This weekend was crazy and wonderful. My parents came up from Florida and arrived at our house with my brother on Friday night. I made some awesome, slightly hilarious animal cupcakes and we made things easier on all of us by ordering pizza for dinner. Saturday morning we all got up, had a quick breakfast at Starbucks, and loaded up the car with drinks, cupcakes, snacks, and party supplies for our fabulous zoo birthday celebration.
The weather was… alright. The temperature was a little cool, so perfect, and the sun was out, but there was a super high pollen count and a lot of wind blowing the pollen and dust around. We made it to the zoo right on time and met everyone at the pavilion for a super casual lunch. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Evi (she cried!) and then we all enjoyed some animal cupcakes before heading out to see the animals. Evi took a nice long nap, and then woke up to enjoy the sights. She didn’t care too much for the big cats or the gorillas, but she loved the elephants, the golden lion tamarins, the cheetahs, and especially the flamingos. She was also really happy to watch three alpacas chasing each other around the pasture. She was great all day and took a nice long nap in the car on the way home.
Mother’s Day was a beautiful day, if oddly cool for this time of year. We had a great breakfast at home with turkey bacon, blueberry muffins, friendship bread, and eggs… plus McDonalds coffee because our coffee carafe is broken. After some time laughing and talking at home, and a comfy nap with my beautiful little girl, we said a reluctant goodbye to my brother and parents. They were all headed back to the airport, where my parents were already flying home. There’s never enough time with family, is there?
Aaron and I took Evi to see his grandmother for Mother’s Day. We spent a few hours with his family, Evi played the piano for us all, and then we went out for a quiet dinner on our own. It was nice to sit down at a nice restaurant with my husband and daughter and enjoy good food. Evi charmed everyone in the restaurant and enjoyed lots of bread and mushrooms. The drive home was fast, and Evi went to bed easily and slept well all night.
This morning I’m adjusting to life without coffee (until I can find the right carafe to replace our broken one) and hanging out with Evi, who is going through something (growth spurt? teething? slightly sick?) that is making her a little cranky and extra EXTRA sleepy. We’re taking it easy at home today, going for a nice morning walk, and then spending the afternoon working…
My weekend was busy and chaotic, but wonderful. Here’s a look at the food/exercise for the weekend too. My Mother’s Day was celebrated with my mother, Aaron’s mother, Aaron’s grandmother, and (most importantly) my amazing daughter. My children are what this day is all about. And so, this little letter is for them.
To my sweet babies:
Aodin… you were my firstborn, my sweet son, and it was you who made me a mother. You taught me my own strength, showed me the power and meaning of real love, and made me realize that a family is made up of love and laughter, joy and pain, hope, and surrender. You helped me see the strength of my marriage and my own worth. You are always in my heart and I miss you every day.
Evi… oh, my sweet girl. You are a beautiful miracle and you amaze me every day. Thank you for being such an easy baby, for being fun and happy all the time, for making this mommy thing so easy. I hope you know how much I adore you and how utterly you complete our family. Thank you for helping me take control of my own health so that I can teach you the best way to live. Thank you for always waking up with a smile for me, even when you’re feeling bad.
My family is so perfect, so ideal, so clearly a manifestation of the love and laughter and joy that make up the best of life’s moments. Without my amazing husband and beautiful children, I would not be who I am today, and I like me a lot… so thank you to my amazing family.
Thank you too, to all of my friends and family, for all the birthday wishes, adorable gifts, and generous contributions to Evi’s college fund. She’ll be especially thankful in seventeen years or so!