If you’ve ever been on your way to Happy Valley or the Ikea in Utah and driven past this brightly colored, enormous structure on the side of I-15 with kids in your car you’ve undoubtedly heard, “Whoa, what IS that?!?” Followed by, “Can we pleeeease, pleeeease go there?!” My kids have stared in awe each time we have passed Cowabunga Bay with it’s Woody Surf Wagon suspended high in the air and the surfing cow beckoning to them. This is precisely what happened when our buddy, Rourke, saw this place from the back seat on his way to Ikea with his mom. “THAT,” he said, “is where I want to go for my birthday.” His mom, Teresa, organized a perfect day for us to celebrate with him complete with a cabana and cabana boy to serve us treats all day.
His actual birthday was a month ago and we were anxious to finally celebrate with him. When the day finally arrived we woke up to black clouds, grey skies and a torrential downpour. Teresa and I panicked. How were we going to best break the news to the boys that we’d have to celebrate elsewhere and someplace definitely less cool? We decided that the rain couldn’t hold out all day and packed everyone up to make the drive down anyway. By the time we stopped to pick up Teresa and Rourke the clouds parted and blue skies were peaking through. When we pulled into the parking lot we looked at each other and said, “this is going to be perfect… we totally lucked out.” The weather was perfect and the crowds were no where to be found. We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate our best pal’s big sixth birthday.
Some pictures of the perfect day. The boys didn’t stop smiling!
One very excited boy, squeezing the daylights out of his mom!
Ricky bought a snorkeling set a couple days before and couldn’t wait to test it out.
The lazy river was just as fun as the steep waterslides.
Total bliss for the birthday boy!
So many awesome slides to choose from.
A short little video of our fantastic time:
After Cowabunga Bay we headed back to Rourke’s house for some sparklers, smoke bombs, other fireworks and some cake.
Rourke’s tricky mom put trick candles on his cake. Those suckers kept relighting and relighting. My favorite part was when Rourke realized what was happening, smiled and said, “A little help here.”
Of course everyone wanted to help!
Teresa and Rourke, thank you for such an amazing time. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. We are so blessed to have you!
We love you!
Heather and the boys.