Since I was a little girl, like most little girls, I always dreamed about being a mom. I was uncertain how many kids I wanted, but now, I know how blessed we are to have three incredible children. Six years ago, if you asked me exactly what a mother is meant to do, my text book answer probably would read something like a mom is someone who loves, cares, teaches, and nurtures her little one. What I was unaware of at the time, was how your children actually mold you into mom you become. The children are the ones who teach us about unconditional love, actually loving someone so much that it hurts. They offer me a new found beauty in the world in which we live, and I am truly grateful to be on this journey with them.
Last weekend, we spent Mother’s Day in my most beloved place ever, the Hamptons. The east end of Long Island holds a special place in my heart, as some of the major milestones in my life have taken place there. I spent my teenage years out there with friends, Jason and I met in a share house, we got engaged on an East Hampton beach, and lets just say Siella’s middle name is Harbor after Sag Harbor for a reason. Needless to say, we try to get out there whenever we can throughout the year, so with the nice weather sneaking in, Mother’s Day weekend was the perfect excuse to head out.
We stayed at the newly renovated Quogue Club at Hallock House. The moment we pulled up to the all white estate, we immediately felt as if we were at home. The nearly 200 year old, 14 room boutique hotel has a southern charm, and features exceptional decor personally created by world-famous designer Alexa Hampton. As a family of five, the Quogue Club gave us a House King Room joined with The Hallock Doubles room, where Ryder and Siella immediately claimed their own beds for the weekend.
Overnight guests of The Quogue Club have the opportunity to be part of an otherwise members-only social and dining club, that includes an exceptional restaurant, well- appointed public rooms, a fully accessorized fitness center, yoga studio, massage room and child-friendly lounge. The kids had a blast in the lounge, fully equipped with video games, board games, toys, puzzles, and a foosball table, which was a favorite of the big kids.
Early Sunday morning, Jason took the kids out, allowing me sleep in, which was much needed, and much appreciated. Two hours late, the kids woke me up with coffee, flowers, and cards in bed. We spent the rest of the morning lounging in our room, then headed downstairs for a special Mother’s Day Brunch in their main dining room, which was quite the spread. The kids loved the buffet, each choosing their own food, acting like little grown ups, all while on their best behavior. Following brunch, the kids enjoyed some arts and crafts in the children’s lounge. And naturally, we topped the afternoon with a stroll on the beach.
The weather may not have been ideal, but it didn’t matter. The kids collected seashells to add to our collection back home, and we just enjoyed our time together. We left in the afternoon, and headed to my mothers house to give her hugs for her special day.
The Quogue Club at Hallock House was such a relaxing retreat for all of us. Luxurious, yet comfy and cozy; it truly is a gem to be discovered, and we are already making plans to return during the summer.