Sensitive letter writer strikes again

We are about to set off for Mexico on an Anniversary trip. That means NO KIDS. I am conflicted. I reeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllllly want to go but I’m nervous to leave the kids. I know their in good hands, but I will miss them. I worry. I’m crazy!

I think my daughter could sense this. She gave me this letter. I promptly put it in my suitcase to bring with me. Because that’s what neurotic mothers do.

She has become an epic letter writer. I see journalling in her future!

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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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The Boston Red Sox are Calling All Kids!

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In 2015, the Red Sox are “Calling All Kids” to join Red Sox Kid Nation!

The first 25,000 kids registered for Red Sox Kid Nation will receive a free ticket to a 2015 game. You read that right, the team has committed 25,000 free tickets to kids in 2015. Free tickets can be redeemed by signing up for Kid Nation: redsox.com/kidnation. This is also the first time that entry level membership to Kid Nation if free. Free membership and a free ticket!

The free tickets are not the only element of “Calling All Kids” as the team is also making Fenway Park an even more kid-friendly atmosphere with the addition of:

Gate K & Kid Nation Concourse – A special new entrance at Fenway dedicated to children and families located adjacent to Gate B near the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets. The gate will lead fans into the new Kid Nation Concourse featuring new attractions for young fans, including: A seven-foot giant Wally bobblehead, Interactive video wall, Life-size images & footprints Red Sox players, Balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter, Kid-themed concessions including a $5 kids meal (mini hot dog, cotton candy, and a small juice)

Wally’s Clubhouse – Red Sox Kid Nation Clubhouse is being transformed into the new “Wally’s Clubhouse,” open from the 3rd to the 7th inning season-long, providing families with a respite from inclement weather, a place to play and walk around, and a welcoming venue for children to meet Wally the Green Monster.

Red Sox Kids Crew – A new group of Fenway Park staff, Red Sox Kids Crew, will greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly Fenway Park activities.

Student Tickets – All high school and college students 15 and over with a student ID can purchase tickets for only $9 for every regular season home game. The tickets guarantee at least an entry into standing room, but the club will also upgrade to seats when they are available.

Good things are happening at Fenway this year for kids!

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I get to know about all of this good stuff and tell you all about across social media because I am a part of the #RedSoxMoms program. I get do some fun stuff like go to games in return for my participation.

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Happy Presidents Day or Katy Perry Day. Whichever.

My middle brought home some papers in her folder the other day. As elementary schoolers have a habit of doing. The amount of paper these kids bring home is suffocating. It’s everywhere. Some get hung up, some get put in the hanging file on the wall, some ends up on my desk. There is paper the children have manipulated in some way on every surface of my house.

But this one was special. I saw it and knew you would love it.

Happy Presidents Day or Katy Perry Day. Whichever.

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The caption says “He didn’t go to school for a long time.”

I asked her very cheekily if this was George Washington or Katy Perry.

She burst out laughing. “Oh my gosh mama it does sort of look like her. I didn’t mean for it too.”

In her defense we did just watch the Superbowl halftime show two days prior to this illustration. Had there been a dancing shark in the picture too I would have been much more concerned, or amused.

Whichever.

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