A few months back when I asked my daughter what she wanted to do to celebrate her 9th birthday, what she wanted most was not a friend birthday party or tons of presents. What she wanted was to go away for a night at a hotel with me.
Just she and I.
So that's exactly what we did last Friday night. I dropped off my younger 3 kids to my husband at work a bit earlier than he'd typically leave and we were off for our special mother-daughter getaway. We stayed in town because we didn't need elaborate scenery, just a pretty room, a fun pool, and time together which we could find in our own city without a long drive. We had dinner by the pool, swam until after bedtime, played a new card game back in our hotel room, cuddled up to read a little Anne of Green Gables, and slept in the following morning with no loud siblings waking her up, we had a nice breakfast in the hotel restaurant, and then hit the pool for more swimming before checking out and heading home. I even went down the pool's waterslide with her multiple times!
It was pretty perfect, certainly memories I'll treasure! And as a bonus, the whole thing was cheaper than most friend birthday parties would have been!!
She was pretty pleased with our fancy breakfast at the hotel:
Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl! What a blessing it is to have you as a daughter!