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Our Weekend at Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn, for those of you who are not from Texas, is considered one of the best waterparks in the WORLD, and I would have to agree. There are multiple Schlitterbahn parks now, but the original is located in New Braunfels and it couldn’t be better! This was our second trip down there and it was even better than the first.

First, let me say, when we were heading down, it was raining and pouring, as it has been in Texas for the last 2 months, everyday. I was worried our weekend getaway was really going to be ruined, but thankfully, Texas decided to give us a little bit of a break and we got some great waterpark time in! Of course, the park is open when it rains, you are already wet you know, but t-storms are what close it down temporarily. I’m glad the weather decided to be stay in our favor for the majority of the long weekend.

There really isn’t enough good things I could say about Schlitterbahn to give you the real picture of how great this park is. There are multiple areas, days and days worth of activities and water attractions and they even have on-site lodging to give you an even better waterpark experience!

This time we did stay on property at the Resort at Schlitterbahn – Riverbend Cabins. They are located right along The Falls, the Comal River and near the big slides that open early! Although it can be a bit pricey to stay on property, we really felt it was worth it – as we planned on spending the majority of our time at the water park! If you are going for the weekend and only plan on one day, there may be a better option for you.

We went to the park, all three days, taking advantage of the early entry for resort guests one day. This let us get in a bunch of slide rides before there were ANY lines! We walked right up, got on, and then did it again and again for an hour. Usually, in the middle of the summer, the line could be 2 hours long. That is crazy!

Overall, we had SO much fun and Lennox had a blast. You would have thought she was at Disney World. She would just light up with joy when it was time to get into the water and she was fearless! She went on all the big rides, including the biggest water coaster in the world, the Master Blaster! So much fun! Here are a bunch of photos from our trip!

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I will say, even if you hit Schlitterbahn at a busy time of year – there are a ton of rides and attractions to go on that have no line, ever – which is so nice! It’s totally up to you, on how you want to spend your time. So if you ever get the chance to go, GO! We can’t wait for our next annual trip! 

Our Visit with Santa at the North Pole!

Last month Kyle had to be traveling for work and ended up in Colorado for 3 weeks – so Lennox and I went for a long weekend to visit. We got to have a lot of fun in the cold, snowy weather, which I just love – but for Lennox, I think the highlight was this little Gem that we found North Pole Colorado – Home of Santa’s Workshop, just outside of Colorado Springs.

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The North Pole Colorado is the perfect family spot during the holiday season if you are visiting the Denver or Colorado Springs. So what exactly is the North Pole? To kids, it’s where Santa lives when he’s not with the Elves in North Pole, Alaska. But to everyone else, it’s a Christmas themed amusement park. Built in the 1950’s at the base of Pikes Peak, it is full of nostalgia that I hope Lennox remembers forever!

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We were lucky enough to meet up with some friends, Censie from Building Our Story, and her family. It was great for the kid’s to get to see each other again (they love each other!) and for us to re-connect! I just love that we get to travel to Colorado from time to time now and have friends there!

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Since went during a very cold spell, there was snow on the ground, which was SO festive – but it also meant that we had to BUNDLE UP a whole bunch! Once we had all our layers on, we headed into the park.

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The first thing we learned is that they don’t accept money inside the park. You have these index card sort of tickets that everything is kept track on – it’s kind of nice not to have to pull your wallet out at lunch or for a souvenir! Everything in the park was priced really reasonable too – which is really nice to see! I don’t mind paying $5-8 for lunch per person — rather than $15 at some tourist spots!

santas-workshop-colorado-07There are so many rides inside the park too. Some of them are Christmas themed and others are just kid themed. The best thing is that kids aged 2-6 can pretty much go on ALL the rides. I love that they are so kid-centric. It is the perfect spot for the older toddler/young child!

This ride was really fun – you ride in a Christmas Tree Ornament around the big white Christmas Tree. There is a lever in each ornament that raises and lowers the ride. Lennox and Jude tried to figure it out as they went around and around – and they did pretty well!

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Lastly, I think this was their favorite ride! This one they got to go up and down and pretend to be riding a horse as a cowboy! The giggles that came out during this ride were GREAT!

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Just watch them ride!

The highlight of the park, of course, is Santa Claus and his house! You go right into his house and can sit with him in his “living room”. Mrs. Claus is in there too. I only snapped a few photos myself – as they had a photographer in there – photos were only about $8 too! So worth it! It wasn’t busy so each child was able to really sit and talk to Santa if they wanted. Santa also talked to mom and dad and had lots of fun with the kids! Santa was very surprised when Lennox said she wanted a Telescope for Christmas, but was happy as well! Santa suggested maybe a Frozen Elsa toy too – go figure!

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Outside of Santa’s house is a mailbox for Letters to Santa. I did not realize this prior to our visit, but if you put a letter in there with your address on it – you will receive a card back from Santa! How cute!

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The whole park is so quaint and cute! From the North Pole toy shops to the decorations, Christmas music, little restaurants and even the gondolas that will bring you over the park – you really feel like you are hanging out with Santa all day!

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Eventually it was time to head back to Denver and say goodbye to our friends. I don’t think the kid’s wanted to EVER leave – but the sun was setting and it was time to get back down the mountain. It was a great day and I hope we can go back again – maybe even next year!

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I would highly recommend visiting the North Pole in Colorado if you are in the area – especially at the holiday time – although they are open all year round! If you do plan on visiting, I encourage you to read these North Pole Colorado Santa Tips from Building our Story as well as checking out some tips directly from the North Pole!

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Note: My family received free admission to the park in return for this post. All opinions are my own and I did LOVE the park!

Apple Picking in Texas

One of many things on our Fall Bucket List was to bring Lennox apple picking. This sounds like no big deal to many, but in Texas – we have almost no options or orchard’s available to go picking at. Texas isn’t exactly the easiest place to grow apples, especially living in an urban area! 

apple-picking-in-texasI had always heard about Henrietta Creek Orchard in Roanoke, TX but usually it is never open to the public. When I saw that they were going to open to the public this year I was so excited and knew I had to bring Lennox! So when we got the chance to head out there this past weekend, Lennox was ready to pick some apples! henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-10This small apple orchard, located just on the outside of the city is perfect for children. Typically open to school field trips only, it really is centered around the idea of teaching children about farming, apples and nature. Watching Lennox be excited about picking her first apple and putting it into her apple bag was so great. For some reason, the fact that it had a leaf too, made her giggle!henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-09Although there were many apples on every tree – we had fun picking one or two from a number of trees and moving on to another area – exploring all the different rows of trees! henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-08Being in the “Tree Cave” (a more dense area of trees), was fun too! Dad even tried to reach for the nice red apples way up high!henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-07 henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-06Lots of beautiful apples!henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-05Once we had picked about 20 apples, we decided that was enough for some apple sauce and apple cobbler and decided to stop so that there were plenty of apples for everyone else! We then went exploring everything else Henrietta Creek Orchard has to offer. henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-04They have many other gardens, including a pizza garden, herb garden, and a butterfly garden! They even have some chickens that are fun to watch for a few minutes.

henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-02No trip is complete during the fall, without a fall farm picture! Oh, and it’s football season – so LEnnox had to wear her cowboys jersey (sorry Papa … bring her a Patriots one!)henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-03 It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning and I would recommend heading out this next weekend if you live in the DFW area! It’s a great way to teach your kids about how apples grow – Just in time for Johnny Appleseed’s birthday (learn more about why I mention that later this week)!henrietta-creek-orchard-apple-picking-01

Happy Fall y’all!