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Better In Aruba: Five More Things My Kids Loved

This morning, over Cheerios, Ezra gave me the puppy-dog eyes and asked, “Can we go to Aruba today?”

Sadly, no. We cannot go to Aruba today. I asked him if he could name his favorite thing that we did there (you know, for RESEARCH PURPOSES), and he sighed a heavy sigh and said, “Breakfast.”

True dat. I wish I’d taken more pictures of the food, but that was somewhat challenging because the second the plates hit the table, my kids would immediately start stuffing everything into their faceholes. The kids’ menu was available at every restaurant (and for room service), so meals were simple and drama-free. You want to eat peanut butter and jelly for five meals in a row? Knock yourself out, kid. It’s your vacation. Mama’s getting the mushroom risotto.

Breakfast, however, was an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet affair and lo, my kids proved that they can eat A LOT. I’m not a huge breakfast eater myself (particularly while wearing a BATHING SUIT, GAH), so I was happy to see that there were a lot of lighter options: I was pretty darn content with coffee and cottage cheese loaded up with superfruits like papaya and blueberries. The kids ate (no lie, every morning) plates full of fruit, yogurt, pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, muffins, cereal, oatmeal, sliced cheese, smoked turkey, all topped off with a special treat of chocolate milk.

It kinda put our usual at-home breakfast of Cheerios and toaster pancakes to shame. No hunger-related meltdowns for us on vacation, at least.

Okay, time to stop yapping and show y’all some pretty pictures. I have a preschooler’s crushing no-Aruba-today-related disappointment to soothe.

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  • Breakfast buffet! 1 of 6
    Breakfast buffet!
    You know how some hotel "buffets" are like, a tray of gummy bagels and horrible scrambled eggs? Not so at the Westin Aruba. I think Ike has at least five different food items in his cheeks in this picture.
  • Baby ZUMBA! 2 of 6
    Baby ZUMBA!
    There were Zumba classes for grown-ups by the pool every day, but on Saturday the instructor offers a "Diaper Dance" for little ones. Ike can't walk yet, but still rocked it out.
  • The Butterfly Farm 3 of 6
    The Butterfly Farm
    Several times a week, the Westin Kids Club will escort you across the street to the Butterfly Farm, an enclosed & interactive exhibit with thousands of gorgeous butterflies.
  • Hey, I learned about this in school! 4 of 6
    Hey, I learned about this in school!
    Noah learned about the lifecycle of butterflies in kindergarten this year, and then he got to watch several hatch, live and in-person! Later, a butterfly landed on his head. He was in love.
  • The POOL 5 of 6
    The POOL
    Obvious, yes. But man, what a pool!
  • SLEEP 6 of 6
    SLEEP
    After a long day of awesome, conked out cold in their Heavenly Bed. (With Ike nearby in his Heavenly Crib, complete with adorable bedding.) I was incredibly worried my kids wouldn't sleep well, being in strange beds in a strange place, but it was another pointless worry. NOTHING got between these kids and their sleep.

Huge thanks to Westin Hotels & Resorts for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.

Read more original flavor Amalah
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More from Amalah’s West:

Better In Aruba: Five Simple Things Our Kids Won’t Stop Talking About

From Babymoon to Family-of-Five Vacation In Just Seven Years

Weekend/Weekday Toaster Pancakes

 

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