Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lake Winnie 2014

There is a wonderful family theme park an hour away from us called Lake Winnepesaukah (Lake Winnie).

Tim and I, years ago, started taking our children to this wonderful place.  We soon found out, after two years of disastrous trips, that some of our children are not cut out for the fun of a theme park.  Every year we went as a family, Antonio was very sick the whole time from the heat.  Zeke was having melt down anxiety attacks the whole time because all he saw around was people 
in danger on all the rides.  Also, Tim himself would be sick from the heat after a short time because the heat would take a toll on him with his Addisons disease.  Tim always ended up camped out in a very small air-conditioned room they have there as a museum for the park history.  He just as miserable as the two miserable children he had with him in there.  The third year we got smarter.  We did a change of plans and split up.  Tim stays home and plans a wonderful fun day with those who don't do well out at fun parks and I take the crew that really can have fun and enjoy it all.

Thursday was that big day.  I had a wonderful foster friend of mine keep baby "K" for us while we went to Lake Winnie.  Thank you Mrs. "H"!  It takes Baby "K" an hour to eat each feeding with lots of burping her every ounce or so or else none of it stays down.  So Tim and I thought it best to have someone be totally devoted to her for the day, so Tim could totally devote himself to Antonio, Zeke, "B" and "T".  Especially with "B" potty training and needing to be taken potty frequently.  Tim had a wonderful day planned for them all of movies, pizza, pop corn, junk food and games.

I took William, Carolyn and Elizabeth out for the day to Lake Winnie. 

The weather could not have been any better.  No rain but overly over cast and very little humidity.  The lines for the rides were amazingly short too!  They got to ride all they wanted without hardly any waiting at all.
We always take Elizabeth's wheel chair because with her heart issues she lacks the stamina to walk the whole park.  This year she used it the whole time as she is recovering from a broken foot still.

Williams favorite ride is these air planes.
He talked Carolyn into riding with him.
The planes barrel roll, unless you can keep them from doing it, by having a steady, strong hand on the controls.  Carolyn really trusts her brother on this ride to agree to ride with him.  There are many rides Elizabeth can not ride because of her heart condition but so many that she loves and can ride too.

Then of course there is this ride where they can go after each other in a safe and fun way!
The girls going after William!

They all work so hard at life, it is always so good to see them out and having a really good time.

They also have a water park included in the price.  So before we leave we always go and let the kids play for a bit on that side.  With Elizabeth's Cerebral Palsy she was not strong enough to get out of the current of the lazy river.  William had to go in with Carolyn and do a non-emergency rescue.  Well I am sure it felt like an emergency to Elizabeth, bless her heart.
Out of the current she did much better getting to her feet.

They also did the water slides a few times.

God is so gracious to let Tim and I have another wonderful day with the children making happy family memories!

Psalm 104:1-6  Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.  Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:  Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:  Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.  Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.






  1. Oh that looks like a fun day! I love days like that. Too bad neither of my kids do theme parks! :-/

  2. I am not one much for going to theme parks at all but enjoy so much taking the children and seeing them have a great time. It makes it fun and worth while. We did have a great time. Zeke does not enjoy many of the outings we do at all and has to take an i-pad or something to entertain him or is miserable and makes everyone else miserable as well. So, grateful for Tim to stay home with the ones that don't like to go and try to make a fun day for them doing things they do like. Blessings!

  3. I don't do well at theme parks either. Looks like the kids were very happy! Happy kids bring so much JOY! (((((HUGS))))))

    1. I do it for the children. To see them have a happy day. God is so good!