Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Weekend To Remember

This weekend with my oldest gal has been so great. Nike held nothing back, and truly made us feel like we were part of a team there at their amazing campus.

And I mean, really amazing campus. 20 minutes into our tour I asked if they were hiring.

Did you know that the Nike Headquarters has 2 childcare centers on campus? Moms can leave their desk to go nurse, take a nap with their child, and there are even highchairs in all the lunch areas so you can eat with your little love(s).

That’s impressive.

I don’t know about you, but if I was in corporate America, a company that valued family like that would be my first stop.

The passion, the community, and the energy was incredible. You could feel it everywhere - and not just because real legends have walked those halls, but because passion for what they are doing there literally exuded from every person on the campus.

It was contagious.

Nike made lockers with all the kids names on them, and then stuffed them with goodies. I don’t know why, but I cried when Ella opened it. It was just one of those moments (one of many from the weekend) when you get to see your child experience something so incredibly cool - and well, my emotions ran completely over.

Truly, friends, I was on the verge of the ugly cry.

She got to go rock climbing, swimming, and behind the scenes to see how Nike works. And I got to spend time with and listen to the dedicated minds behind this incredible company.

Look at my little athlete :).

Oh, and they also fed the kids really well. Please don’t make Ella talk about the cupcakes they served, it still hurts her to know that she had to leave them in Portland.

We made some forever memories this weekend at the Youth Innovation Summit.. We even ate pizza in bed one night because "that's what you do at sleepovers, mom!!". I am forever thankful to Nike for the chance to spend this time with just my oldest girl. This trip was a gift in so many ways.

So we are heading back to our crew today, and I am so excited to hug everyone! We brought back some goodies for them (especially the birthday girls, post coming later!), and I have a whole lot of snuggling I want to make up for :).

Again, if you haven’t tried these incredible shoes, it’s time you did! Kids Nike FREE Run: If your feet flex, shouldn't your shoes flex too? Must-have flexibility for young feet.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike


Thoughts for the day said...

glad you had a wonderful time and I hope you enjoyed the city of Portland, beaverton Oregon.

Amy McSwegin said...

SO GLAD you got some awesome one-on-one time with Ella girl!

Robin @ Pink Dryer Lint said...

So TOTALLY cool that you got to do this! Hooray!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Thanks, ladies! It was truly such a bonding time for Ella and I - much needed :).