Oh my goodness gracious… the kids are long in bed asleep, the “Spa” was hours ago, and Braydon and I are still cracking ourselves up laughing about this and grinning ear to ear just thinking back on it. Seriously– this was so much fun and SUCH a riot!
We had a very long President’s Day weekend. The kids had school off on Friday and Monday, so it was four days straight of togetherness. Which is good. And which is challenging. By this afternoon we were all ready to combust. We had a busy four-day-weekend (including, among many other things– a babysitter/date-night Friday night, a bowling birthday party Saturday, a brunch (for 40 guests) that we hosted at home on Sunday, and a pretty miserable trip to IKEA today [we are not a family who enjoys shopping]). The highlight of the whole loooong weekend, though, was late this afternoon, a grandiose high of an ending to our mediocre-four-days-”off”: MOMMY & PAPI’S SPA.
Late this afternoon, while the kids played, showered/bathed, and generally drove us to the brink of insanity, I made a menu of treatments/services (above), and a spa drink menu (below), and set up our bathroom and hallway as a “Spa.” Complete with dim lighting, candle, and spa music (thanks to Braydon who I delegated with the task of finding ridiculously-over-the-top-spa-ish-music and setting it up in the bathroom). It was all very spa.
I set up our bedroom as a “dressing room” and laid out “spa clothes” (Braydon’s undershirts) for the kids to change into. They got changed, placed their drink orders, and familiarized themselves with the treatment options. Their drinks were delivered with fresh “cleansing carrots,” and then they placed their spa treatment orders with the spa staff (i.e., Braydon and me).
They all got facials. The full treatment. They took this 100% seriously. Braydon and I were in character as the spa staff. It was an absolute total RIOT. I cannot look at this picture (below) without fully cracking up~~~~
Meera chose to receive a manicure. The boys both chose massages. I was the nail tech. Braydon was the masseuse. This all took place in our bathroom.
At the end of it all, we had 1 very messy bathroom, 3 very happy kids, and 2 very stress-reduced parents (giggling your way through a very serious spa experience will do that to you — especially when your clients are taking it completely seriously). The whole idea of a spa is to promote health and relaxation for the clients. Our clients might have walked away more healthy and relaxed than they had come in, but their spa-workers/treatment-provider-parents benefitted the most from this experience for sure.
Still cracking up here in Never-a-Dull-Moment-Land… (a great way to start off another week of the February Funk)!