In an effort to get away from the birthday celebrations I’ve done in the past with tons of planning and crafting (check out this post and this post and this post and this post about my birthday crafting) and kids everywhere and STRESS, I decided we should start a tradition where we just do a family trip somewhere for everyone’s birthday (and of course have some cake and presents too).
So this year, we went to Okuma (a military owned resort up north) for E’s 6th birthday and rented out a cabin for the night and invited her bestie and family for a sleepover. It was a rousing success and although on her ACTUAL birthday there were a few forced tears because she didn’t get a huge birthday party with everyone from school invited…I think she REALLY enjoyed herself. She told me later that the campfire and s’mores were her favorite thing ever!
I know I really enjoyed myself for the first time at a kid birthday EVER!
And really, Okuma is the BEST place for a family staycation (only when it’s sunny though. If it rains while you’re there, its not nearly as fun)! And I HIGHLY recommend shelling out the extra money for the Turtle’s Nest cabins because they are so much fun. We have stayed in the hotel side of the resort and were not very impressed. Our next adventure will be tent camping there!!
After dinner and dessert, we annexed the kids to the loft with a movie and spent a blessed quiet hour sitting around the campfire, sharing stories of when we were young. It was lovely.
In the morning, we ate breakfast at the restaurant (FYI the Turtle’s Nest cabins do not have real kitchens…but you could bring your own griddle if you want to cook breakfast there…but that’s too much work and the restaurant has some pretty decent food and Starbucks coffee). We then took a hike to the lookout and played on the beach.
And then we played mini golf!
And then around noon, we left and went home. Which was kinda sad because I really wanted to stay. Next time, I’ll book the cabin for two nights!
Happy Birthday, E!! This year’s party was SOOOO much easier on your mom! Thanks!