Pre-Summer Fun at Wet n’ Wild Phoenix

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wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

There’s something about a water park that takes you back to your childhood. I have countless memories playing in wave pools and going down water slides as a child. The smell of sunscreen, the sounds of kids laughing and the awesome feeling of anticipation you got as you dragged your tube up flights of stairs to the biggest slide they had.

Imagine my surprise when Wet n Wild reached out inviting us to experience Wet n Wild Phoenix. As the perfect way to cool off in the Phoenix heat I was super excited to go. Albeit, a bit hesitant because my kids are young – 6 years, 3 years and 8 months. I didn’t know if there were many rides they could do.

To my surprise, they have Wet n Wild Junior! It’s this spot inside the water park created just for young kids and families. The slides were the perfect height for Colton, my 3-year-old (he’s 42″). Nolan (our 8 month old) loved running through the splash pads in his dads arms.

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We arrived at 11am (right when they opened) and snagged lounge chairs in the Junior section. Not only was there plenty of shade (a Phoenix must) but the splash pads let out a cool mist that filled the entire lounge area. I constantly felt like I was getting misted by cool water at every turn. It made the 100 degree heat bearable for once. And can we just pause for a second and look at how cute Nolan is in that hat? I mean. Those cheeks!

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wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

Colton went on a few slides and then started to pout because … well, because he’s three but also because he was scared of the heights and the sounds. He got this trait from me. I’m a big chicken. When I was in eighth grade, I lied to my friends and told them that my dad wouldn’t allow me to ride roller coasters just so I could avoid the internal panic that I would feel if I boarded one. So, I totally get Colton.

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wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

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wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

The wave pool was the highlight for the kids. Ryan took them out into the deep end (which terrified me) and they jumped over waves for what seemed like ever. Nolan and I kicked it in the back and just people watched. I have to say, I felt so safe at Wet n’ Wild. There were so many attentive lifeguards that I wasn’t worried one bit about the kids. And take it from me (the worry wart) this was a great feeling. They really did a fantastic job at this water park to put my mommy mind at ease.

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*She’s faking it.

All in all, it was a great experience at this water park Right before we left, Ryan and Kelsey ran off to do one of the “really big slides” as she put it. I think Ryan was more excited than our six-year-old. In fact, if we were to go again I would probably dedicate more time for Ryan to take her around. My little dare-devil couldn’t get enough of this place. Oh, and for those of you wondering, ALL THREE kids passed out in the car before we even left the parking lot. Success!

Thank you to Wet n’ Wild Phoenix for hosting us today. We will be back.

Soaking Up Summer this Labor Day Weekend

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The kids and Ryan are soaking in every last bit of summer. The pool has finally “cooled off” to a mere 90 degrees … which actually makes it feel refreshing in this AZ heat. I dipped my toes in and then had the hardest time getting out of the pool (it’s what happens when you’re past your due date and don’t have any stomach muscles left to help yourself out). Nolan … ahem … where are you?

Monsoon Season

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“Come on, guys”

The one thing we do love about Phoenix summers are the monsoons. If we’re lucky we get storms that roll in unannounced to cool off the desert, change the colors of the sky, blow some dust around, and sprinkle (or downpour) some rain. It’s truly random when these storms roll in and sometimes they can be gone as early as they came.

During a monsoon, the desert dust and giant clouds illuminate the sky. It’s pretty cool thing to see, especially if you’re 20 months old. This was Colton the other night. We were all outside when a storm hit. Colton was very good about pointing out the fact that we all needed to run inside. And yes, his face was covered in food.

The best (summer) day I ever had

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During our week long vacation in Pinetop, Kelsey and I were out shopping at Eddie’s Country store (here). Directly across the street from Eddie’s is a popular steakhouse called, Charlie Clark’s. Someone once told me that Charlie Clark’s offers live music in their orchard and that we should try to go. So, I called them up. I was certain live music was only on offered on the weekends but to my surprise they do live music in the orchard on Wednesdays too. Perfect!

After the kids took their naps we loaded them up and drove down to Charlie Clark’s orchard (it’s right behind their restaurant). We found a small little table and sat down. I already knew this was going to be a fabulous night from the look of the place – old signage, rustic tables and chairs, a dance floor (I mean, come on!), country music, twinkle lights, perfect weather and huge trees all around.

There was this large grass area for the kids to run around in (and any parent knows waiting for your food to arrive is always a gamble so to be able to let your kids run around and play while you talk to your husband … well, that’s a dining out dream). Kelsey brought her baby doll and, together with Colton, they played “keep away” from one another. I got that on video, so I’ll have to share it with you. Seeing them play so well together was music to my ears. The table we were sitting at was off to the side and had a little itty bitty sign on it that said “no bar or food service”. But our waitress clearly saw that we were there to stay and served us anyway – score!

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As the drinks started coming, the sun started to set and the musician started to play. It really was the perfect evening. Kelsey wanted to dance so she grabbed Ryan’s hand and led him to the dance floor. Then we all joined in; which wasn’t as embarrassing as it sounds, it was actually pretty special. When the musician asked the audience what they would like to hear next, Kelsey leaned over to me and said, “Mom, do you think he knows Let it Go.” I couldn’t help but laugh. We decided to ask … so, we put money in his tip jar, walked up to him and asked if he knew anything from the Frozen soundtrack (for the record, he doesn’t).

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Then, Kelsey did something that really took me back. She found all of these green fruits (we’ll call them that because I have no clue what they were) and started collecting them. In a matter of seconds, Colton wanted in on the fun – only he started to eat the green fruits, which started to make her upset … so I needed to come up with a way to keep the peace. I had an idea. Kelsey and I would find a secret, secret hiding spot for our fruit so Colton couldn’t get them.

She thought I was the smartest person ever, so off we went to collect these green things. Then, it hit me. I had this blast from the past moment where I had done this before. Did I do this when I was little? Had I played this exact game before? I can’t remember much but I do remember being at a family reunion with my family, under large green trees, playing keep away with my cousins. The sun was setting, just like this evening was, and we were all running around giggling. That’s about as much as I recall but in this moment that rush and euphoric feeling of being with my family and being a kid came over me.

I looked up and realized that parenting is much more than being in the present. It’s about letting your inner kid come out and allowing yourself to relive the past. In that moment, I remembered my childhood so vividly .. and there I was playing this game of hide and seek and really influencing Kelsey’s childhood in such a positive way. Oh, I hope she remembers this moment forever. Or at the very least, when she is in her thirties and her children are running around laughing, playing, and having fun that it transports her back to a moment like this. A moment where mom was the smartest person in the world, dad was the strongest and her brother was the coolest.

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If that wasn’t enough, the check presenters were mousetraps. I mean … that’s just darn cute. The next time you find yourself in Pinetop, Arizona, check out Charlie Clark’s for live music, dinner, and a really good time.

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The Canyon Suites | Final Days of Summer

We spent the final days (ahem, day) of summer poolside at The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician. We had ourselves a little staycation in celebration of my mom’s 59th birthday.

Kelsey loved the private pool, we loved the view of Camelback Mountain and my mom loved the fact that the cabanas came with their very own shower! Little luxuries were at every turn at this beautiful resort.

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Watching Colton splish and splash, while overhearing Kelsey pretend that she is Ariel and Ryan is “Prince Eric” was the highlight for me.

The Summer Hat: Arizona Summer

It’s about time baby Colton gets pool toys of his own. Something a little less … pink. I promise, kiddo, it’s on mommy’s next shopping list. As for Kelsey, she proved last weekend that she is the master of pouting. She can even pout while she swims. Impressive.

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The Travel Hat: Summer Vacation Deals

Traveling this summer? Starwood just launched new summer vacation deals for SPG members – book your summer vacation and receive 35% off rates plus complimentary breakfast. You have to be a SPG member to enjoy these great savings, but signing up for SPG is free! Check out the promotion here.

summer vacation dealAnd, while you’re traveling snap some photos and tag using hashtag #mysummerstory. You may be featured on the promotional marketing that Starwood is doing this summer!

This summer, we’re taking the family to The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort in Utah. It’s my mother-in-laws 60th birthday so what better place to celebrate? I’m even more excited because Kelsey and Colton are coming along for the ride.

You see the Funicular in the photo below? I think that is going to be Kelsey’s favorite part. That’s how you enter the resort. You park at the base and then ride up to the resort lobby. There is a Concierge there to greet you and gather your bags. Fancy. Fancy.

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I’ll also be in Canada for the first time. Montreal, to be exact. Assuming I can get my passport updated in time (yikes). I have only been married for 5 years and just now realized that I need to update to my new name.

Once I get there, I won’t care about the expense and hassle of a new passport, I’m sure of it. I’m staying at the Sheraton Montreal Hotel. Excuse me, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel.

I’m really looking forward to adding these two great places to my summer story this year. Do you have any travel plans? Do tell!

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Montreal Hotel

Link to book on the promotion noted above found here.

The Parenting Hat: Toddler ‘Tude

Man, toddler attitude is nothing to mess with. At the drop of a hat, they can turn on you. One minute, they are sweet & loving and the next they are acting like an angry teenager. I don’t get it. At least their pouty, dramatic faces make for great photos … and great stories to retell when they’re older.

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Can you tell she was mad at me? Who knows what I did. I probably said ‘hi’ wrong, or didn’t have her water waiting for her when she asked, or didn’t let her brush her own hair. Oh, jeez. 3 year olds are a handful, eh?