I just got back from a trip to the Kalahari waterpark resort with an unusual group consisting of me and my two boys (Tim and Jeff) my niece and nephew (Ramona and Cale) my mother, my aunt Judy, my cousin Marisa and her nieces Isabel and Jillian.
I held the unique distinction of being the only adult who was the parent of some of the children, who had been to this place before, and was willing to go in the water. This meant I was responsible for accompanying the kids on the slides and doing a lot of the "figuring out" of what we should be doing when, and trying to keep track of everyone.
The first day went well with the boys running around going on as many of the slides and rides as they could, but the girls stayed with the tamer activities as they became interested in trying out some of the big slides. For our second day I decided it would be best if the kids and I got to the waterpark right as it opened at 9:00 when the lines were shorter so we could go on the group rides all together.
After a quick in-room breakfast I threw on my bathing suit and went in the hallway at 9:00.
Cale and Jeff went rushing past me but I waved them back, and told them to put on some shoes and wait for the other kids.
Tim came out munching on a bagel. I told him to hurry up and finish that and get back out here because we were leaving for the waterpark right away.
Isabel and Jillian come out of their room then and I ask Isabel to go back in and get Ramona.
Ramona comes out and announces that she is going to go to the gift shop with Grandma so that she can buy a souvenir for her best friend Julia. I told her that we are on our way to the waterpark, shopping would be later. Could she go back in and get Isabel?
Ramona goes in and comes out to tell me that Isabel is on the phone with her mother.
My mother comes out and says she is ready to go shopping with Ramona. I tell her that we are going to the waterpark now, shopping later, and could she please go and get Isabel to come out here.
Tim and Jeff emerge from their room and I ask them where Cale is. In the bathroom, they think.
Isabel comes out and hands the phone to Jillian, mom wants to talk to her too. I ask Isabel to go and get Ramona, who went back in the room.
Tim and Jeff are walking down the hall without waiting for the rest of us.
Jillian finishes her phone call and I tell her to go and chase Tim and Jeff and tell them to wait.
Ramona and Isabel come out of the room, finally ready, and I tell them to wait right there while I go and find out where Cale is.
I find Cale lounging in the room and we come out and all of the kids are walking far down the long hallway, and we hustle to catch up with them.
Finally we are all together in the hall, halfway to the waterpark, and Jeffrey remembers that he left his admission bracelet back in the room...
Silly kids. We repeated a version of this scenario every time we transitioned from doing one thing to another. That's just the way it is. Still a very fun time for all.