Saturday was a morning full of adventure for my oldest, as she got to shop with daddy for a mother’s day gift for me. They came home and decorated a card and gave it to me. I also got a bookmark (my idea- K has been trying to make me crayon bookmarks, and they rub wax off on library books, not good!)–and a pencil as well as some flowers. I’m supposed to get some mulch, too, to fix my flower beds. Yeah!
So B and I did this:
…basically we hung out, read, played with toys, listened to music, etc. She even counted to 5 with some incentive (smarties!).
Then my husband took off with the girls and left me for SIX glorious uninterrupted hours! SIX!!!! He borrowed a trailer and finally brought home this:
We will use it for parades (note he didn’t buy this, just picked it up, as this is what our tax money went to before we had kids about 6 years ago, ha!)
So I read, dozed, cleaned, folded laundry, cleaned some more, and played on the computer before making dinner. Awesome! He also took one of the photo books we made to his mom’s house along with a card we made (shutterfly) all full of pictures of the kids from 2012 and a gift card for whatever she wants from a retailer. They had a nice visit and then everyone headed home for dinner and then we headed out for DQ and got ice cream. After they went to bed we made items to take with us the next day.
Talk about a full day!
The kids did not nap much, and then we got them up early to head out and visit with my mom. We went to church with her and took some marinated chicken to throw on the grill, mashed potato casserole, angel food cake, strawberries, and grabbed a bucket of ice cream on the way out of town. One of my brothers was out of the town and the other one played grill master for the chicken, burgers, and hot dogs and provided a fruit salad and carrots from his family, so we all pitched in to make a decent meal. My SIL washed dishes and I rinsed, and the kids ran wild outside and had a blast. She got the same gift (photo book, card, and gift card) from us, Keeley did a coloring sheet for both grandmas as well. I just used a software program to write ‘happy mother’s day x’ where x goes in the appropriate grandma nickname and a few hearts, and printed it and little miss filled in the rest, awesome! It kept her busy Friday, too, which was nice. I was prepared!
Another day without naps, but then we saw my husband’s grandma and her husband for about an hour or so on our way out of town. By then it was nearly 6 pm and an hour and a half left to get home. I know my husband’s mom wanted us to stop by again (she’d finished something she was doing for the girls I guess), but we decided to forgo that since we’d be back in a week for graduations. I know she was disappointed, but they did have a big visit the day before and since I wasn’t there my toddler couldn’t cling to me, so I hope they got plenty of hug time with their grandma.
We got home, unloaded the truck, started the oven for frozen pizza (praise the Lord we had some, or we would have been hungry!) and Matt unloaded the trailer he cobbled together out at my parents’ house. At this point, I don’t even ask anymore. The man’s a computer genius, has a good job, is great with the kids and had left me alone for 6 peaceful hours. No way was I going to argue with him. We fed the kids, got them stuffed in bed, and then went to bed ourselves. Whew. What a weekend!
Sounds like a lovely, busy day. I went out to see my mom on Saturday, and my husband took his mom out to lunch on Saturday – so Sunday I got to go to church, then come home and do nothing for several hours until we went to dinner at some friends’ house. That might have been the quietest Mother’s Day ever for me. When I was a kid, my dad used to take all the kids away for the day (or the weekend, if he could manage it) and let my mom have the house to herself. It was a rare treat for her since she usually had at least 5 kids running around.