Monday, May 23, 2011

Kananaskis - Saturday, May 21

Room Photos
Bella's Bed


Becca's Bedroom :)

Dean and Julie's bedroom with the jacuzzi

Doors separating two main areas

We arrived at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis around 3pm after a beautiful drive drive out from Calgary. We did hit rain for about 10 minutes but it was sunny again by the time we arrived. We went straight to our executive king suite room. It was perfect for us. It has a sitting area with a pull out sofa, a large bathroom, and through french doors in the sitting room it has a king sized bedroom with a two person jacuzzi (plus a second tv for Dean and I!).

We started our adventure by exploring the hotel and showing the girls around. Next we headed to the pool where we enjoyed lots of playing around in the large pool, plus nice relaxing in the hot tub which was both inside and outside. We returned to our room and got ready for our 6:30 dinner reservation at The Fireweed Grill. It was a nice treat to find out that kids aged 6 and under eat free and there was ample selection on the kids menu. Bella had a grilled cheese sandwich and Becca had chicken fingers. They both had french fries and then for dessert Bella was thrilled to have jello with sprinkles while Becca had delicious chocolate chip cookies. Dean and I enjoyed a delicious dinner. We started with Calamari, then Dean had the tenderloin and I had the Mountain Feature of portobello mushroom risotto. For dessert I had the Chocolate Baileys Brulee while Dean had a giant chocolate sundae. The food was fabulous and the service and ambiance was better than I had expected for the "family friendly" restaurant on site. The only negative was our own poor judgement in having dinner so late with two little girls who usually eat earlier and go to bed at 7pm. Becca was quite fussy and at one point even spilled my glass of wine all over the table! What a waste of wine! Plus she started to get quite loud as the meal progressed. We were frustrated that we had to rush through our after dinner drinks "Peppermint Patty" (hot chocolate with lots of yummy liqueurs) but at least we learned from the evening to eat earlier tomorrow. And I need to mention that Isabella was a perfect angel. She is certainly growing into a lovely young lady.

We felt the need to let the girls run a bit after dinner even though it was way past their bedtime. Right outside the lodge between all the buildings is a great pond surrounded by rocks that the girls love to climb on. We let them play for a bit before taking them into bed. We pulled out the sofa bed for Bella and set up Becca's play pen we had brought from home. The sofa bed was certainly big enough for the two of them, however Becca still sleeps in a crib at home and trying to get them to fall asleep in the same bed seemed ludicrous to us :) We shut the doors to our room about 8:45 to let the girls fall asleep while Dean watched TV and I enjoyed a nice bath. Both had the potential to be a great end to our day, however the girls decided that they weren't going to fall asleep. By 11pm all four of us were exhausted and frustrated, and no one was asleep. Since the girls could still see each other they continued to talk and joke and get along like I always want them too - just not in the middle of the night. Dean had worked such a long week that he was exhausted and I was just frustrated with the whole situation. I don't know why it took us so long to figure out to put Becca around the corner in the hallway to the bathroom, but that was the secret. Once they couldn't see each other (and with the fear of God put into Bella - sorry girl!) they were able to fall asleep. Becca kept waking up all night so I didn't get a good night's sleep, but at least Dean and Bella finally got to sleep. I think that Becca was so over tired that she just couldn't help it. As a parent, all you can do is learn from the moment and laugh at it later.

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