Monday, January 20, 2014

Snow Mountain

Sunday, we went to Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain. For Christmas, we decided we'd rather ask for things that we can do rather than objects. We looked into all the things that we wanted to do with the boys (zoo, aquarium, Stone Mountain, etc) and when we looked at Stone Mountain (in Atlanta) we saw they had a special Snow Mountain exhibit they did for the winter. They have a huge area with snow to play in, little hills for small kids to sled, tubing, etc. We thought the boys would LOVE that, so my parents gave us tickets to go there for Christmas. You make your reservations for a date and time and you get two hours to snow tube, but the entire day to play in the snow areas. I had been really, really looking forward to this and told the boys we were going for a week or two now, so they've been super excited. Carter didn't understand that we were going TO the snow, so every morning he'd get up and see if it had snowed.

It's about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive to Stone Mountain from our house, so we left at 7:45 and got there a little after 10am. Our two hour tubing reservation was from 11-1, so we had plenty of time to park, check in, get in our snow gear and play in the snow some before we went tubing.

I always upload a lot of pictures for each blog post, but there's a TON in this one.

This is my favorite picture of the boys from our trip, this was right after we got them dressed and before we went to the snow area. They were so excited and I just love that they posed together. I got a pair of snow pants and some snow overalls at Goodwill for $2.00 each.

We had to have our tickets clipped on us where the employees could see them-the wind blew right as I was taking their picture in front of the sign. The boys had to be measured when they got there to see what they could and couldn't ride. Evan was 40.5 inches and Carter was 41. They had to be 36inches to do the snow tubing and under 42 to do all the little kid things, so they were the perfect height to do everything except go down the adult tubing hill by themselves (you had to be 42 inches for that)

We started off in the snow area and let the boys do a little tubing on the small kids slopes. They LOVED it.

They weren't scared at all. I didn't think they would be and I'm pretty sure Carter would have done this the entire time we were there and been perfectly happy.

This is the kids tubing area.

Stone Mountain

The snow area. It was so nice when we first got there, the snow was still fresh and it was easy to pick up snow balls and play in it. Evan's favorite thing ever was having snow ball fights. He talked about it the night before we went about how excited he was going to be able to "snow ball fight with daddy"

At 11:00, we went to the snow tubing area. They had several lanes set up for individual tubes (which the boys were just a tad too short to do) and then 4 lanes for family tubes. They had these HUGE tubes that would fit 5-6 people in it.

You'd go up a huge escalator and then get in the correct line. It took about 30 minutes to go through the line and down. The boys were such troopers in line. We definitely couldn't have done this last year, but they were perfect this year. They did so great in the line, no running off, getting impatient or anything. We took a few selfies while in line.

Standing in line, like such big boys.

Greg suggested we get one of us. I'm trying to be in the picture more since I'm always the one taking pictures and he remembered that I had said that.

The boys saw Greg and I take a picture together so they wanted me to take one of them together, the camera was facing them and they could see themselves, they think they're something when I take pictures of them like that.

They took some family pictures of us on the tube, but it didn't really seem worth the money to get those, so I just took a quick one with my camera before we went flying down the slope. I was terrified the first time we went down. I'll do all the rides at theme parks, snow tubing, water slides, but I'm always terrified each time I do. After we went down once, I realized it wasn't bad and was fine the second time. The 3rd time, we went in a different lane (the speedy lane of death) and there was somebody squirting water on the slope to make it go faster. We FLEW down that slope, I swear we got down twice as fast in that lane. It was terrifying. But, the boys LOVED it. I would joke with the boys before we got one each time and ask them if this was the one that I was going to go flying out of and after we got done, Evan said "you didn't fall out again-yay!" and Carter said "good job" haha.

We did have to take a meal break about 12:00, the boys were starving. So, we had lunch and then went back and rode the tube two more times before our session was over.

We were exhausted after we were done tubing. The boys were so excited to go play in the snow. That was Evan's favorite part, he couldn't wait. They found a snowman that somebody else had made and decided that he needed a carrot nose. Stone Mountain provided all the things you needed to play in the snow-buckets, shovels, ice cube shaper things (to make forts and igloos) and all the things to decorate snowmen.

Evan throwing a snowball.

He would laugh and laugh after throwing a snow ball and when we threw one back, he thought it was the best thing ever. Carter liked it--until he got hit in the ear and had some go down his coat, then he was kind of over snow ball fights. He really wanted to go down the kids snow tube hill, so Greg took him over there and I stayed with Evan and played in the snow (which is why I have way more pictures of Evan)

A picture of the snow area, the kids snow tubing hill and the fort with tunnels for the kids to crawl through.

Evan loved rolling around in it. We all started out bundled up, but it was warm (in the 50's) so we got hot quick. The boys took off their hats and greg and I had taken off our coats.

I told Evan to go behind the little photo stand so I could get a picture of him and he stuck his head in each hole laughing and going the next one saying that I couldn't get his picture.

There was also a kids sledding hill that Evan went down several times. Next year, they'll be too big for this, it's just for toddlers, so it was such a perfect year to go as far as their height and age.

There was a merry go round for snow tubes for the little kids. I think the boys were probably too old for this, but they saw it and weren't too tall, so we let them. You could tell it was nap time because 3 of the other kids were trying to sleep on this ride.

Carter went down the hill on the sled a few times, too.

I got so tickled at how Evan would just lay down in the snow and roll around. I'm so glad we were able to find the snow suit for so cheap, he would have been soaked.

I love this picture because you can see how happy he is just rolling in the snow.

Carter doing snow angels.

Some people built some really cool things, Carter found this fort that somebody else had built and had the best time playing in it.

Him and Evan playing in the snow fort.

They had as much fun wrecking it as they did playing in it. I saw several people knock their creations down before leaving and the snow was getting pretty packed in at that point, so once people were done with their creations and left, other people would come over and knock it down to take the snow to build their own creations.

We let the boys go through the snow fort tunnels a few times and then we called it a day after 4 hours of playing. We were all exhausted. The boys wanted us to carry them to the car. They actually managed to stay awake for the entire car ride home--and they were great, no fussing or anything. We thought for sure that they'd pass out before even leaving the parking lot. They were in bed and asleep by 7:30--they were worn out.

While we were there, we decided we wanted to come back when the weather was a little warmer. We thought the boys would have blast (they have so much to do) and it'd be nice to go when we weren't wearing layers and layers of bulk and carrying gloves, hats, etc. Before we left, I checked the price to see how much it'd be to come back and it was cheaper to upgrade our tickets from that day to the annual membership than it was to go back and buy day tickets for another day. We've always found that most places, the season tickets pay for themselves in two trips. So, we upgraded to the annual membership and can't wait to go back.

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