AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: What I can tell you DATE: 4/25/2009 10:45:00 PM ----- BODY:
I can't tell you a thing about last night, because I'm a member of the BlogHer ad network. Even though they only send me about $20 every six months, I still like being a part. It's not about the money, it's about belonging to the most amazing group of women bloggers online. They do have their rules though, and one of them is that I'm not supposed to blog about anything that I receive in which the value is over $40.

So I can't talk about last night, but I can talk about today after 11:00 AM, because we totally paid for that ourselves.

We are at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. Their amazing marketing team blitzed the Triangle region a couple of months ago, and I was hooked. Granted, I am a marketing person's wet dream (remember the Cindy Crawford skincare? Totally bought it and love it), but just in general, their marketing is great.

It's so good, that before I had been here or knew I was coming, I recommended it to a friend. She checked out the website and brought her family. Boom. Marketing circle complete.

I tried to book us a trip for when Lovely was tracked out, but Kevin's work . . . blah blah blah. He hasn't had a moment to take off before April 23, so we were stuck at home for track out, but here we are now.

Really though, it's not like me to want to go to the theme park and "join in." I'm a lapsed rock star, remember? I'm not really a "mommy" in so many words, and I'm far too cool to follow the masses to a waterpark.

Insert large amounts of laughter here.

I'm totally buying the whole kit and kaboodle. Why? Because my kids are having a blast. While my husband and I sit up on our dueling laptops, our kids are Passed Out Cold. Lovely and her daddy rode water slides all afternoon while Little Bird and I hung out in the wave pool and kiddie splash area. We would meet up, smile a lot, and get back to business. If Little Bird watched the giant bucket fill up with water and tump over on people once? He watched it a million times. Loved it.

Yeah, it's a little cliche. Yeah, it's a little cheesy. But only if you are too cool for your own good.

Past the cheese and cliche is a really nice place to bring your family. I mean super incredibly nice. Like worth every penny nice. I know this because of the people I met and the attention to detail they have shown. But getting into that part won't happen here; it will happen at Triangle Mamas after I'm home and have a moment to do them justice.

This trip though, this little weekend getaway, has proven once again that I am Mama first. Bring on the family entertainment. I love nothing more than to watch my kids have a great time. There will be time for trips to Sonoma and Napa after they are grown.

Except that typing that last sentence just broke a tiny corner of my heart. . .

Commence the commenting about balance please. Meanwhile, I'll be stopping at Ikea on the way back to Raleigh. And truly, like I Twittered earlier, "Wish you were here."

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mamma Pie DATE:Monday, April 27, 2009 at 7:57:00 AM EDT Hey, I have been fascinated with their cute little commercials-which are right up there with those "vitamin water 10" commercials, and wondering if they are really even that nice. So exciting and I am sure I will be dragging us off there, especially since this heat is already ridiculous! And as for "stopping by Ikea," well. YES. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Monday, April 27, 2009 at 11:07:00 AM EDT Ok, I want to know what you got!!

But I understand 'rules' and won't force you.

Sounds like you have found an amazing group to have fun with, the family. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous meredith DATE:Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 8:28:00 PM EDT I enjoyed reading your perspective on your outing to...wait, am I allowed to say where? They were great. My family had a great time also.

I just finished my official and unofficial reviews & wanted to see what the other folks had to share. :) ----- --------