I hope everyone had a great weekend celebrating the women in their lives. We had gorgeous weather this weekend and soaked up every minute of it.
Since I’ve had kids, I’ve started the tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom and Rita on Saturday so that Sunday can be MY day . . . and it works out really well!
This year I decided to go with a “Berry” theme and sent out these invitations.
The girls and I had fun setting a cute table and finding berry themed gifts.
I tried a new recipe for a fresh strawberry bundt cake . . .
. . . and it was delish!!
The grandmas came over at noon on Saturday . . . and the girls had already been playing outside for about three hours. I made them come in and get cleaned up.
We took pictures with the grandmas right away before the girls could get messy again!
Penelope Pudding loves herself a sunny spot on the deck!
We ate lunch, opened gifts, had some cake, and then the girls and the grandmas painted picture frames together. I’ll print out the pictures from above to put in them.
After arts and crafts time, we played a bunch of different card games before the girls could no longer ignore the call of the outdoors! I totally forgot to get pictures of Matty and me with our mamas, so we snapped a few quick ones as they were leaving. Oops!
After the grandmas left we made our way to our local flower shop to get most of my flowers to plant. The girls are at a fun age for wanting to help, and I am here for it! I spaced everything out, Matty dug the holes, and the girls planted and covered with fresh soil. Honestly, it was so much easier than when I used to do it all myself!
All that’s left now is fresh mulch, which we’ll probably do sometime this week.
It’s snapping turtle season in our neighborhood, and I found this little guy on our driveway Saturday night. Emphasis on LITTLE! I put my key fob there for a size reference. In a month or so the kids will start finding giant snapping turtles roaming around the neighborhood, and that when the real fun/chaos/”don’t go near it” shouting begins.
After planting all the flowers the girls got an early bath, and then we ate dinner and watched the Kentucky Derby. Then the girls and I had a movie night (complete with popcorn and M&Ms) while Matty washed my car. Mother’s Day weekend was officially off to a great start!
Sunday morning the girls slept in a bit, and then Matty got them breakfast while I laid in bed and read for a while. Then I moved myself downstairs to the sunroom to read some more. It’s my Mother’s Day, and I’ll read all day if I want to! The girls brought me a gift . . . I wonder what it could be?!
A new summer water cup! I’m super into fruit for the summer this year, and I thought this cup was adorable. It’s 30oz and will keep my hydrated all summer long!
The girls also each brought home two projects from school, and I absolutely love them! Lucy’s are on the left and Emily’s are on the right. I think Lucy captured me brilliantly!
After a slow morning, I took a four mile walk ALL BY MYSELF and listened to my audiobook. It was divine. Matty and I ate a little lunch at home and then we grabbed the girls some Happy Meals and headed to Lucy’s school playground for bit. The girls have been dying to play there together, so Mother’s Day seemed like the day to make that happen . . . obviously. 😉 I’m kidding, we actually had a really nice time!
After we got back from the playground, the girls played outside for HOURS while I finished one book, started another, got my planner ready for the week, had a drink in the sun on the driveway, and helped Matty get dinner ready. Dinner was flank steak salad with naan bread croutons . . . one of my favorites!
Hudsonville is our favorite ice cream brand, and when I saw this on sale at the grocery a few weeks ago I had to snag one to try. Miraculously, I restrained myself from opening it until yesterday after dinner. We all agreed it was absolutely delicious!
It’s now 9pm on Sunday night as I’m finishing this post, and I’m going to end my Mother’s Day the way any respectable mama should . . . reading for a few minutes before falling asleep early!
Listen, I love serving my family and I know I’m good at it . . . but there’s something to be said for getting two days a year where it’s all about ME . . . because the other 363 are usually all about other people first. I thoroughly enjoyed my Mother’s Day and can’t wait for February when I get a special day again for my birthday!
Have a great week . . . get out there and get some Vitamin D!