Back when Ethan was 10, I planned a special weekend for the two of us. We stayed in a fancy hotel, ate out at restaurants, used the hotel pool, spa and sauna, watched rugby on the TV on our room and just had a wonderful time together. You can read about it here.
Tyler is going to be 12 in September, and we still hadn’t done our special “Mum & Son Weekend” … until last weekend! I finally found a good weekend, booked it in … and then we both got sick (Tyler more so than me). The night before we were due to leave, he was feeling really miserable. He was sad because he thought he wouldn’t have a good time, and I was sad because he was sad! But we prayed for him, and the next day he woke up feeling much better.
We had a really wonderful time together. Instead of staying in Auckland City, as Ethan and I had done, we stayed at The Spencer on Byron in Takapuna (slightly closer to home). I wanted to avoid the CBD as they are doing a lot of construction work at the moment. Takapuna is a great place, with plenty of shops and restaurants and a lovely beach, and I made sure the hotel had a pool and spa!
The whole idea of this weekend was to have special one-on-one time with my boy, and he got to choose everything we did. I did suggest a few things to do before we checked into our hotel though, including a ferry trip from Devonport to Auckland. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride, and we were able to have lunch in the city before getting the ferry back to the other side.
We stopped outside the ferry terminal to take photos of two clydesdale horses who were pulling a cart. The guy asked if we wanted to take a tour, and Tyler decided we would. It was a great experience! We got to ride all around Devonport and see things from a different perspective. We both really enjoyed it. After the horse and cart ride, it was finally time to check in to our hotel. The first thing Tyler wanted to do was hit the pool! It was outside, but heated. The spa was lovely and I spent most of my time in there.
We spent the rest of our day exploring, taking photos, eating yummy food and watching rugby (Chiefs vs Hurricanes) on the TV on our hotel room. We don’t have SKY at home, so it was great to be able to watch the game live. As part of our booking, we received a free pizza which we had AFTER dinner … needless to say, we only ate half of it and left the rest in the fridge!
On Sunday morning we indulged ourselves with the buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant (only affordable because we had a $25 voucher to spend there). Tyler was in heaven! I don’t think he had ever had a buffet breakfast before, but he loved it and ate my money’s worth of food! Unfortunately Sunday was a bit wet and wild, so we couldn’t do any outdoor activities. We decided to check out a bit earlier than we had originally planned and catch a movie – Kung Fu Panda 3 – followed by the BEST hot chocolates ever at Paper Moon. It was such a nice way to end our special weekend.
I know Tyler really enjoyed himself, especially as he had been looking forward to ‘his turn’ for such a long time! 3 years since Ethan’s one! It was lovely for me to spend so much time with him on his own, and it made me realise once again what an awesome person he is. He’s so much fun to hang out with. We had so many laughs and great conversations.
I’m so pleased I made time for these special weekend getaways with each of my boys. I know the memories we have made will last a lifetime, and that’s pretty neat. If you have kids, I encourage you to think about taking each of them away on a special trip like this. It doesn’t have to be a flash hotel getaway – Rob has done a trip with each of them (the “Big Weekend”) and slept in the back of the station wagon! But for me, money wasn’t really an issue. Whatever I spent on each of these weekends was well worth it. Actually, I’d go as far as to say they were both ‘priceless’.