Hey guys! How was your week? It was spring break for our family so my husband led the charge for a fun old fashioned family ski trip in Colorado. We could only sneak away for a few days, but in ski time that’s pleeeennty of time for me. I grew up in the snow, but not really on skis. I can vaguely remember going skiing in West Virginia as a kid once or twice, but certainly not enough times to be able to hop on skis without fearing for my life on a blue. So, we put the girls in ski school and the hubs took me out on a few runs the first day. There were highs, like riding the gondola and having beers at lunch! And then the lows, like me sitting in the middle of a blue run, skiers flying by on all sides, totally paralyzed as to how I would get down the mountain in one piece. If you’re wondering where I’m going with this story, I think I have a plan to circle back to it later in this blog post. Ha!
After three consecutive family trips that have involved some pretty unfortunate bouts of illness—fever virus, stomach bug, strep, and the flu to name just a few (yikes!), it’s been quite the reality check on managing expectations. Admittedly, I build up family vacations to unattainable happiness heights. And let me tell you (and if you have children you don’t really need to be told) that no family trip with little kids goes off without a hitch. Don’t let Instagram fool you, you’re only seeing the perfect side of things for the most part. When we schlepped the fam to Colorado last summer, all three kids were sick the ENTIRE trip. Every day we woke up saying “tomorrow will be better.” And they just didn’t get better until we were off the plane in Houston. I’m sure I probably found something positive to post. Oh yes, I remember now. I posted a photo of Jack in his stroller (with a 102.5 fever) with the mountains in the background. On point! What you didn’t see was the doctor’s office across the street that we were about to roll Jack into!
Anyway, what I’ve learned during our recent string of bad luck (or maybe this is just par for the course with three kids under 5 and lots of little germs), is that no trip will be without it’s ups and downs. I mean, life at home isn’t without highs and lows so why would staying in a hotel with pretty mountain scenery and skiing nearby guarantee perfection?! I guess what I’m saying is that I lied when I told my husband at 2 am after cleaning up throw up for 5 hours straight that “I’m done! This is the last trip for our crew. EVER.” Lordy, the drama, you’ve been there before, right?! Please say yes or at least don’t judge the altitude induced (ha!) melt down. The truth is I’ll continue planning fun experiences for our kids each year, but knowing going in that there’s a high probability at some point during the trip one of us will end up stuck in the middle of the blue ski run with only 1 pole. Not to worry, I’m sure there’s a cool filter for that….
For now, here’s a dress sale from one of my favorite kid’s clothing lines! I love this adorable dress for the girls because it’s easy to wear year round. Navy and white are so classic and it’s dressy enough for church but machine washable and easy to play in! Hope you’re enjoying this last weekend day with lots of rest and play!
Houston is a happy place to be this weekend after an epic World Series win for our Astros. It feels fitting that this mood fill the city as we enter the holiday season. Today, I bring you five happy things to indulge in all the joy you can over the weekend.
Prior to NYFW I ran by Tootsies on a mission to find a statement piece for my trip. This has become a litte NYFW tradition for me–finding that one piece that’s special, and it’s typically a dress. But this time around I fell in love with a tweed jacket. A subtle statement piece that feels a little rocker (button detail!) but still classic (black and white and structured). I’m confident I’ll wear this gem season after season.
I love this jacket because I can wear it on it’s own as a top or paired with a simple white blouse or tee or even this cami ( ON SALE) underneath. For a dressier occasion, I’d pair with this pencil skirt.
Ever since the new Marriott Marquis opened last year in Downtown, we have been wanting to find a reason to check it out. I mean, there’s a lazy river in the shape of Texas! What’s not intriguing about that? This month we finally were able to say “bye-bye!” to the kids so Mom and Dad can go enjoy a staycation at the Marriott!
But, if you’re itching to get out, you don’t have to walk far. Minute Maid Park is two blocks away and we spent one of our evenings watching baseball and fireworks. First time in a long time that we showed up to a game early and stayed until it was long over. Saturday was spent by the pool and lazy river with the Frose Rose cocktails continuously flowing. A storm hit and closed the pool for a little while but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the bar scene down at Biggio’s in the hotel lobby.
There really is something going on at all times so it’s impossible to get bored. The staff is very accommodating and kind. And with the Marriott app, check-in and check-out is easy. You can even request services (like extra towels) right from your phone!
Really, you don’t need a REASON for a staycation here. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, girls weekend, or just because – I’m already finding a way to get back!
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Marriot Marquis Houston. Thanks so much for supporting the brand and businesses that make L. Avenue possible!
The weekend! So glad you’re here. My plan consists of Thai take-out tonight, a cocktail tasting tomorrow and a massage Sunday morning. I’ve been holding onto a couple gift certificates, and I’m very ready to cash in on some relaxation. Enjoy these reads!
This helped me figure out what to wear to my first fall wedding next weekend in Wyoming.
Hi! Long time no talk. As of just this week, there is somewhat of a sense of normalcy in the city LZ and I call home. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least, so I thought some regular Friday Five programming could be a nice distraction to all the readers who have been reeling from the recent devastations.
Roasted vegetables can be perfected by simply switching your pan’s placement in the oven.
#weloveourcuteheads because the dresses are the prettiest, twirliest ones in town! If you follow Esther, founder of Cuteheads, you may have seen that her house flooded due to Hurricane Harvey. This devastating incident didn’t stop her from immediately stepping up to gather essential items to donate to those in need. She’s amazing. We want to show Esther how much we love her + have put together a giveaway for multiple $75 @cuteheadskids gift cards for families who were impacted by the flooding. Enter for yourself or a friend at the link in my profile [just add email to enter!]. The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, September 14. Thank you for supporting my dear friend + one of my favorite companies. Please share your favorite @cuteheadskids photos on Instagram using the caption #weloveourcuteheads to spread the word about the giveaway!