Last weekend we took a mini-vacation. Since Christmas, we had set aside some money for a hotel stay but waited until now to find a Saturday that wasn't already filled with plans.

We headed to Splash Universe in Shipshewana, Indiana - the heart of Amish country. Splash Universe is a hotel with a family-friendly water park attached and it's about an hour from our home. This made it perfect for a one-night getaway.

Neither of my kids had ever stayed in a hotel before. My 8-year-old daughter was especially excited to finally see what a hotel room looks like. The accommodations were fine, though none of us slept very. Here's a picture of some of the water park. The small blue slides in the foreground land you in a 8-inch kiddie pool, where I hung out with my son most of the time. Here's my daughter enjoying one of the water slides.

Here's another shot of the water park, showing the lazy river in the foreground. We all liked floating down the lazy river in the inner tubes. This Amish buggy was inside the hotel as a photo opp, so we couldn't pass it up.

My son's biggest memory: slipping at the water park and hurting his cheek. Thankfully it was nothing serious and didn't even leave a bruise, but he fell and hurt his cheek and that is the first thing he is sharing with everyone, right after saying "We went to Splash Universe!"

We enjoyed our mini-vacation. It was the first time we've ever taken the kids on a trip that didn't involve camping or staying with family members. Now we have some wonderful memories of our time together.


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