My mother's birthday is April 1st and her birthday became extra special to me starting with her 50th birthday. I was able to pull off a surprise birthday luncheon for her and the joy it brought made me want to continue doing something special every year.
We have done things that cost a lot of money and things that cost hardly any money. We have flown to DC to get a surprise personal tour of the White House and have dessert prepared by Obama's chef while eating at the Presidential table and we have had a sleepover where all of her sister's attended. Every year, I get excited about the planning process and each year I try to outdo myself.
This year, I decided to do a mother/daughter stay cation in Charlotte and a trip to Frankie's for a family fun day. One thing you should know about me is that I am a hotel SNOB. It is an ongoing joke in my family. I am from the hood AND I love nice things. I dreamed about luxurious things growing up. I love luxury hotel stays BUT I ball on a budget. I only stay at nice hotels at discounted rates.
For this stay, I landed a great deal at Ivey's Hotel in uptown/downtown Charlotte. (Depending on whether or not you are a Charlotte native). The hotel is tucked inside the historic Ivey's building on N. Tryon and it is gorgeous. From check in to check out, we were completely blown away by the beauty of the hotel and the hospitality of the staff. We were both unfortunately disappointed with the bed. It wasn't comfy at all and the sheet thread count was sub par. (I told you I was a hotel snob). If they would update the bed, I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel. Otherwise, I would pass on another stay.
Here is the icing on the birthday cake. There were three things that stood out to me that made me feel like I won the birthday game again. The first thing happened when we walked inside the Ivey's Hotel. My mother's eye lit up and she proceeded to tell me a story how when she was a little girl, her aunt dressed her up and brought her to Charlotte for a trip to Ivey's. She remembered how she felt going into the store and the feelings associated with that day. I had NO clue about how this hotel choice would have such a huge impact. That made me feel so good.
The second thing happened when we went to dinner at Eddie V's. I had invited two of her friends and their daughter's and they arrived before us and surprised her. The look of joy on her face....I won again.
Lastly, after spending her actual birthday at Frankie's in Huntersville bowling and playing miniature golf with my brother and nephew, my mother looked at me and said "Every year I say this is the best birthday ever, but THIS was definitely the best birthday EVER."
Pass me my crown! In the words of Nipsey Hussle, "the marathon continues". I am committed to creating lasting memories with my family. It's all we got in the end.
Depression survivor that discovered the power of positive thinking.