Royal Wedding

Please tell me that you watched the Royal Wedding last weekend. You know I did! I thought the wedding was beautiful and that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looked deliriously happy.

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That day, I also had the pleasure of attending a reception in honor of the royal couple at the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

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Thanks to my BFF, I was able to partake in the festivities and bring along two friends from work. Together, our foursome had a great time.

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The reception was delightful in every way – from the music to the decor to the food.

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The Brits sure do know how to host a good party, complete with a fun photo booth.

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Even though the grounds were soggy from a week’s worth of rain, we still enjoyed exploring them and taking in their great beauty.

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We also enjoyed hamming it up with other guests, including several notable political folks. Well, it IS DC.

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One of the best parts of the experience was getting ready for the event. We used a company called Glam Squad (they have an app) and they sent stylists to our hotel to handle our hair and makeup.

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The ladies were professional, personable, and responsive to our needs. I’d highly recommend them and will probably use them again (should the need arise while I am in DC).

After the reception, we spent some time at my favorite DC bar — Off the Record at the Hay Adams. Good times were had by all…especially me.

Since a couple of folks have seen my pictures on Facebook and/or Instagram and asked, here are the details about what I wore:

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A Weekend at Home

Life has been crazy. Between work, family life, and working on our housing situation, there have been few opportunities for “free time.” So, when we had a weekend on the calendar with few commitments and no work travel, we almost couldn’t believe it. But we enjoyed it just the same.

We spent Friday night at home eating Pink’s pizza, watching television, and playing. George even invited me to sleep in his room for a slumber party. How could I say no? Sadly, he was asleep early so sleeping was the main event of our slumber party. Lame!

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We were up early Saturday morning to participate in the Easter Seals walk at the Houston Zoo.

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John’s firm sponsored the event, so we walked as part of the firm team. We got there early and had a breakfast picnic complete with doughnuts and a view of the water.

We had a great, inspiring time participating in the walk and seeing the animals.

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Afterwards, we spent some time lounging around, and organizing, the apartment. We had a casual Chick-Fil-A lunch, a long afternoon nap, playtime at the park and dinner at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant (Los Tios) to round out the day.

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After George went to bed, I indulged in a guilty pleasure and watched the White House Correspondents Dinner.

On Sunday, we all slept a little late. Even so, I made it to my favorite hot yoga class. It was amazing. We went to 11:00am mass and had a great lunch at Taverna.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon napping, playing, lounging, and doing laundry. For dinner, we kept it very simple and had leftovers. I plan to watch a bit more of the Law and Order “Before They Were Stars” marathon tonight because…I can’t stop myself.

We had a relaxing, casual weekend at home and it was glorious. I love my family and I am so grateful to spend quality time with them.

I hope you had a good weekend too!

Easter 2018

Months ago we decided to spend the Easter holiday with the Arnolds in Phoenix. But boy did Easter sneak up on us this year. Between moving, working, and planning for the new house, our lives have been completely chaotic. So, in anti-Arnold fashion, we only packed for the trip the night before.

Good Friday
5:00 AM – My alarm went off at 5:00AM and I quickly made my way to the apartment gym for a quick workout.
6:05 AM – When I returned, John was up finalizing his packing. While I got dressed, John got dressed and woke up George.
7:05 AM -We departed our place bound for IAH.
7:45 AM – We arrived at the airport and parked in the SurePark section of the garage. Because we only had carry-on luggage, we breezed through security in 5 minutes.
8:00 AM – We settled into the United Club where George had a breakfast feast.

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9:00 AM – Before long, it was time to board our flight to Phoenix. George got settled in with his blanket and iPad.
9:40 AM – We had an on-time departure. Shortly thereafter, a light breakfast was served.

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10:15 AM – We spent the rest of the flight relaxing and watching movies.
10:00 AM (Time Change) – We landed on time, rented a car, and stopped by a local grocery store to buy a few items for the weekend.
11:00AM – When we arrived at the Arnold’s house, we dug into a very nice lunch spread that my MIL prepared. Afterwards, George and I settled in for a two-hour nap.
3:30PM – Once we were up, we spent some time visiting and playing before I began prepping dinner.
6:00 PM – We had an alfresco dinner and it was glorious. A cheese and fruit plate was on the menu for appetizers, and tuna noodle casserole and a fresh salad were on the menu as entrees. For dessert, my MIL prepared a bunny cake.

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8:00 PM – We got George ready for bed and it was pretty much lights out for him and me. John stayed up to visit with his family.

Holy Saturday
6:00 AM – We slept later than I thought we would – especially given the time change. My MIL prepared a nice breakfast and we had a leisurely morning.
9:00 AM – We ended up meeting one of John’s cousins and her family at the Phoenix Zoo. One of the highlights was the camel ride that John and George took.

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11:30 AM – After we had our fill of heat and animals, we made our way to Si Senor for a New-Mexican style lunch. We were so proud of George – he devoured the spicy chips and salsas.

SS lunchFor my entrée, I had the tamale plate. It was delicious.

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1:30 PM – George and I took another glorious afternoon nap.
4:00 PM – Once we were awake, it was time for more visiting and playing outside.
6:00 PM — For dinner, my MIL grilled steaks and served a smorgasbord of sides. Everything was so good!
8:30 PM – After a day of sun and fun, all of us crashed hard.

Easter Sunday
6:30 AM – We slept a little later that morning and George was excited that the Easter bunny found him in Arizona. He meticulously unpacked his basket.

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7:30 AM – While the Arnolds ate breakfast, I went out for a 4 mile run – it was glorious. Peaceful, relaxing, and just what I needed.
9:00 AM – After everyone was dressed, we had a nice Easter egg hunt for the kids.

huntGeorge cleaned up with his haul.

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10:00 AM – Later, we posed for a few family photos before leaving for Easter mass.

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12:30 PM – Once we got home, we sat down for a fabulous Easter lunch – complete with ham, baked mashed potatoes, green beans and salad.

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We also an amazing chocolate and red velvet cake. My MIL always really out does herself. I mean, look at this pretty table-scape.

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2:00 PM – Before long, it was time to head to the airport. We returned our car and easily made it through security.
3:30 PM – We boarded our flight and took off on time. Once the flight was underway, snacks were served, but George preferred the Lunchable I brought for him.

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7:15 PM (Time Change) – We landed on time, but were exhausted once we got home.

We are thankful for our quick Easter trip to Arizona. It was great to see family, relax, and to celebrate the holiday together.

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Hotel Review – St. Regis Deer Valley

During our spring break vacation, we stayed at the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley.

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The St. Regis Deer Valley is a luxury ski-in/ski-out hotel with 177 guest rooms and suites. This was our second visit to the hotel, and we all hope it won’t be the last.

Location – The hotel is situated about an hour away from the SLC airport in the Wasatch Mountains near Park City, Utah. Most of the rooms have great views of the mountains.

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Customer Service – The service at the hotel is beyond exceptional. This hotel offers high-end hospitality – more than you can imagine, and more than we could take advantage of during our stay.  The hotel gets high-marks from us for communicating with us before our arrival and throughout our stay.  The hotel is incredibly family friendly and went above and beyond to make sure that George felt welcome. They even gifted him with this stuffed bear upon our arrival.

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Every time we encountered staff they made sure to acknowledge us by our names. To boot, every restaurant on property has a kid’s menu for every meal service.

Accommodations – We were upgraded to an Astor Suite during our stay.

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Our bedroom had a very comfortable king bed and a small couch.  The room was big enough to accommodate a roll-away bed that we used for George.

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Our living area included an oversized sleeper couch, fireplace, balcony, a dining area, refrigerator, cook top, bar area, and microwave.

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The over-sized master bathroom had an over-sized shower and generous bathtub, water closet, and double vanities.

There was also ample closet space for our luggage and carry-on bags.

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Amenities – The hotel offers far more amenities than we used during our stay. The hotel features many lounging areas, shops for souvenirs and high-end luxury items, both casual and high-end restaurants, a large heated pool and hot tub, a bar, a fitness center, a spa, valet ski services, a funicular to the Deer Valley Ski Lodge area, a kid’s club and lots, lots more. The hotel also has a really gorgeous main building and lobby.

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Member Recognition – The hotel is a part of the SPG family and we are current, and lifetime, platinum members.  As an extra amenity, we were offered complimentary breakfast for two each day – nice!

We really enjoyed our hotel experience and would love to return to it sometime in the very near future.

 

Spring Break – March 14th

It was rough, but I woke up early on our last day of vacation to get in a workout before our departure.

…and I’m so glad I did. It felt great to get back into my normal routine.

I left the hotel gym and met George and John at J&G Grill for breakfast.

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George is very excited about putting salt and pepper on his food these days – it’s so cute!

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After breakfast, we lazily spent time getting ready for the day and packing for the trip home.

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Once we checked out of the hotel, we made the hour drive to the SLC airport. We made a small detour to get gas for the rental car and to pick up a Lunchable for G (it’s a treat for him to eat one on the plane ride).

After we returned our car, we easily checked our bags and sailed through airport security.

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We picked up some sandwiches for a late lunch because we knew the offerings on board wouldn’t be good choices for us.

Our flight home was very easy and uneventful. George watched a movie and John and I worked on the ride back to Houston.

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We landed just in time to face rush hour and rodeo traffic, but we were glad to be home!

Spring Break – March 13th

We officially kicked off the morning with breakfast in the hotel. After our work was complete (John and I had staggered work conference calls in the morning), we dropped George off at ski school, then John and I went on a ski date.

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Bless John because he is a much better skier than me. He could have been sailing down the toughest runs, but instead he skied conservatively by my side.

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We had lunch at the ski lodge, then spent the rest of the afternoon skiing together.

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We picked up George from school later in the afternoon and poor G  was ravenous after a day of ski lessons.

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We ordered a snack to the room and he devoured it while we all took turns getting ready for dinner.

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For our last dinner of the trip, we went back to the J & G Grill. I kicked things off with a delicious Bloody Mary.

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For dinner, I had steak with broccolini, mashed potatoes, and macaroni.

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Everything we ordered was excellent.

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For dessert we had…S’mores!

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We also had a very bubbly bath-time!

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Spring Break – March 12th

We had another great night of sleep in our dark cave. It was glorious. 

We also had another satisfying breakfast at J&G Grill that morning. George was thrilled to get hot cocoa before his entrée arrived.

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I had berries and rye toast for breakfast and it totally hit the spot.

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We spent a little lazy time in the room before taking G skiing that morning.

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John gave G some lessons and it was fun to see G skiing up close and personal.

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For a late lunch we kept things easy and we went back to the J&G Grill for hamburgers.
Afterwards, George and I enjoyed a long nap.

Later, we drove down to Park City to do some exploring and shopping.

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We also enjoyed seeing some art.

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For dinner, we walked over to Grappa on Main Street for Italian food.

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I had delicious mushroom soup for an appetizer and had spaghetti and meatballs for my entrée.

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George had a cheese pizza and also enjoyed his first Shirley Temple ever. He was tickled.

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For dessert, we went back to the hotel and made s’mores. Since George is a little obsessed with s’mores these days, there really wasn’t a better alternative for dessert. So, I guess it all worked out in the end.