Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Mother's Day 2011 was nothing short of wonderful. Kathryn gave me one of the most special gifts without even knowing it - she slept until 8:30! I slept until 8 and it was glorious. She didn't make a peep and only silence echoed through the baby monitor (even the slightest peep after 7 a.m. on the weekend and I'm up for good). I was even more thankful to sleep in since I took a Nyquil last night and have been nursing a cold that she and I both have.

I was greeted with a Mother's Day card from Kathryn and another from E. J. which was then followed by a breakfast of champions...

Coffee (although I'm not really a coffee person, something about a Mother's Day breakfast without coffee just didn't seem right. I think I may be on to a habit, perhaps?) blueberries and a York Peppermint Patty (which was also with my mother's day cards! YUM!)
After hanging around for a while, we headed out for a Mother's Day lunch, but not without some complications. One of the tires on E. J.'s truck had a flat. He tried to put the spare tire on, but the jack his truck came with was apparently cheap and would not hold up the truck for him to change it.

Thank goodness for AAA to save the day.
Kathryn checking out the action
After the tire issue was solved, we headed into town for a late lunch. (That's what us people who live in the country say: "headed into town"!) We went to one of my favorite places, but the wait was over an hour long. Rather than setting ourselves up for a disaster (meaning: waiting for an hour + with a 1 year old) I made the decision to head somewhere else.

We ended up having some delicious Mexican, instead!
Chicken fajitas :)
Although I certainly didn't expect a gift, E. J. and Kathryn gave me an extra special present: a diploma frame! Even though I got my master's in December, I have yet to get it framed to display it in my office at work (mainly because the student loan payments are so darn expensive and I had a hard time justifying the cost of a frame).
Most importantly, I must wish my mom the happiest of Mother's Days. I only hope I can be as great of a mom to Kathryn as my mom has been to me. "Best Mom Ever" doesn't even begin to describe her.
Easter 1985. Way to rock the 1985 hair, mom ;)
Unfortunately, it has been just until this past year, when I've have had my own child, that I now truly appreciate every ounce of my mom. Of course I've always appreciated her, but not in the way that I now look at her. I'm a lucky girl to have such a great mom - I just wish 2,000 miles didn't separate us, especially on days like these.

This, being my second Mother's Day, but first full year as a mom, was extra special as I reflect on all the challenges and abundant joys that motherhood creates.

I don't need extravagant Mother's Day celebrations or over-the-top gifts, I'll take changing our lunch plans and flat tires as long as I'm spending the day with my loves.
Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing mother's!

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