Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Mom's Weekend Away

I have just returned home from three days away spent in Suncadia at my friend Christina's lovely vacation home with my dear Mom friends.  This trip was significant in so many ways, it was my first time ever away from Sydney overnight, my first trip away with my beloved group of Moms and a much needed chance to relax and recharge my battery!

We left early Friday morning after dropping Sydney at school for the day and drove straight to the Seattle Premium Outlets for a little shopping to start the day off.  I have had a lot of pent up shopping energy for the outlets in the past few years so I hit them hard coming away with a bag stuffed with goodies from Coach, a Kate Spade handbag, Le Crueset dutch oven, Michael Kors clothes and various other goodies.  I literally could hardly carry all of my bags back to the car!

From there we headed to Bellevue Square for a quick peek then on to Issaquah to Trader Joe's and Target.

Our car was packed to the gills with our purchases, it was awesome!

We arrived at Suncadia around dinner time and settled in while Christina made us a gorgeous dinner of risotto and salad which we enjoyed with a few bottles of wine.

We sat up late that night chatting and setting up a beautiful fifteen foot Christmas tree in Christina's front living room.

It was so strange waking up the next morning to a perfectly quiet house.  We lounged around in our pajamas until well after noon after enjoying the most delicious homemade pizza that Sally made.  We then headed to the Glade Springs Spa for a delightful afternoon of massages, salt water soaks and relaxing in their sanctuary.  It was pure bliss!

We literally floated out of the spa to arrive back home to meet our friend Erin who was only able to join us for one night away.

We munched on appies and drank some wine and enjoyed a visit before heading to the Stillwater Creek Winery for an amazing dinner together.

Sunday brought us an early morning soak in the hot tub before we packed our bags up and drove back to the city.  I felt like a new woman!  What a difference a short break can make!

It was such a joy to return home to Paul and Syd.  They did very well on their own, Sydney was a very good girl for Daddy and he managed to keep her busy enough to keep her mind off the fact that Mommy wasn't around.

I brought Sydney a very special present from the Disney outlet store, a 'Brave' doll and nightie.  She was over the moon!

Today we enjoyed a very special Christmas luncheon hosted by Sarah and Emma along with our friends Mel and Logan and Louise and Sophie.

Sarah had her house decorated so beautifully and even had Christmas crackers out for each of us.  It was so lovely!

We enjoyed a fantastic visit together and the kids did a little gift exchange.  Syd got a pair of sparkly slippers from Emma and a beautiful beaded bracelet from Sophie.

It has been a lovely few days of connecting with my friends in a warm and festive way.

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