I did a workshop a few months ago, and the topic was “I’m Always Busy” and basically talked about how whenever you ask someone how they’ve been, the response is “busy”. But who is making them busy? They are. We are. We, parents, have busy lives, to begin with, then you add to school, activities, play dates, sports, etc. and there goes your entire life. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but you know what I mean.
I love being busy; I actually thrive off of it. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I went home from a 9-5pm job every day; going home to relax, just isn't me. I've worked two (sometimes even three) jobs to keep me busy for as long as I can remember. I'm always signing up to be more involved, whether it's boards, committees or volunteering.
Example: A few weeks ago, I signed London up for baseball this spring; she has never played or really shown an interest, but it was her dad’s idea. So I found myself volunteering for a Division Director position, as well as the Opening Day volunteer. Almost immediately after doing so, I stopped and asked myself why it’s not possible for me to just do the minimum. I mean, that's what a lot of people do, isn't it? Why do I always need to sit on boards, and volunteer for everything?
I sometimes feel like I am overcompensating, and I constantly feel like I need to prove to myself that I can do everything.
I’ve been home from Vegas for a week now; I’m not sure if this is what it feels like when you get older, but it doesn’t even feel like I was there; it went by way too quickly. I’ve been six times since turning 21 (January 2010; October 2011; September 2013; April 2014; September 2015; January 2018) and it is still one of my favorite places to go. I've stayed at the MGM, Linq, Hard Rock & The Venetian. This last time, we stayed at The Venetian again and I have to give the concierge a HUGE shoutout; Mimi was incredible. She was so sweet and pleasant and I'm obsessed. Anyways- these are some things I’ve done and loved while in Vegas; Check out a show; My first time in Vegas, I checked out Cirque Du Soleil’s O at the Bellagio. Any Cirque De Soleil show is a good idea, you can get cheaper tickets by talking to your hotels' concierge. Shopping; If you love shopping as I do, I recommend a day trip out to the North Premium Outlets. Why North over South? I have no idea. I’ve been to both, I don’t remember anything specifically better of one over the other, but anyone you
London turned 5 this week. F-I-V-E. This year, we agreed upon an 'Over the Rainbow' theme which was a lot of fun! She had a lot of cute ideas for her party this year and I had a lot of fun putting it all together. She even helped decorate! This was one of the easier parties we've done; rainbows are pretty simple, and colorful, and lively! London and I DYI’d the hell out of her party; she was such an amazing helper! We did a rainbow backdrop for the snack table, rainbow fruit + vegetable trays, lucky charm squares, and tried out a new cake lady who did an incredible job at a rainbow cake, made of mini cupcakes.
In less than one month, I will be taking London on her first ever airplane! She is “very, very, very, VERY excited” and I am very, very, very, VERY anxious; I hate flying. The special thing about this trip is it will be with London, her dad and I. Yes, we are doing a “family” trip! Years ago, her dad and I discussed taking London to Disney for her 5th Birthday. After talking to some moms [and kids] who went to Disney as a younger child, I decided I would rather wait until she was a bit older, so she would remember more of it. Once that was kiboshed her dad suggested doing another trip. Last summer, we went to Banff together and London got to see the mountains for the first time. I was thinking he had something like that in mind; a trip to the mountains, a weekend is Calgary; something close. It basically went "go big or go home" and he pitched the idea of going to Toronto. I haven’t been to Toronto since I was 19 years old. So I figured, why not? Our flights are booked, we’re staying at a lovely downtown Airbnb condo, rented a car to drive
Last week, we took our first ever vacation together! We visited Calaway Park in Calgary, AB [I have a little thrill seeker on my hands]. My almost five year old LOVED the water ride, the swinging ship and every other ride she was tall enough to enjoy. We ended up going during the opening weekend of the Calgary Stampede, so it was probably a lot less busy than normal. It was beautiful weather too which made it a perfect way to start the trip. We decided to stay overnight at The Stoneridge Mountain Resort in Canmore, AB – this is going down as my favorite hotel in the mountains; I’d never been to Canmore before and there was something peaceful about the town. We stayed in a beautiful, two bedroom suite with the outdoor pool being the highlight for London. I will definitely be back. We got to visit The Enchanted Forest in Revelstoke, BC. This was also a first for me. I can’t remember the last time I wandered through a forest; there was something about being able to experience it with London that made it more “magical”. My favorite part: London signing her name in the book on our way