Before I even get into this, I just want to say that I hope each and every one of you had an AWESOME Mother’s Day and were celebrated in the way that you deserved! Each and every one of you, whether you have biological children, have fostered or adopted, have fur babies, or just help out with someone else’s babies, YOU are a blessing and I hope you feel loved and appreciated!
Now, this is the fourth Mother’s Day that I have been able to celebrate as a mother. Each year has been slightly different, and this year was….. interesting.
Moments, not Gifts
Our family has really been making an effort to get away from the material and commercialized aspects of the holidays. Instead of flooding each other with gifts that will be lost or destroyed in a few weeks, or just won’t mean much, we have decided to create moments and memories! If it weren’t for my babies, then I would have no reason to even celebrate this day! So, this year I chose to have one on one time with each of them to celebrate our journeys together.
Norah’s Photo Shoot!
After struggling to nurse my oldest past one month, I never thought that I would have made it this far nursing my little Norah. She is now almost 16 months old and still going strong! In celebration of this milestone, my best friend and I participated in a special breastfeeding shoot with Brittany Marshall Photography!
She was able to capture some truly beautiful images of us and our little boob monsters!
[Side note: Norah and Kane have an arranged marriage, and these photos will one day resurface in their wedding slideshow!] ….. Just kidding. Or not. We’ll see.
Even though she was grumpy for the majority of the shoot, and had zero interest in smiling, I love looking back on these photos and being able to see the connection. I see a tangible, unbreakable connection between the two of us in these photos. And I am forever grateful for this opportunity.
Lana’s Paint Party!
My big girl, Lana, LOVES to get her hands dirty! She also has a flair for the dramatics, and loves being craftsy. When I saw that Flat Top Designs was hosting a “Mommy and Me Paint Party”, I knew she would be all over it. Then I saw that one of the designs offered for the kids was a unicorn (her latest obsession) and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.
That poor unicorn changed colors so many times. My OCD tried to take over, but I couldn’t help but notice how much fun she was having just slapping paint onto this piece of wood.
She was so focused and enjoyed every second of that party. I loved watching her as she chose her colors, and decided where they would go. She wasn’t worried about staying inside of the lines. And that’s one thing that I really love about her. Lana isn’t worried about what other people think, and she doesn’t care that her unicorn didn’t look like the others! My baby is such a free spirit and I am so glad I got to see her break out of her shell a little bit.
Mother’s Day Cookout
The day before Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law hosted a cookout to celebrate with the family. Lots of good food, good music, and family fun. Lana and Ace had a BALL playing in the sprinkler all day!
And Norah did what she does best: EAT.
Slight Delay on Ace’s Special Day
Originally, my plan was to take Ace out sometime this next weekend so that he could have the same opportunity to hang out with mommy that the girls got. However, when getting ready to leave the cookout, our truck wouldn’t start! If we can get it up and running without too much of a cost deficit, then he will still get his “Mama Date” as they call it.
Kink in the Plans
Bless my husband’s heart, but this truck situation put a huge kink in his plans when he wasn’t able to follow through on any of the Mother’s Day plans he had made! It seems as though everyone was in the grumpiest of grumpy moods all day yesterday.
As much as I didn’t want it to, I really let that one incident rain on my whole parade. I just wanted one day that wasn’t a big mess. Just one.
The positive side of this was that everyone got to catch up on some much needed rest. We also got some time to ourselves (with the exception of me getting attacked by my boobie monster all day). So, while it wasn’t what I had hoped for, it still was a good day.
What did you do this Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate? Share with me in the comments!
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