Staycation HEAVENand GIVEAWAY!!!








I like to think of myself as an expert when it comes to Arizona Resorts…I live for going to resorts…like I would live in a resort if my husband would let us.  Does that make me weird?  It’s partly the atmosphere and partly the kids are always entertained so I won’t hear…”I am bored!”  Oh and I love that I don’t have to cook, do dishes, or clean…LOL!!! I thought I knew all of the great resorts locally in Arizona, until we visited the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess! It literally has something for everyone in the family.

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The kids and I escaped from the house this weekend and headed a few miles North West to Tempe…all thanks to Tempe Tourism!!  Tempe just happens to be home to Arizona State University, amazing hotels and resorts (summer time fun for us!) restaurants, great shopping, and really awesome activities for kids of all ages, like the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, and the IMAX Theatre...just to name a few!

We stayed at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes.  Honestly it was hard to get the kids to leave the resort because it was so fun and there were a ton of kids there.

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So I guess I will start from the beginning.  It started one night last February about 7:00, during the usual ritual of after-dinner-but-before-bedtime boredom. Well, Mila was telling Kaitlin one of her stories–they had been coming straight out of her imagination for a few months by then–when Kaitlin picked up her iphone and just started filming. Moments later, after a little work on iMovie she then showed it to Charley and me.  Our first reaction was…laughing.  laughing out loud and hard.  Then, it was, really? This is our kid, out two year old.  Then I thought to myself…I need to put this on Instagram.  I had actually wanted to start filming more movies anyway because  I love them and I had gotten some really good advice from a friend (story for another time).  I was kind of nervous to put it on my Instagram, not because of the reaction I thought it would get (hadn’t even thought about that yet..LOL) but because I thought it would make my feed ugly…bahahaha, I know some of you feel me!!  But I did it anyway.  And well it was a hit and people seemed to like it.  I shared it to my Facebook page as well…and that is where it all went sort of crazy.

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I think the number one question I get asked is, How do you do it, how do you have five kids and work a full-time job?   I usually joke and say well I work and they go to daycare, so it’s pretty easy.  But that is just to make people laugh.  Most of the time I don’t really know how I do it.  A lot of stuff slides I’m sure; but, there’s only one of ME, after all! And, I’ve just learned to live with the realization that, yes, the kids are going to miss out on a few things–more interaction with their mother (while they’re still young enough to enjoy my company, anyway) because I’m not home, but I’m OK with it because, as the cliche goes, “you gotta do what you gotta do.” And they are all alive and pretty happy so I would say we are doing okay.  

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ns-serif;”>A few photos posted to Instagram doesn’t cut it for the Easter weekend we spent at The JW Marriott Desert Ridge…the fun was literally nonstop…especially for the big kids.

Of course there are the pools…where I happen to spend most of my time with the twins. They pretty much hang out on the first two steps of the shallow pool but really that fine by me. I mean I’m not exactly bikini ready!!!! When they weren’t swimming they were begging to go in the hot tub (I know I know…toddlers shouldn’t be in hot tubs…but don’t worry, I have Kaitlin to remind me of all things I should know as a parent) However I was able to make nap time stilll happen everyday all by myself. (It took lies but it happened).  This was the first year we allowed the big kids to stay at the pool while I took the girls up to nap. I asked for a pool view and was able to see them the whole time so that was awesome.  Side note…they are all excellent swimmers.

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