Monday would seem, was and maybe is, our last really hot day of the summer. So my friend Natalie asked me to please go with her and her two kids to Roaring Springs. For those of you not in Idaho it's our one and only (I know sad) water park. Natalie had a free pass and Gabe was free so we went.
We were in the kiddie pool area all of 30 seconds and I couldn't find Emma. Natalie and I looked for about five minutes for her. All the while I'm talking to myself, "Be calm Casey, it will be okay. When you find her don't kill her there will be witnesses...stay calm." I finally asked the life guard if they have a procedure for lost kids because I being mother of the year had lost my daughter. It's true I was feeling like really I can't keep track of my kids at all, which by the way was Daryl's concern with this whole adventure. I had told him it would be fine and that I could handle it. HA! Emma loves to prove me wrong. I guess that's her job. Anyways back to the story. The lifeguard tells me to go talk to this guy with a radio and as I start to walk over there, I see a lady with a radio and Emma in tow. Turns out Emma left the kiddie area, climbed the stairs and went off the drop off slides pictured above. It's like a 6-7 foot drop into a 10 foot deep pool. The park employee who so nicely is bringing my daughter back to me says, "the guards had to pull her out of the pool." I'm screaming in my head BIG SHOCKER! I couldn't believe that the "guards" let her down the slide.
So Emma then is forced by the mean mom she's been blessed with to become an appendage to my arm for a while. When all is said and done she looks up at me and says, "Mom those big slides are so much fun. We can do it again and you can catch me." Part of me is still upset but more of me is so excited that she loves things like this. My little adrenaline junkie.
My Gabbers loved this slide and we had to do it a couple of times. This adventure will be so much more fun when everyone can carry their own mats. Gabe and I went down the dark tube slide and we got to the bottom and he said, "Mom that was spooky. Let's do it again." I'm so thankful to have two little thrill riders. It will make family vacations so much more fun. At least for me.
We did have a lot of fun and were safely returned home. We'll try again another time. Each year gets a little bit easier. Thank goodness. Happy summer to you all. It's sadly almost over. BUMMER!