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Mama needs a vacation~Major de-stressing getaway needed. Suggestions?

Mama needs a vacation~Major de-stressing getaway needed. Suggestions?

Jun 9th, 2006, 09:08 PM
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Oh heavens mms, you have me convienced..I need a getaway too! But cannot right now..but oh how the Red Mountain Spa sounds lovely ( but quite hot there now I would imagine).

Emotionally fragile, that is how I am feeling at the moment Tess.

It is funny, as I have family that live in Ojai..so going to the Oaks at Ojai doesn't appeal to me. I also have family on the San Juan Islands. And had family in Sedona. To much family at the various places mentioned or to many memories regarding other places.

Anyway Tess, I sure understand how you feel. I hope that you can go to a getaway that will give you the peace and serenity you need. Best regards.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 03:56 AM
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Yes, Starrsville, it is the trip you told me about!! Thanks again - I will definitly report back.

It seemed perfect for me, but after rereading Tess' interests, some of the spas seem like a better choice for her. I also love the recommendation for Sedona.

And Tess, as much as I know how much we love our children, I think most of us can totally relate to the occasional need to have a getaway. My guys are 12 and 15 and wonderful, but...

BTW, I, too, married my spouse when I was 21...can't believe how lucky and smart I was.

Whatever you choose, enjoy. I hope the time away is restorative in every way.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 06:04 AM
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I just wanted to tell you that I understand exactly how you feel. My youngest -- a son -- (my BABY!!!) will be a senior in high school this coming year. Our middle child (daughter) will be entering her second year of college. But the good part is that our oldest -- a daughter -- just graduated from college and came back home to live for a year or so! We love having her home and, looking back, the 4 years did go very quickly.

But knowing that our last child only has one more year at home is very sad for me; I try not to think about it because I can work myself up to tears in just a few minutes. (Even though he is driving us crazy already this summer!)

My husband and I also married when we were very young (20 years old!!!) and I had no idea at the time how blessed I was to marry such a wonderful man. This year we will celebrate our 25th anniversary (in Hawaii).

Well, anyway -- re your request -- I agree with the idea of a spa in a very luxurious setting, either by yourself or with a friend (I'm sure you'll find lots of new friends on this board who would love to go with you!)

Have fun deciding what you're going to do!

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Jun 10th, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Tess, since you are considering making the drive to St. George for the spa, check into the Green Valley Spa in St. George also. It is "supposed" to be one of the best in the country. I have seen this prize given away on Regis & Kelly, and I have 2 SIL's that live just outside St. George that rant and rave about this place, plus I have heard from a few friends also that it is terrific. http://www.greenvalleyspa.com/
Have fun, St. Goerge in itself can be very relaxing!
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Jun 10th, 2006, 06:58 AM
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Sending cyberhugs >< to a fabulous group of Fodorite women (and GeorgeW --I feel better already! A friend and I were talking the other day and agreed that moms of seniors-to-be need a little support group to get us through this year. Such a wide range of emotions as we prepare to let our babies fly the nest--throw our own peri-menopausal raging hormones into the pot and it's an interesting mix!

Fun4all4, how did soccer season end up for your son? Our son's team missed going to state by one game but now we're into traveling 3v3 during the summer. Of course, now that the World Cup has started, life is good!

I'll let you all know what I decide on my getaway--LoveItaly, I'll meet you there.
Jun 10th, 2006, 07:47 PM
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I was looking at the other responses and had to re-respond. I am a high school college counselor and specialize in sending students away to college. While it seems easy to me b/c that's my job, I know it's difficult to have your children leave home for the first time. However, it is also a very exciting time in your and your student's life. Enjoy it-have you been to visit colleges with your son? My mother and I had a blast almost 18 years ago visiting schools and still reminisce about it today. In fact, whenever we are together and in a town with a college we go and visit b/c I can say I was doing "business." But really we are college geeks...and love it! I still have a collection of college sweatshirts that rival no one else's. So enjoy this time and even if they don't come back to live in your house (and my parents are the type that said see ya! and didn't look back although my brother and I were good kids and still are) you'll always have them as yours. The operative word of going away to college is the word "away"-but they will have an amazing experience that you will also experience when you go to visit.

Anyway, I still totally recommend Rancho La Puerta but of course that is up to you. I usually take vacations abroad so that might not be in your time schedule (although I will now be making Vail my ski base) but I'm sure whatever you choose will be great. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have more college questions.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 08:00 PM
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I vote for St. George, Sedona and Las Vegas (Bellagio has good deals this summer) in that order. Have fun, and I'm envious. ;-)
Jun 10th, 2006, 08:27 PM
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And dear Tess,I wish I could meet up with you, seriously. I really need a getaway. Long story..I will not bore you with the details.

But I sure hope and pray that you go "somewhere" and get the rest and relaxation that you need.

I was fortunate to have dear family members on Long Boat Key, Fl where I could fly to by myself (with my DH's blessing) and after two weeks there I would come home so refreshed. Best wishes to you..let us know what decision you make.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 09:39 PM
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A few years ago when I entered this stage of last chld leaving for college, I felt unexpectedly undone. Although my husband went with me, I have often dreamed of taking these 'destressers' on my own, and would do it in a flash if I could: Sedona and/or Zion National Park (staying at the lodge inside the park). Both places were peaceful and allowed for wonderful walking or hikng - and perfect for solo travel.
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Jun 11th, 2006, 04:24 AM
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It seems that many of us are at this turning point.

You turn to the child and express "Fly, birdie, fly!" Then you turn inside and just weep...

It represents such a huge change in the way one's life, focus, priorities have been structured. And I think, too, it forces us to evaluate our own choices, and how they have evolved. There is nothing more bittersweet than to see young people on the brink of embarking on their own life adventures.

Good luck to Tess, LoveItaly, and all of you!
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Jun 11th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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I don't normally make suggestions like this on a a travel board but speaking as someone who has been there, if you are mid 40's I say, sure, take the trip but you may want to consider getting your hormones checked. I say this with only good intentions but menopause snuck up on me and flattened my ass!
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Aug 31st, 2006, 06:36 PM
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Tess, what did you decide to do? Now, my "Cornhusker daughter of 4 yrs" just moved to Georgia. I miss traveling to Lincoln to see her, attend a Lied Center event, and am still not sure we won't drive the 4 hrs. to get to a Cornhusker game even if I know she is no longer in the crowd. But traveling to the south this winter to visit her may give this 52 yr. old the "Lift" that we women all need after the long day of doing "it all". Dyer
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Sep 1st, 2006, 10:11 AM
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I've been meaning to post on this thread and had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder.

After a lot of thought, I decided that I'd rather go on vacation with my family this year instead of getting AWAY from them! As it turned out, we had the best week together. We first spent three days in Vail then flew to Vegas for four days. I was amazed at how into 'doing the family thing' the kids were. We laughed and talked a lot (one night we all got to laughing so hard at the Cheesecake Factory in Vegas that we were crying--sorry if any of you were sitting next to us )

Now that school has started, everyone's busy and seldom are the four of us home at the same time, except for dinner, so our vacation memories are priceless.

However....your suggestions and ideas really struck a chord within. I was like a kid in a candy store checking out websites for the spas you all suggested. It's definitely on my radar screen for next summer after the stress of graduation is done.

In the meantime, though, I'm thinking a little Colorado spa getaway in November would fit the bill (since I can drive there).

Dyer, we have season tickets to Husker games--maybe we'll see you there

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