time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life - brian andreas

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Wings and Waves

Last June a new indoor water park opened about 30 minutes from our house in McMinnville, OR (side note: I am in love with McMinnville.  It is quaint, charming, and I feel tied to it because my family lived there from 1983-1986).  The park is called Wings and Waves and is part of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum that houses the Spruce Goose, and tons of other planes. 

a picture i took as we left the water park.

We FINALLY got around to taking the kids there.  We didn't tell them we were going until we walked in the doors.  They were so excited:

And I was so excited we waited until the dead of winter to go...when we're all ghostly white and the holiday/post holiday weight is still lingering.

The park was very family-friendly...they had pools, slides, a hot tub, wave pool, and kiddie pools.
The favorite attraction for our family?
Definitely the 4 water slides...after climbing 7,374 stairs (really it was 78, but felt like a lot more.  See comment above about the lingering holiday weight), we found ourselves in an airplane that sits on top of the park.  The slides all start in the belly of the plane and flow down into the rest of the water park:

We also spend a considerable amount of time in the kiddie pool with slides, fountains, and climbing structures:

And of course, our beach bum babies couldn't wait to get goggled up and try the wave pool:

They loved it:

Except 1 little boy...who DID NOT love it and wanted to be held the entire time:

Don't you think Dylan resembles Jim Bruer (aka: goat boy) from SNL in that picture?


And although there are only 3 pictures of me the entire day, I was there...in all my pasty-skinned- chubby glory:

with the babes.

self photos are always so flattering.

always mature.

Dylan thinks I look like a little girl who just got baptised when I'm swimming...no make up and a pony tail will do that to a girl. 
And by girl, I mean 8-year old.

I think the park was a big hit with everyone:

in the hot tub

...even this little boy:

...who finally got up the nerve to test out the waters...as we were leaving:



  1. That looks SO fun. I'm jealous. Ps...in that one picture you look naked. You hussy. Miss you. Xoxo

  2. Betsy's right. In the picture with kids you look total nudiiieee. Scandalous. Sounds fun! We need to hang out this week. Asap