How I Dislocated My Jaw at the Water Park

When you have a wild and crazy mom-and-kids getaway, you don’t anticipate you are the one who will potentially be injured.  Am I right?? A few weeks ago on Groupon, I spotted a hot deal for a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  If you’re not familiar, this is a hotel with an indoor water park attached.  We had stayed at this location a year ago, and had a great time. (You can see all this property offers from my highlights post Inside Peek at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs.) Hmmmm… 5 per room. 5 water park bands included.  Me and my 2 kids, plus my sister-in-law and nephew = 5!   IT'S A COUSIN VACATION PARTY!  Now that’s an affordable and crazy-fun Thanksgiving Break trip made in heaven! So we decided to book a room, and share it.  At the thought of having three wild children all in the same room, I had moments of questioning the wisdom of this plan.  My son and  nephew are both energetic first graders. There were early moment like … [Read more...]

Letting Go Of Regret

Something happened to me today that I'm still digesting, but it promises to be a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. After 20 years of regret, someone told me something today that allowed me to let it go. Many moons ago, I was riding a horse on the last stretch towards home, along a paved road. A nearby sprinkler system fired up, sounding eerily like a hissing snake, and spooked my horse. He proceeded to throw me, resulting in my landing flat onto my hip (and elbow) in the middle of the concrete. Ouch. In the ensuing circus, my teenaged riding friend dismounted, captured my bolting horse, and came close enough to me that her now-also-freaked-out horse could take a big, splattering pee on the road, up slope from me. Which then proceeded to trickle downhill towards me. I, of course, couldn't move. Talk about adding insult to injury.  Although it sounds like a semi-comical scene in retrospect, at the time it was a hot mess of pain, chaos, and general unpleasantness. I was in my … [Read more...]