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Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Chocolate Good Time

Mekhi and I had a wonderful time this weekend while enjoying our first vacation alone. Our whirlwind visit to the Capital City was fun and exciting. In the days leading up to the trip I reminded Mekhi that were going to fly in an airplane and each time he looked at me with comprehension and a bit of excitement. The day of our trip he woke up bright and early, ready to begin our adventure. From our house to the airport he remained bright-eyed. Upon boarding the plane he was still filled with excitement but he is his mother's child and the drone of the airplane effected him like a sedative, he was asleep before we took flight. When we arrived in Washington, DC we were whisked to our luxurious hotel and soon set out to Georgetown for lunch. It was hot as Hades but my boy took it in stride. I think it was easier riding in a comfy car seat stroller than it was pushing said contraption. Anyhow, after a nice stop at Johnny Rockets -- it was just too hot for me to continue my walk in pursuit of the perfect lunch- we briefly wandered Rock Creek Park and made our way back to the hotel to freshen up a bit. And now I shall seque into the purpose of our mini-vacation.

We were invited by Hershey's to check out the set of Night at The Museum and by "set" I am referring to The Smithsonian. The entire title of the film is Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. We were treated to a VIP tour of the museum after dark led by the curators of the Air and Space Museum. If you have traveled to the Smithsonian you know that it is quite popular and jam-packed on a normal day. Ten bloggers (Liz from Mom-101, Audrey from Mom Generations, Linda from Sundry Mornings, Colleen from Classy Mommy, Vicki from The Mummy Chronicles, Ali from Blissfully Domestic, Melissa from Suburban Bliss, Stephanie from And Twins Make Five and Trisha fom Mom Dot) and our children had the entire museum to ourselves. Although Mekhi was one of the youngest kids he loved seeing the airplanes and became quite attached to the photographer's camera. Perhaps I have a future pilot or photographer on my hands - maybe both! After the tour there was a viewing of the first movie back at the hotel and a smorgasbord of Hershey's treats(um, chocolate treats-Kisses,Reeses, almond joy, I'd continue but that would be torture, I did not indulge). Mekhi and I made it through the first half of the tour but returned to the hotel and let the older kids enjoy the rest of the night.

I was really impressed by everything about the trip and felt so honored to take part in this once in a lifetime experience. As if this was not enough, Hershey's held a Grand Prize drawing and two of the bloggers in attendance will be attending the Premiere of Night At The Museum at the Smithsonian and walk the red carpet. Please, don't hate me but I am one of the winners. My mother says that I need to play the lottery because I am so lucky - perhaps she is right!

Although we didn't actually spend a night at the museum, 5 lucky people and their families will be able to have the opportunity to attend the first ever sleepover at The Smithsonian. The contest runs from now until October 31, 2009. All you have to do is look inside specially marked candy bars to reveal a message printed inside - if it says "Congratulations! You found the keys to the museum!" you win the stated prize. The Grand Prize is a trip to Washington, DC for four, two nights accommodations, $500 in spending money, a VIP tour of the museum after dark and the option to sleep over in one of two galleries that the movie was filmed in. For more information visit Hershey's Night At The Museum website by clicking Here and you can also enter once daily in the "Unleash the Loot" sweepstakes to win the grand prize of $50,000 or one of 10 first prizes of $1,000 Visa Gift Card.




33 comments:

Cindy said...

Oh that sounds like an awesome trip! Thanks for not continuing with the chocolate :)~that was very kind!

Michele@Integrated Mother said...

The Smithsonian is awesome; my kids love visiting it. And you definitely have the golden touch! Congrats on winning the Grand Prize - can't wait to read the blog post about it.

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome!

Sheliza said...

wow, what a great trip! I am trying to get over how much older Mekhi is looking these days!

Dr. Rhonda said...

LOL, your Mom is right! You are lucky and blessed! These are all wonderful opportunities. You are my blogger shero! Hopefully we can connect when you come for the preview! Congratulations.

MOMMY-MOMO said...

oh my gosh... so much fun! What a good mommy you are :)

Dejoni said...

What a cool trip! You are a brave soul taking one that little on a plane. I didn't take my oldest til she was 5 and I was a nervous wreck the whole time. Glad to here he did great!

Tanyetta said...

Sounds like a fun time and congrats on your win! You deserve it :)

Amy said...

Wow that is so neat. It looks like your son and you had a wonderful time. Play the lotto for sure.

Meghan said...

What a neat experience.

And congrats on the big win. How exciting!

CaraBee said...

What a great trip! And how exciting that you get to go to the premiere! I am super jealous!!

Mom101 said...

It was so great meeting you Renee - your readers should know you're as beautiful and effervescent and fun in real life as you are through your words. And your son is a doll. If he's not already committed, I've got a two year old girl I'd like him to meet in about 18 years or so...

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

It sounds like you all had a fun time. Have fun on the red carpet!

Erin said...

Oh my gosh, that looks like such a blast!

Audrey - Mom Generations said...

Renee - I still can't get that photo out of my head with him holding the camera! I have it - I'm just going to post it. Mekhi's the cutest little man in the world. And you!? Well... since I didn't mention you in the original. I posted all about you in the edited version - not to mention write you a poem that I emailed you - Renee Ross -
Not knowing her - you're at a loss.
Her smile dazzles all -
And I have to say, she's pretty tall.
Her son is as handsome as can be -
You can tell he holds your heart's key.
You are funny and chic and oh-so-cool -
It's a shame we never hit the hotel pool.
I can't wait until BlogHer not too far away -
I mean... it's almost May!
You are a true rock star -
I wish you didn't live so far.
You are the most NON unforgettable woman I know -
And if I could - I'd write this in the SNOW!
I love you girl -
NOw next time... we'll do this all on Whrrl.

Kim Moldofsky said...

What fun and what good luck. Yet another fun trip to look forward to. You didn't eat the candy? Good for you. I'm going to have to channel you when I head to the All-Candy Expo (industry trade fair) in a few weeks (in Chicago). My pants feel tight just thinking about it.

Ali said...

Wow! I'm gonna have to pick up a future People magazine to check out your red carpet pictures!

fly tie said...

whoa! congrats on winning! what a fun experience for all the children (and moms, too). they look so precious in the lil strollers.

mmm...reeses....

Michael and Ermilene C said...

I am now back into the swing of things. This move has had me down and out for a few weeks. Well, well, well I am so out of your loop :o) I'm so happy for you and all the "wins" and opportunities. You have this time in your life only once for now and Mekhi will store these special times in his life to help mold his attitude for the future. Congrats Renee!

My best, Lynn

Mary said...

Oh what fun you guys must have had! That's awesome. Makes me think I need to take my kids - they'd love it. Thanks for the pics and the update! And congrats to you. :)

Stephanie Manner Wagner said...

Renee,
It was great to meet you and your dapper little dude too! Congrats on winning the trip back for the premier, I can't wait to read all about it!

Stephanie of And Twins make 5!

Stephanie @ BizzieMommy said...

Sounds like a really great trip. Mekhi looks so comfortable in that stroller. Congratulations on winning the grand prize too.

joanofalltrades said...

You've got me feeling so nostalgic about home! It sounds like you both had a fun trip. The Smithsonian museums are the best! And kudos to you for sticking with your plan and not partaking in the Hershey's. That would have been a challenge for me.

Lalapoo said...

looks like you and your little one had a great time.. oh and you have a bloggy award on my site
take care
pat

Banteringblonde said...

OMG that looks like it was fun ... and how lucky are you to have met all those fabulous ladies?!!

Petula said...

Sounds like great fun and I'm glad he was able to nap on the plane. I can not fall asleep on a plane to save my life and if I do doze off it's minutes before touch down!

It sounds like you guys had a great time and what a great stroller/car seat!

Kristen Andrews said...

how fun Renee, what a great trip it will be a lasting memory I am sure.

Luxe Tips said...

Wow! and you won the prize to walk the red carpet! How exciting. You deserve it! I am glad you and Mekhi had such a wonderful time!

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

What a great opportunity for you and Mekhi! Since you are blogging about all of this great stuff, you are creating memories for him that will last a lifetime! This is so cool! Sounds like you had a great time!

Jewelry Rockstar said...

We love the Smithsonian and the movie. You get all the bloggy perks, you go gurl!

Justice Fergie said...

What an amazing trip! And congrats on winning the prize :) Oh and, um, this makes TWO trips to DC that you've taken without hollerin' at 'cha girl!

Tooj said...

I love Hersheys, and I loved the first flick "Night At The Museum". I'm so jealous you were able to go and see the set! How fun. It looks like he had a blast, as well.

Puanani503 said...

oh wow!! that looks so fun!!

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