I honestly don't know how to top this Thanksgiving.
It was that nuts.
Friendsgiving 8 on Sunday which doesn't have anything to do with us except that by default of the culdesac we get to act like we have some part in it other than drinking and eating.
No kitchen this year meant we were getting the Hell out of Dodge - booking a house with Brett, Ana, Hugo, and Camilla down to Las Gaviotas for four nights.
And then the Spa Director for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess emailed, letting me know she comped me a room and had the family down for the VIP opening of Christmas at the Princess.
It almost didn't happen; I almost cancelled on the Fairmont...and then when we were at the Fairmont we almost cancelled on Mexico..but we didn't and in a weird short of crazed rush we did it all.
The Fairmont Scottsdale is gorgeous; the rooms, the spa, the restaurants, and the kids club which I was jealous over. Oversized chess boards next to jacuzzis and stuffing faces on grilled cheeses and lemonades.
But the Christmas event - was incredible.
A carving station buffet in a ballroom decked in Winter White with two foot tall nutcrackers as centerpieces and a jazz band crooning out classic Christmas. Lines of tables with oversized Christmas cookies - Snowmen, Reindeers, and Christmas Trees perfectly iced in between fudge brownies topped with red and green sprinkles.
We watched a Christmas Tree lighting, walked the lagoon that was decorated with over 1 million lights, rode a ferris wheel, took pictures with a Yeti, met Santa in his secret workshop, wrote and mailed a letter in his official mailroom, ice skated on an open air rink, built a Pikachu at the Build-A-Bear pop up shop (with two hearts for strength and Cotton Candy scent) and cozied up in Smore'sland around a personal firepit and an arsenal of graham crackers, marshmallows, and milk chocolate.
It was only a night - we flew home the next morning just to drive to the Boarder; but it was like we got this huge helping of the Holidays before Thanksgiving had even begun...it feels like I got extra time this season. A head start.
And just like that, by 4:30pm we were in Mexico, getting on our suits and heading down to the beach with tequilas in hand. We woke up early and watched the ocean, played on the beach, discovered that Connect 4 is Captain's new game obsession, was lazy in the house with long breakfasts and early afternoon cocktails, shopped Puerto Nuevo, and had lunch at one of the most beautiful restaurants in Rosarito - El Nido. Gorgeous. Do yourself a favor and go.
Nine days of family went by too fast. I'm not ready for the routine to come back just yet.
I'll go put on a fire and open some wine...and linger in it just a while longer - in between laundry