One For The Rhode joins a New England family between states as they document events , happenings and the humor that accompanies life.

It’s a very SoCal Christmas

Word on the internet has it that New England experienced some nice California Christmas weather this year. Our friends back East were posting photos from the beach and temperature update in the 60s. We spent our 7th California Christmas doing the usual – turning on the gas fireplace for ambiance, opening presents and gathering with good friends for equally good food – also enjoying weather in the 60s.

This year’s Christmas was a little smaller than usual because we are budgeting for an exciting change (more on that in the coming months). Because of the budget and the fact that our charming daughter only wanted Santa to “Make it rain” we went the route of experiences rather than materials. We got Lex a few gifts that she could unwrap – books, crafts, card games, GoldieBlox sets – but her two big presents this year were memory makers – tickets to Chill on the Queen Mary and Mamma Mia playing at the Pantages next month.

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Chill on the Queen Mary is how Californians experience cold. We pay to tour indoor ice sculptures telling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and tube down hills made of ice. Then we walk back into the sunshine to ice skate on a manmade frozen pond in the shadow of an historic cruise ship. After that we get back in our cars, turn on the AC and talk about how cold it was for five minutes in the Ice Kingdom. A true winter wonderland

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The frigid Ice Kingdom

I hope everyone had a Christmas as delightful as ours!

Palm Springs Labor Day Extravaganza

OK, so maybe “Extravaganza” isn’t the best word to describe our weekend in Palm Springs, but it has more punch to it than “Relaxation by the Pool.”

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One of my favorite things about living in Southern California (besides the undeniably AWESOME year-round weather) is that there are so many things to see and places to stay within driving distance. Matt was in Rhode Island for Labor Day weekend this year and I decided very last minute that it was a perfect opportunity for a girls’ getaway with my two favorite females, Lexi and Sunny!

If you’re not using Hotel Tonight, you should be. It’s a great app that offers deeply discounted hotel rooms at the last minute. I booked our stay through Hotel Tonight on Thursday for Friday and Saturday at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells and got a killer deal!

 

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I picked Lexi up from daycare earlier than usual and surprised her with the trip – pup and bags  already packed and loaded.  We hit the road as soon as her excitement died down.

Because it was a holiday weekend traffic was worse than usual – it took us three hours to get from our apartment in Orange County to Miramonte, but who could be mad about traffic with this face looking at you the whole time?

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Hotel staff was great at check in, and as soon as we settled in our room, someone arrived with treats, bowls and a doggie bed for the pup. The doggie bed was meant more for a chihuahua than a lab, but she made the best of it.

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The Miramonte Resort is known for its beautiful mountain view from the pool and it did not disappoint! After a quick trip to the local dog park, we settled into poolside chairs and spent the day lounging. The pool was stocked with beach balls and lots of kids, which is nice for a mom who would rather lay in the shade then play endless games of Marco Polo (guilty as charged).

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That night we ate outside at the hotel restaurant. Lexi broke a glass and had to drink out of a sippy cup. She was not impressed, but being the good mom that I am I took plenty of pictures. Just building character.

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After an al fresco dinner and quick nighttime swim, we hit the hay- she was exhausted from all the swimming and floating and diving and I was exhausted from watching it all. A quick stop at the Cabazon Outlets concluded or getaway. Because what girls’ weekend is complete without a little shopping?

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