I hope all of you moms out there had an absolutely smashing mother’s day! I know mine this year was quite a step-up from years past because:
- it didn’t rain. In fact, it was the first time in the past ten days or so that it didn’t rain even the tiniest littlest drop.
- it didn’t rain like last year, which I remember because I spent part of Mother’s Day last year picking up Justin from the airport (he was returning from his first trip to Alaska).
- Justin was awake this year.
- no one was puking.
- I woke up to Gavin reporting that “a dog pooped on the couch”. Okay, that wasn’t good, but it was still better than all the puke I dealt with last year.
- we got to have IHOP for breakfast. Most of you know my deep and lasting love relationship with IHOP–the day could’ve ended there and I would’ve been happy. Especially since I got their Cinnamon Swirl French Toast combo, so I ate my eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns there, then brought home my cinnamon swirl french toast to eat later. That cinnamon swirl french toast, btw, is essentially a cinnamon bun w/syrup on it–yum!
- I did yardwork the entire day. Yes, I’m quite excited about that–no (or very little) sarcasm. I had plants that I had ordered weeks ago from Spring Hill Nursery that I had been dying to get in the ground ever since our return from our Midwest Tour, but couldn’t due to the monsoon that blew in for over a week. On Saturday I did a little bit of work, but on Sunday, after I made Justin my garden slave (he got to dig all the 18-24″ deep, 18-24″ wide holes in our fabulous Virgina clay soil full of random chunks of flagstone), I planted six hedge roses and six zebra grass plants to help fill in where we lost two pine trees and over a dozen forsythia bushes (courtesy of last summer’s drought). I also finally got my strawberries into their big strawberry pot (needed Justin to help drill 1/4-inch holes in the pvc pipe I ran down the center of the pot). I still have a ton more yardwork to do, but I at least got all those dormant plants into the dirt before they woke up and died.
- and finally, my mother’s day was better than last year because my wonderful husband and two fantastic boys gave me sweet, heartfelt cards and surprised me with this fabulous purse:
(pics borrowed from Coach Leatherware online)
- I did not cook the entire day. Justin made us steaks on the grill (and chicken nuggets in the microwave for the kids).
- after we put the kids to bed, we sat and watched this week’s SNL on hulu.com and laughed our butts off.
I really do hope every other mom out there had as nice a day as I did (or better!), whether it was getting a thoughtful gift, a break from cooking, watching a good show or movie, or just having some peace and quiet to accomplish something you’ve been meaning to do for a while.