Last year mid mental breakdown I ran away to see my dad in Jupiter. Turns out staying at peoples houses with three kids is not a way to destress. So after one night at my dads we booked a hotel on a whim where we would hopefully be able to unwind. I was out of my mind with anxiety that week (literally going crazy) and this little spot was such a diamond among the chaos. My middle child learned how to swim in this pool. The room service was great and it was exactly what we needed. Amazing views. Small town vibe. Great pool and hot tub. Perfect rooms. Affordable (well, during the summer when they are out of season anyway). So we've made it an annual tradition - visiting my dad and staying at Jupiter Waterfront Inn. We came down for fathers day this year and it was perfection even if I am drowning in work now upon my return (seriously SOS). Dad also got a room as did one of my cousins and there were over a dozen of us splashing around and enjoying a little mini vacation. I feel so incredibly fortunate for this time with my babies and my family.
We've all heard the saying "April showers bring May flowers". That was certainly true this year! Except it also could have said "April showers bring May showers". I was starting to believe that we would never see the sun again!
I am lucky to have my kids all born in the summer so I usually have my kids parties at the beach or the park. I don't love playing host / entertaining - so at the beach/ park the entertainment is right there and I can just sit back. Except this year the forecast showed thunder storms on thunderstorms on thunderstorms for my sons birthday. Enter Well Women 360.
I called the owner Lorraine and thankfully she had an opening when we were planning out party so we were able to move indoors. I didn't have to cram everyone into my house last min. and spend the day before deep cleaning preparing for guests. I didn't have to come up with a bunch of party games to keep the kids entertained. We just showed up and let the kids play and have a blast sans crazy wind / thunderstorm threats.
The space was clean and safe for all the babes. We do our parties pot luck style and there was plenty of room for the food across the bar in the eating area. I'm fairly certain you can have them help with the food end of things too- but don't quote me on that. I am so glad this space exists. It's absolutely perfect for a toddler party! Also lets take a moment to admire the most amazing tool cake you ever saw! 100% edible art created by our crazy talented cousin Whitney.
Thank you Well Women 360 for hosting a tool-tastic three year old birthday for my boy!
Why have I let so much time go by since we went camping? Oh how I love it so! I realized this weekend that I don't know how to get my kids to listen to me without yelling. Not yelling for 48 hours while around other families isn't easy LOL, and turns out bottling up all that yelling energy just makes me less patient. I also learned that I can live without technology if I have music. I NEED music playing at all times. Pandora gets more play time in this house then the TV (plus the zillion hours a week in the van) and without the background music I was feeling a little out of sorts. But I kept watching the kids and my heart was so full. Camping with my friends are my favorite memories as a kid. Watching them get lost in their own world and playing 24/7 making memories took me back to when I was a kid and makes me so happy to see them building those same memories. I was nervous about camping in Florida in June and not being near a spring (hello heat + humidity!) but it was actually great and the ocean cooled us off plenty. So much fun and so glad we got to have this experience. Now if someone would just come over and do all the laundry / watch my kids while I attempt to catch up on work that would be perfect!