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Alamo Chief Travel Moms: My “Welcome To Summer” Party!

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My “Welcome To Summer” Party!

(This is a sponsored post in conjunction with my work as an Alamo Chief Travel Mom. All thoughts and opinions are my own) 

 

I live in New York and if you have been following along you know we had an absolutely brutal winter. The flip side – our reward if you will – is that having to endure those cold temperatures and snow means the summers are actually quite pleasant.

I had an awesome opportunity this past weekend to throw a “Welcome to Summer” Party and we were more than ready, come rain or shine.

As many of you know, I have spent the last several months as an Alamo Chief Travel Mom. 

It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience to share with you the ways I go beyond basic family travel and how I’m able to create memories along the way.

I shared with you some of my tips and tricks for traveling with teens, how I learned to let go of the reins a little bit by identifying what I called my “anti-resolution” for family travel and finally, the mother-daughter fun we had when Casey and I carried out that “anti-Resolution” with a trip to Manhattan. The experience helped me slow down (nearly impossible to do) and empowered myself to be more introspective and focus on the stuff that matters during family travel. It was nice to see that Alamo travel experts and I share similar thoughts when it comes to getting on the road!

Now with July finally here, school is out and it’s time to party!

Alamo generously sent along a big box of goodies to help get our party started so Casey and Cole facilitated our bash with a big box of goodies that turned our ordinary yard into the place for an extravaganza!

 

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Canopy is set, grill is heating, balloons are up! 

Why the canopy, you ask? Well as you may or may not be able to see, the sky was threatening to open all over our party and while better than the massive snow we had this winter, it still wasn’t in the plans.

But here’s one of the things that I have learned in my time as a Chief Travel Mom; sometimes the best memories come from those times when things DON’T go according to plan. So while we prepared for things to not go perfectly as planned, we decided we would definitely make the best of it.

The sun wasn’t out but we had some fun with shades courtesy Alamo
Of course what we had hoped wouldn’t happen, did. A slow, steady and somewhat cold rain was our welcome to summer. Not entirely unexpected however; it is New York after all.

 

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Wet Bean Bag Toss 🙁 
While the yard games didn’t work out so great, it was still a party, what with all the favors Alamo sent. You think only toddlers know how to use their imagination? Think again!
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Party favors! 
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Guests making the most of dodging raindrops 
IMG_9869The offspring- doing what else? Eating
 
If you have teens you know how this goes; they hang in one space while the adults go off and do their thing and our party was no different.

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Adults huddled under the canopy which also gave us a dry place to cook!

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The #AlamoDriveHappy Journal
 
Everyone had a chance to journal what their ideal vacation was and it ran the gamut; everything from spending more time on the beach to riding every ride in amusement parks. It was fun to see what people wanted from family travel.

Here’s a quick FLIP (Flipagram) of our party.
 

All in all, it was a phenomenal time and Alamo sent 4 of our guests off with awesome goodie bags!

Being an Alamo Chief Travel Mom was a great experience for a number of reasons, not the least of which was to serve as a reminder that family travel can be what you make it. Trying to control every single detail can be a recipe for a rotten time. So this party, and over the last year, I have been able to focus less on the minutia and more on the meaning of family and travel with those I love. Losing a teddy bear on vacation, giving my daughter a chance to be in charge or having to punt because of a rained out summer party enabled me to create some awesome memories with my family, even if they weren’t the ones I had planned.

So next time you travel with family, remember that things don’t have to be perfect to be memorable.

A big Good Enough Mother thanks to my guests and to Alamo for the reason to get together!

Happy summer everyone!

 

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