A few weeks ago, Dominic’s parents asked us if we’d like to go with them on a mini getaway to Delavan, Wisconsin to a resort called Lake Lawn Lodge. When Dominic was small, they took him every year so I knew it would be extra special for Dominic to now be able to take his wife and daughter, so we happily accepted the invitation.
I did all of our packing Thursday night, and we were up and on the road early Friday morning, with Starbucks in hand (of course) and Kings of Leon on our Pandora app!
It was a relatively short drive. I honestly thought it was going to be a lot longer but I think we got there in about an hour in 45 minutes, not counting the stop we made in a little town called Lake Geneva, for some lunch! It’s a place called Champs, and it’s also another stop that Dominic and his parents have always made when they used to go to Lake Lawn Lodge!
Of course after we got settled and put all of our stuff away in our room, we went exploring. They couldn’t wait to show Olivia and me around, and we gladly let them. Olivia grabbed her binoculars, and off we went! So first off, the lodge is freakin huge. And it’s so cute! I’ve always wanted to go to a lodge like that. It had that woodsy feel, antlers on the wall, you know what I mean. I was pretty obsessed with all the different light fixtures and the cool patterned carpets! They have an indoor and outdoor pool, a fire place in pretty much every big room, three different places to eat, couches every where to just lounge around in, a spa, a general store, in the summer it seems like there is A LOT to do outside, and you can also never get lost because it’s basically just one giant circle.
The first day that we were there, we went swimming, ate dinner and just kind of got a feel for things. The second day, we woke up early for breakfast and then my mother in law surprised me with a trip to the spa for a girl’s morning featuring amazing body massages. She knows that I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my neck lately and that massage was exactly what I needed! We came out of there like new women, ready to start the day! We went back to the room to change, and then went into Lake Geneva again to explore the cute little town. It’s a lot like Galena, where we usually go to getaway, with all of it’s small shops and restaurants. We went to lunch at a place called Hogs and Kisses, it was pretty cool too. The atmosphere was super chill, we had awesome burgers and soup and then we were on our way to continue walking. We made a few more stops, ending with a trip to the biggest Starbucks I’ve ever seen. We stopped for a car wash (it’s pretty much a hobby of my husband’s), and then Olivia practically begged us to go “simming in da pooooooooooo pleaseee mama pleaseee dada simming pleaseeeeeeeeee” I mean, how do you ignore that kind of request?
I liked the pool because there were stairs for her to play on and even a middle island for her to stand on as well. Olivia likes to be in the pool, but only where she can touch the bottom with her feet, otherwise she gets very nervous.
Nick and Nancy booked us a fancy dinner reservation for the evening so we stayed in the pool for about 45 minutes and then left to go get ready to meet them at the restaurant in the resort. The food was good and Olivia loved it because she ended her meal with a chocolate “cuptay”. I’ve never seen her eat anything so fast in her whole little life.
The weekend of surprises continued when my husband said that his parent’s were gonna watch Olivia while we went out for a little night cap. We went to a little bistro called Sopra for some drinks and desserts and it was perfect. We shared a strawberries and caramel dessert, had a few drinks and just spent time together, which was the most special of all :)
We woke up Sunday morning early for breakfast again (I am so NOT a morning person), came back to the room to pack, made a quick stop at Starbucks to get some fuel for the road and stopped in Kenosha, WI to visit the outlet malls. I didn’t take many pictures because it was super cold, but we walked out of there with a few goodies including a fruit bowl (I wanted one so bad!) a lot of baby underwear, a few outfits and some shoes….all for Olivia. Why is it that once you have a baby you forget about yourself and you only spend money on them? Olivia was taking clothes off the racks and telling Dominic, “Look babe!!!” I probably said that a little too much this trip, as our little parrot can obviously prove that. He loves every second of it though. We both do.
We ended Sunday night in vacation mode by ordering a pizza, watching a movie, taking a bath, playing in Olivia’s teepee and getting everything ready for potty training week ;)
And now for a photo dump: