Refrigerator Light – how does this thing work.

Refrigerator Light – how does this thing work.

Ah the minds of 5 year olds. How do those work?!

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Preschool Graduation – the baby is all growed up

I’m not gonna lie. This hurts. This hurts like all get out.

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My baby just graduated from Preschool. That means he’s off to Kindergarten in the fall.

Kindergarten.

Elementary School.

With the big kids.

A giant backpack on his back.

Lunch made.

Jumping out of the van.

Running up the path.

Away from me.

AWAY FROM ME.

They are all moving away from me, all three. All the time. It’s the nature of kids. The grow. They move away from you. That’s what’s supposed to happen. But GAWD it hurts like a mutha.

I just want to keep them all right here, for just a bit longer.

I am having all the feels.

Next year means all the kids will be in one school. I got little brother into the after school program for the kindergarteners. That means one drop off. One pickup.

I have 8:30 – 2:45 all to myself. To do anything. Or something. I don’t even know what. What the hell am I going to do? But what if they need me? They’re so grown up, but still so little. Ridiculous.

ALL THE FEELS.

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Red Jacket Beach Resort on Cape Cod

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Our family recently took a trip down the Cape for April school vacation. We stayed at the Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth. We’ve been to the Red Jacket Mountainview Resort and loved it, so we were really looking forward to checking out what the Beach Resort had to offer.

 

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The check in process was simple and friendly. The front desk even called as soon as we got in to make sure we found our room ok. I’m not sure that’s a regular thing as much as I think we looked a bit tired and confused about where to go (3 kids in the car for a couple of hours will do that to you ;-)

We stayed in one of the newly renovated townhouses. Amazing. The kids couldn’t stop saying “Oh Look!” and “Look at this!”. The oceanfront townhouse (37 steps to the beach – I counted) has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a completely outfitted kitchen, and a washer dryer.

 

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The resort has 150 guest rooms with queen or king beds, cottages, townhomes and other deluxe accommodations with comforts such as complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, private balconies or patios, in-house vended laundry and available Jacuzzi rooms. A good portion of the rooms were renovated over the winter and look lovely!
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We ate dinner at the restaurant at the resort the first night. It was pretty quiet and the food was average pub fare. I asked about it at the front desk the next day. They told me because it’s not high season they have a very limited menu. In the summertime they have themed buffets, out door patio dining, and it’s much more lively. But oftentimes families are looking for that quintessential cape cod restaurant experience and they go offsite after their day at the gorgeous Red Jacket private beach.

On our first full day the kids headed out to the Kids Klub after breakfast. Over April vacation they had all kinds of activities as a preview for summer fun at the Red Jacket. They check you in around 9:30 and it lasts until 1 pm. There are arts and crafts, games and a trip to the pool (in the spring).

 

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My oldest really enjoyed the magic of Markus and Angelique Steelgrave. My middle loved going to paint night wither her Dad. And the littlest was all about the pool. They also had X Box One tournaments, culinary demonstrations, martini samplings, s’more nights at the beach campfire, movies on the big screen, an in-house caricaturist, and much more.  There are tennis and basketball courts to keep them busy and moving as well. In the summertime there are also hermit crab races, beach parties, pirate week, nature walks, live music, and poolside movies!

There is a gorgeous full service spa on the property as well. I spoke to a woman at the lounge who had just come from a massage and she couldn’t say enough good things about it!

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The Red Jacket Beach Resort is a fun family getaway. We can’t wait to get back there this summer. We’re thinking we might head down for the Yarmouth Summer Celebration to catch the fireworks and all the other awesome stuff they have planned.

Ah summer… is it here yet??

Ready to book a trip? You can do that right here!

 

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program with Red Jacket Resorts. I was given a complimentary stay at Red Jacket Resort. All opinions are my own.

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Spring is finally here and you have my daughter to thank

I was cleaning up my 6 year old daughter’s room a bit the other day. I am always telling her to be careful of leaving things over the heating vent. So naturally my eyes landed on a piece of paper over the vent. It was a bit wrinkled and looked like a note. I hesitated momentarily because, privacy. But then I remember, six.

I also noticed who is was addressed to… “Muthr Nachr”

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That’s Mother Nature to you :-)

I HAD to open it. Privacy be damned. It was addressed to Mother Nature for goodness sake! Amirite?

So I open it and read it and what follows melts me to a muthr puddle.

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In case you can’t decipher it. Let me translate:

To Mother Nature,
It is Sisi. I’m here to tell you my mom is having a lot of trouble with the snow.
And we are having trouble with the snow.
Please make it stop. Please?
Thank you.

Love,
Sisi
Um, WHAT?

Are you dying from cute? Because I did!

So you all have my daughter to thank for the snow stopping and Spring finally being here. You’re welcome.

 

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And this is her winter self portrait. Ad yes I know my special snowflake is super talented, but you can go ahead and comment on it anyway ;-)

 

 

 

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Red Jacket Beach Resort Cape Cod April Vacation Giveaway!

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4/20/15 – 4/25/15

Last fall the family and I trucked it on up to the White Mountains. We stayed at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. We had so much at the Resort and Kahuna Laguna. We also visited nearby Storyland. A really great weekend.

This weekend we’re headed south, to the Cape and The Red Jacket Resort in South Yarmouth. We are looking forward to April Adventures Family Week at “The Beach”.

There we will be a myriad of activities for all ages.  The popular Kids’ Klub will be in session all week and Markus and Angelique Steelgrave will be there to add more than a touch of magic to vacation days.  Plus kite making, “Paint & Wine” nights, X Box One tournaments, culinary demonstrations, martini samplings, s’more nights at the beach campfire, movies on the big screen, an in-house caricaturist, and much more.  And, while the kids are being entertained, the Otis Cole Aveda Exclusive Spa is available to pamper ME with special value treatments.

You can see a sample of the activities on the booking page!

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A typical day would could look like this:

Saturday, April 18

7:30 – 11:00 am Breakfast in Dining Room at leisure.

12:00 – 2:00 pm Luncheon in Asa Eldridge Pub on own.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Kite Fun … decorate and build your own kite.  Complimentary materials.

5:00 – 7:00 pm Balloon Magic & Tattoos at the Oceanfront Pavilion

5:30 – 8:30 pm Dinner on own.

7:00 – 9:00 pm “Paint & Wine” at the Oceanfront Pavilion for all ages. “Coketails” for those under 21.

8:00 pm Dive-In Movie on the Big Screen

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These activities will continue into the high season – SUMMER. Oh my goodness can we all just talk about how excited we are for summer right now? I am so excited about summer that I am about to head down the Cape and just pretend it’s summer at the Red Jacket Resort. Yep. Doin’ it.

So who wants to head down the Cape with me this April vacation a pretend like it’s summer?!?

Red Jacket Resorts has given me two night to giveaway to YOU!

Enter here and we’ll do this quick. Ends Thursday morning so you can plan your week!

 

 

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program with Red Jacket Resorts. I was given a complimentary stay at Red Jacket Resort. All opinions are my own.

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Big Apple Circus! Review from the Ring.

Big Apple Circus presents METAMORPHOSIS in its annual Boston engagement at City Hall Plaza from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, May 10, 2015.

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Yesterday, the fam and I went to the Big Apple Circus at City Hall Plaza in Boston.

SO.
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Both my husband and my son were pulled into the ring for some of the fun. My husband was an especially good sport as Francesco the Clown brought him in, dressed him as a bride, and made him jingle bells on the skirt by shaking his hips. Oh my, my, my, it was funny!

Yep, it was so much fun even my lap go into the act. Wait, what? Yes, confetti exploded right over my head. All over me. I may still have some in my hair right now.

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We were in the front row in case that’s not obvious to you at this point. But there is not a single seat is more than 50 feet away from the action. So if you have the money and want to spend it go ahead and get up front, but all the seats are great!

You can get tickets here! And use the code APPLE to get 20% off.

 

For 37 years Big Apple Circus, New York’s original one-ring circus, has been delighting audiences of all ages under its Big Top by presenting the finest in live family entertainment featuring world-class circus artistry. Experience the instant connection between audience and artist as your family sits less than 50 feet from the ring. Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus. Tax-deductible contributions made by corporations, foundations and individuals enable Big Apple Circus to bring its special magic to diverse audiences through its outreach programs — Clown Care[SM], Vaudeville Caravan[SM], Circus After School[SM], Circus For All!® and Circus of the Senses® — as well as its critically acclaimed performances.

A Note for Food Allergy Moms:

From the Circus – “We do not sell peanuts as a single concessions item nor do we present animal partners that eat peanuts, however we do sell concessions items that contain peanuts such as M&Ms and Cracker Jacks.”

 

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This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by The Big Apple Circus. I have been given a free tickets to the circus for this post. All opinions are my own.

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