The final moments of summer

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Friday: the final day of an already wonderful summer vacation!

We had big plans to go out with a bang.

In the spring we vacationed at Kalahari Water Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. This is our fourth year attending Kalahari with our co-op friends as part of a deal offered by the church of a previous co-op family. Their church books a group of rooms and locks in an amazing rate that we then can take advantage of. The deal is an awesome one, allowing a family to stay the night and enjoy two “day passes” to the indoor water park for $125.00.

This year became an even sweeter deal when, as a result of some water slides being closed during our visit, the park apologized by sending each participant a free day pass to enjoy another day at their park (in the upcoming year) for free.

It was a generous apology for a miscommunication mistake on their end. Although, we didn’t fully realize how generous, until we spent the day there last Friday and saw the cost of a day pass to the park had we not had the complimentary day passes…

It would have cost our family $420.00 if we would had paid out of pocket!!

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(Not that we would have ever considered it had we not had free day passes) 🙂

When discussing summer plans we talked early on about saving our day passes for the last Friday of the summer, thinking it would be a fun way to end summer vacation. We also thought it would be fun to go during the summer months when the outdoor areas of the resort would be open since we usually go in the off-season when just the indoor water park is open.

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I sent out an email inviting other co-op families (with free day passes) to join us. We ended up having the Caylors, the Holt boys, and the Hudaks join us, with Lana and her kids riding with us in our new van.

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It was a perfect day!

Catching the girls for a photo before they head to the next slide.

Catching the girls for a photo before they head to the next slide.

Miss Saga

Miss Saga

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Miss Tatum

The big boys sunning themselves :)

The big boys sunning themselves 🙂

Cheetah Racers Slide...a family favorite.

Cheetah Racers Slide…a family favorite.

This is what happens when I ask Tyler to pose :)

This is what happens when I ask Tyler to pose 🙂

It was so much fun exploring the amenities offered outside, as well as enjoying old favorites in the indoor section of the water park.

The outside play area enjoyed by the little boys and Saga.

The outside play area enjoyed by the little boys and Saga.

Waterfall fun!

Waterfall fun!

Ozzie and Saga

Ozzie and Saga

Friends enjoying the outdoor pool.

Friends enjoying the outdoor pool.

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Just a bunch of monkeys...

Just a bunch of monkeys…

Toby and Rusty enjoying the lazy river...

Toby and Rusty enjoying the lazy river…

A favorite ride, affectionally nick-named:

A favorite ride, affectionately nick-named: “The Toilet Bowl!”

The wave pool.

The wave pool.

Daddy and son

Daddy and son

And down he goes...

And down he goes…

Tyler ready for the next slide!

Tyler ready for the next slide!

LOVE this picture...LOVE these boys!

LOVE this picture…LOVE these boys!

We spent all day there and pulled out of the parking lot at 9:00pm wet, tired, and supremely satisfied with our final day of summer.

Tyler fell asleep in the final minutes of the trip home.

Tyler fell asleep in the final minutes of the trip home.

Let the school year commence!

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