In our little north Idaho town, the day after Thanksgiving is a big deal. There is a parade. There is a ceremony to turn on all the Christmas lights downtown. And there are fireworks. Big fireworks. Bigger than the Fourth of July. According to this website, the show is in the top three in the nation, right up there with New York City and San Francisco.
|Photo credit: taken from Jaunted.com|
I've lived here almost 20 years and never seen any of this.
There's always some excuse or another.
There's too many people.
There's no parking.
There's a blizzard.
Wah, wah, wah.
Well, this was the year.
Jarrod and I have been planning for several months to get a room at The Coeur d'Alene Resort so we could watch the fireworks show, but we kept it a surprise. The boys had no idea we were even going anywhere until we pulled into the parking garage.
We checked in early in the day so we would have plenty of time for important things, like trying out the resort pool.
There is just something surreal about swimming while outside the snow is swirling and ice sickles are forming.
Rowan fell in love with this preschooler-friendly wading pool.
And my big boys basked in quality time with their dad.
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a swim diaper for B, so there was no swimming for him and me.
We went for a walk instead and looked at all the pretty Christmas trees in the resort lobby.
After swimming we headed back up to our room.
Where certain three-year-olds sang and did karate moves in the shower.
While others tried to unwind.
Then we watched the parade with 10,000 or so other people.
After the parade, some hot chocolate, and a sucker we settled back into our room for the night.
Greyson in particular was very excited. He sat by the window and didn't move, waiting for the show to start.
None of us were prepared for how close we were to the action. The barge setting of the fireworks was literally floating on the lake right below our room.
It was pretty astounding.
When the show was over Greyson was quiet for a long time. Then he said "Mom, I just feel so happy, I feel like crying."
The final treat of the night was when we rented an exorbitantly priced movie on the tv, one none of the kids had seen yet. Rowan was glued.
What's a visit to the resort without room service? Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled boys.
Mister B didn't know what he was missing.
All in all, it was a magical day that we won't soon forget.
And that's good because we probably won't ever be able to afford it again ;)