If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you know that I wanted to be spoiled for Mother’s Day. It may sound self-righteous and bratty to you, but I’m just being honest. The week leading up to Mother’s Day was emotional and weird. On one hand, I’m incredibly thankful to be a mom of a gorgeous, amazing little girl. But on the other hand, I suffered a lot of loss and had to work really hard to become a mom. For many years I would dread Mother’s Day, especially church services where moms were honored, so the holiday just stirs up a lot of emotions for me.
Anyways, we started off the weekend like normal- with a soccer game. And Aspen played great!
We had just gotten cleaned up after lunch when Aspen had a brilliant idea, “I want to go to a hotel and swim.” I’m always up for a hotel stay so it was a no-brainer for me, but luckily Brad agreed The Hilton Anatole was big, beautiful and had a fun vacation-y feel to it. You know how Aspen can’t resist water, she had to dip her hands in the reflecting pool in the lobby.
We wasted no time getting to the pool after we got our room. Aspen immediately jumped in and started playing with another little girl. I was sitting on the edge of the pool, just thinking about how perfect everything was, when I noticed that Aspen was broken out in hives. Red, raised hives from head to toe! Fortunately, we were very close to Children’s Medical and rushed over to it. Short version- she was fine, but definitely allergic to something in the hotel or the pool. Here she is at the hospital waiting to be discharged.
We got her a cheeseburger on our way back to the hotel and she ate it in her very own room. Yes folks, we got a hook up! We’ve always heard stories of people getting upgrades at hotels but it’s never happened to us, so we were beyond excited.
It was late and Aspen was pooped, but we decided to risk going downstairs to a restaurant so that Brad and I could have a nice dinner. It was worth it because Aspen fell asleep and we were able to enjoy a quiet meal.
After dinner, we put Aspen to bed and rented a movie. The hotel package we purchased included a snack pack, so we called for it and were pleasantly surprised when it came.
Our room had a nice view of downtown and we were greeted in the morning by a beautiful sunrise.
It worked out perfectly that we got the sunrise and Aspen’s room was as dark as a cave. She slept late which gave us a quiet, relaxing morning to drink coffee in bed and watch Friends. It was awesome. We headed back to the pool for a second chance at swimming….
….but it was cut short with Aspen starting to break out again. We were so sad, but knew we needed to leave and get her out of the environment that wasn’t agreeing with her body.
My sister, Libby, hosted a family cookout at her new house and we had a great time. Emily has more pictures from the day on her blog. Here is my nephew, Carter, playing and singing for my Grandmother.
It was a great weekend, despite the scary trip to the Emergency Room, and I absolutely got the pampering I had wished for.