"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas at Kahuna Laguna, North Conway, NH

In an effort to curb some of the insanity during the holidays, the Niles Family traded in the usual toy-filled Christmas morning for a mini vacation at the indoor water park in North Conway.

Who could resist this?? The view from the hot tub:The hot tub itself with a floating Wook, completely in his element, at one with the water... ;)
The wave pool was definitely the all-around favorite... Get ready for it... get ready!!!!!Slammed by a wave...Caden felt safer 4 feet above wave level.Gabriel was moving way too fast for me most of the time and had no interest in stopping to pose. By luck, I caught this interesting exit from a water slide... Work it Gabe!Simone on the other hand did everything I asked her to. "Run through the spouts!" "Stop and turn on the climbing net!" (All this screamed at the top of my lungs... the place was LOUD!!!)"Be a freak!" Or something like that...Daddy and a reluctant Caden posed in the sprinkler zone. Late hotel nights mixed with water park fun totally wore out that Munch. Sleepy you think?!I think. (Give Rich anything remotely horizontal and napping ensues.)Whenever dry and possible, I tried experimenting with the camera. The lighting conditions made it challenging though I like this water shot...3/5th's of a family shot, the closest I could get!See you next year!


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