Today I am nesting as I await the blizzard. As much as you know I prefer the sun I say bring it on! Before it hit 10:00 I had already gone to Trader Joes, Target, run 2 loads of laundry and started sauce and meatballs and chicken soup. (Listen I didn’t call this blog manic for nothing!) The soup is for my big girl who is home with a sore throat.
We are doing some girl things today and I gave her a little pedicure. During her “spa time”, I found my mind wandering to last week when I attended the grand opening for Elizabeth Arden’s newest Red Door Spa at the luxurious Garden City Hotel.
Well if you live in Garden City you’ve probably visited that Red Door once or twice. But the Garden City Hotel’s Red Door is new and wonderful! As part of The Garden City Hotel’s extensive renovation, the new Red Door Spa is located within a 7,000 square foot lower level complex houses a pool and fitness center. Starting in spring 2015, spa guests will be able to enjoy the adjacent pool and fitness center before and after their treatments. How many spas have you been to where you can exercise and swim?!
The new facility offers six deluxe treatment rooms, five manicure and pedicure thrones, and a full service hair salon. One of the treatment rooms is a couple’s suite and it is inviting and gorgeous. The salon and spa also features a retail boutique, where guests can discover the latest skin care and beauty trends at the beauty bar, and shop for high-tech skin care and color products from the Elizabeth Arden and Red Door Spa Professional lines, as well as today’s leading hair care brands.
Select treatments will also be offered in-room in the hotel’s 272 newly renovated guest rooms and suites. Executive Chef Michael Mandato in collaboration with Red Door Spa will be introducing spa cuisine dining to further embellish the retreat experience.
Of course there’s easy valet parking in this beautiful environment so there’s no stress at all. :)
Meanwhile, I’m sitting here with my big girl in my sweats watching 20 episodes of Every Witch Way while she coughs on me. Would I change a thing? Nah. But I’m still dreaming about the Red Door Spa at the Garden City Hotel!!!
It doesn’t matter that we’re anticipating 3 feet of snow. My little one was excited to play in 3 inches today.
And she was quite successful!
I don’t doubt we are expecting a lot of snow but I’m quite honestly exhausted from all the hysteria.
My Facebook feed is filled with all of the same images and rants. Can’t. Take. It.
So, I’m going to stare at this photo a bit to lighten my mood :)
If you’re in my neck of the woods, stay safe!
We went to a children’s Christmas party that we attend annually and it’s through this party I really see the my kids aging….sob! When they were so young it was labor intensive for me at this party, chasing them around, making sure they ate. We would often have to leave BEFORE Santa arrived as my daughter was deathly afraid! Fast forward a bit and my husband and started to be able to sit back and enjoy our meals while the kids enjoyed the face painting, cookie decorating, dancing, and the delight of Santa.
This year? As we geared up I was so excited…the Christmas party is coming up I would declare as it got closer………and shoulders would shrug with barely a smile! I mean, they do all still believe in Santa THANK GOODNESS! But, I can see they are just getting over it all bit.
They are so grown up!
I just love that photo. It’s my 9-year-old (as of today) twins getting sung to at Red Robin by 10 members of the wait staff. We were all feeling a little kooky and punch drunk coming off of 5 hours at Great Wolf Lodge. Yup you heard me. Somehow the hubs and I got dragged back this year as a way of avoiding birthday parties. I kinda of loathe that place. But the kids….they can’t get enough.
And it’s 2 hours away which isn’t bad. We spend one night and that’s our big birthday vacation celebration. After Red Robin we went back for more “fun” and the next morning we were at it again at 9 a.m! Thank goodness Starbucks is in the building. The wear and tear on mine and the hubs bodies is deep from this trip. But, I must say the highlight was when the attendant at the hydroplunge ride looked at me and my 55 pound 9-year-old and said,
are you guys a minimum of 150 pounds together?
Um what?! I don’t know who you are kid at Great Wold Lodge, but I LOVE YOU!
Back home and today is the official birthday which means we went out for hibachi tonight. As we ate I thought about 9 years ago, and how I barely remember these guys.
Nonetheless it was a wonderful day. I just wish it would all slow down!
Have a great weekend! (We are soccer free and loving it!)
Veteran’s Day was this week. I like when the kids get a break but no one likes it more than they do.
I had a few returns to make in a mall where I used to take them at least twice a month to ride a merry-go-round. It was something to do when they were babies. But would they be interested in riding now I wondered….?
It was so cute to see them hop on all next to each other. But they looked like GIANTS. It made me a bit sad to reflect on the time that’s passed by, as they rode by. Perhaps I’m feeling it more as my twins’ birthdays are one week from today…
But it was a treat to see them on the ride and then I got them some punch balloons.
We headed to my parents retirement community next where they enjoyed the swimming pool.
I love this mid-week mini breaks. What did you do on a Veterans Day?
Tuesday was Election Day, the kids had off from school. I’m not a big scheduler on these days off because the kids have such hectic schedules altogether and I believe they need a nice day off (i.e I didn’t take advantage of the Girl Scout bowling trip or the various camps being offered for the day). However, I do try to plan some fun for the four of us and what that usually involves is a discussion leading up to the day and a decision about what will make everyone happy. We had decided to to head to my parents over 55 community to go swimming and that was an easy great idea.
But when I got to my car I found an alert light on and the plans had to be aborted for a moment. Of all days! I’m a freak about safety when it comes to the kids. The last thing I need is to be broken down with them in the car so I told them we needed to head into the auto body shop for a quick check. I made it very clear that it was tight in that little waiting room and they needed to not fight, wait patiently, and keep occupied. But, if they could do it, I would take them to Wendy’s afterward, followed by the fun afternoon of swimming.
Everyone who came into the place looked at these 3 and smiled or laughed. :)
They were great, and it’s not because they are great kids.
Here’s why it worked:
1-Communication–I made it clear what was happening BEFORE we got to our destination.
2-Expectations–I made it clear what I expected in terms of their behavior.
3-Distraction–I made sure they had enough things to keep them busy.
4-Rewards!–I told them I would be happy to take them to Wendy’s (their choice) when we were through.
30 pleasant minutes later with one nail removed from my tire we drove off to a nice lunch and a great day of swimming!
How do you manage when your child/ren have to tag along to your boring appointments?
Last weekend we celebrated my father’s 81st birthday. It was a simple family gathering with my sister and brother. Since we aren’t all together that often I thought it would be nice to snap a photo of the five of us…our primary family.
I think the birthday boy looks better than anyone…yet I know he’s going to be mad at me for revealing his age!
Happy Birthday Dad!!!!!!!
My 8 year old daughter had a bad day the other day. I was at work and my husband encouraged her to write about it, since she seems to love writing poems.
Sadness can be anywhere. Sadness can be anything. Sadness can be dropping ice cream on the floor.
Sadness can be losing your best friend. Sadness can effect you in many places, but mostly in your heart.
She’s having a better day today. :)
I awoke this morning to my three hustling and bustling around the kitchen. I heard my little one say, “This is the best day of my life!” They were all working together for a big morning celebration of our anniversary (12 years). This was completely amazing. The fact that they teamed up and truly worked together for one cause…celebrating their mom and dad, well, it was the best gift we could have received.
It’s so developmentally appropriate for children to be self involved. Isn’t wonderful when they surprise us with beautiful acts of kindness and selflessness?
We were so thrilled to have a day off today from soccer and hockey, and have the whole family home. But what was even better was that the sun was shining and it was blazing hot. I swear I must be afflicted with seasonal affective disorder because I seriously hate the cooler weather, even fall…I mean I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like fall, right? I even got married in the fall!
Honestly who needs to go pumpkin picking in this weather?! I wanted to go to the beach, but no one backed me up. Instead we spent all day at a park and ended up mini golfing.
It was perfect. :)
Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?