today, Otto?" That got a huge grin out of him, on a Monday morning no less! He played Once in a Lifetime first, then I Love Rock 'N Roll.
I think I'll start looking for an iPod for him -- maybe a Nano? Or a refurbished Classic? I think a Touch would be too much of an attention suck for him, what with Angry Birds and Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja. He can always borrow one of our phones for those, and then I'll know he's not in bed under the covers playing games. Reading comics and listening to new wave rock, sure, but not gaming. We have our standards!
Annabel is her usual fabulous self. She kept asking for ice cream all day Saturday, so when we went to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, she got to have fried ice cream for dessert. Mmm... She might learn to like Mexican food yet.
Hiking though, hiking is kind of questionable. It's a lot of working carrying all four of your dolls up the hill to the nature center, you know. Her legs got tired. But she enjoyed learning about the birds and animals at the center and got to ride Daddy's shoulders most of the way back, so it was fun after all.