Lucky for us, my parents get invited to stay at a few amazing hotels for free! Like any good daughter, I take full advantage of it. Haha.
The Venetian Hotel and Casino is one of my favorite hotels, especially since I spend part of my unplanned wedding day there almost 10 years ago...
I love the pool areas. It isn't annoyingly overcrowded. It has a few nice grassy areas with lounge chairs that you can just lay out it. Most importantly, it's very clean. There are a few other grotto like pools on the property however, I prefer the main pool area because my youngest is 5 and the main pool area has a great pool for the little ones.
Their "Home Alone" pose!
A year or two after my daughter was born, on Mother's Day, a few of our friends and family got a big surprise on their front doorstep. On the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser was a photo of me holding my baby girl. First, it was a big surprise because I had moved away a year or two before my daughter was born. Second, it wasn't just on the page but also on the color cover of the Mother's Day Special insert. It was a nice surprise especially for my own mother.
(I have a history of not telling anyone when I or my family will be in publications, ads, or any media... I like having the surprised sound when they call me up to tell me when I or my family pop up in somthing they saw.)
Since then, that photo and others have popped up not only in Hawaii but in dfferent spots around the USA in calendars, real estate ads, special family events displays/ads, including the backs of a number of San Francisco city buses.
However, this was the first:
It's my baby girl and I. She and her baby brother still make me smile, even when they make a mess or destroy things. I always used to say I would never have kids. Now, I can't imagine the person I would be without them.
I love my little monsters.
I'm a fan of the American Pickers and as a road trip joke my husband likes to look over at his passenger's seat at me and say, "I'm cruising the backroads of America with my buddy Frank." I have no beard, however, I am quite a charmer, who loves to negotiate, bundle, and maybe throw in a little nibble. (Only Picker fans will get that. Lol.)
On our way to celebrate our kids birthdays in Southern California we did take a little detour from our usual route to visit The Bottle Tree Ranch. Why not? Roadtrips are meant to have unplanned stops. Nowadays, people seemed so rushed to do things, capture it digitally, share it, and then people move on to rush to the next thing. I want my kids to enjoy moments, even little kooky ones.
This was only a quick stop, but it was different.
However, it is a little inspirational. As we left and after our kids fell back asleep, we could not stop talking about ideas we had for our own roadtrip stop that we would create. Most were throw away ideas about giant adult sculptures, but hey, it was an interested conversation.
The Bottle Tree Ranch is free to visit and take photos. Tips are appreciated.