We got there at about 2pm on a rainy Saturday. Annie, having had a very pleasant drive with us, decided that she was NOT happy to be in this place. So, as Scott and the kids got all the bags from the car and got dressed into their bathing suits I sat with Annie trying to settle her down praying that God would help Annie calm down and that she would have a happy time while we were on vacation. When Annie is happy, the family is happy! So, as Annie settled into a nap I sort of day dreamed away at an easier life. I saw sweet Annie having a blast running through the waterpark with her little sister, free from the debilitation of Rett Syndrome - screaming "watch me mommy, watch me!'. I saw my Annie running up the stairs with her brother on their way up to the waterslides to ride on together and then scarfing down pizza (feeding herself!) and asking for snacks and juice boxes. What a blessing those day dreams were, although they left me quite sad when I woke, wanting so badly for my Annie to get her independence back.
The next day and a half left us with a sweet, happy, content Annie! A blessing and an answer to prayer for sure! But then again, this was the first year that we heard from James, longing for his sister (just 15 months younger and now 42 inches tall) to come on the rides with him. He asked over and over and over again. "Annie's 42 inches, can she come on this ride with me?" "Annie's tall enough now, why can't she ride this with me?" "I can help Annie get on this floaty why can't she come on with me?". Oh God how I wished I could take my prayers back. I didn't want my content Annie anymore, surely if she was screaming and unhappy James wouldn't have longed to be with her. But no, I prayed for content and content was what I was given. Lord help us in what we pray for. What a lesson. The night rolled on and we had some amazing times as a family, swimming, playing, having fun.
Kalahari has this amazing restaurant that just honors kids and their need to be the center of attention. They have a nice big stage and a DJ that runs lots of fun games with prizes and when the games aren't going on the kids get to DANCE on the stage! Um, can we say "Gracie's favorite place?"! This year we got to the restaurant late so we had to sit a little far back and Grace was less than thrilled heading up to the stage "solo" so far from her family at the table. I decided I would be her tiny cheering section and walked up to the stage with her, squating between 2 tables while she danced to her hearts content. To my dismay Gracie walked onto the stage very shyly, didn't dance and walked back down to whisper in my ear "do you think Annie could come up and dance with me?"
James and Grace are being hit with the giant water bucket!
James doing a little rock climbing.
Scott and Grace! I love that they are complementary opposites!
Scotty zip lining
Gracie riding Ollie, the camel
sweet little Lulu, napping
James and Gracie brining us lunch!
Jamesy zip lining
James with the Rhino!
Sott and Annie
James and Grace dancing at our dinner table.