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Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend

What a calm and relaxing weekend we had! JK, but you know I wouldn't want it any other way (... because then what else would I complain blog about?)

On Friday afternoon, the twins' daycare hosted its annual Mother's Day tea and I am so happy to report that this was the first one that didn't result in me (a) crying or (b) questioning all of my life choices. One of my children did keep with tradition and broke one of the school's ceramic tea cups (why? why do they think this is a good idea for small children?), but other than that, the event went smoothly and we all 3 had a good time. Also, I'm fairly certain the primary ingredient in the tea served was sugar because I'm not exaggerating when I say the twins drank an entire teapot full of it between the two of them. 

Once it was finished, we headed home to pick up Brian and semi-spontaneously meet the Olivers at Constellation Field to watch the Skeeters (local minor league team) play. There was minimal baseball-watching going on, but that didn't stop any of us from having a good time. The kids ran around to their hearts' content, stopping only to stuff their faces with popcorn or take a quick trip to the playground (including a visit to the splash pad for Clara). 

We made it until about the 4th inning, at which point the wind had picked up and the youngest 3 kids were pretending to put themselves to sleep. We packed up and headed out with promises to the twins that we could come watch another game soon. As Allison mentioned, I'm so glad we did this in mid-May when the weather was still pleasant!

The pleasant weather continued on Saturday, so we spent plenty of time playing outside in the morning, complete with a picnic lunch in the front yard. After the twins "rested" (seriously, this term has no meaning in our house anymore), we headed over to Mimi and Granddaddy's to spend the afternoon there for an early Mother's Day celebration. 

We fished, we ate, we played, and Aunt Shannon indulged us in yet another photo shoot- God bless her!

L: Proving to myself that I can still (barely) hold them both at the same time ; R: Clearly, she got it from her mama

The best of the bunch (the picture AND the kids, in my biased opinion!)

Brian's parents only live about 15 minutes away, but sometimes that's all it takes to put this girl into snooze mode

Brian woke up bright and early on Sunday morning (proof that he loves me, because he is not naturally an early riser!) to make me breakfast in bed before we got the crazies up and ready for church. It was a brief moment of peace, but a wonderful one! Once they were up, they gave me my presents and showed off their "all about my mom surveys" - once again, a big thank you to Brian for making the effort to coordinate this!

Spoiler alert: apparently the most famous "dish" I prepare for the kids is "mac & cheese." The best part about that is that Daddy is the one that makes the mac & cheese about 90% of the time, ha!

Brian bribed the kids to participate in the requisite Mother's Day photo session in the backyard and I'm proud to report that I only cursed twice... and only one time was in the twins' earshot. (Ok but seriously, why is having their picture taken the most painful experience in the world for children? What is so hard about looking at something and smiling for 2 seconds? End rant.) 

After church, we went out for a (casual) brunch with the Olivers and one of our other favorite family friends from church - 7 children + 6 adults at one table and other than making a mess, I think it went quite well! The kids played nicely together and we got to have some adult conversation, so it's a win.

From there, Allison and I ditched the husbands and kids for the afternoon while we did some shopping. When we found ourselves in the same exact spot that we had taken a picture while shopping on Mother's Day last year, of course I insisted we recreate the moment:

But since I'm dumb, I got mixed up about which side we were each supposed to be on... oops. (The funny thing is several of you probably didn't even notice that, ha!)

After purchasing more items for the kids than for myself (standard), I reunited with Brian and the kids to play for a bit before dinner. While my hope was to have a light, healthy dinner out, convenience and my lack of willpower won out and we ended up, once again, at Lupita's for Mexican food. It's a bad habit, but if queso is wrong, I don't want to be right... and neither does double-fisting Clara, apparently:

We put the twins to bed and Brian and I spent the remainder of the evening enjoying the nice weather on the back porch. By my calculations, the weather will turn semi-permanently disgusting in the next 1-2 weeks, so we have to enjoy it while we can.

So yeah it was a pretty good Mother's Day weekend. There was once a time when I didn't know if getting to be a mom at all was even a reality for me, so the fact that not only do I get to be a mom to two amazing little people, but also have a day where I get to feel so celebrated is nothing short of incredible. 


the blogivers said...

I'm torn between jealousy of dinner at Lupita's and happiness that I didn't end up eating Mexican food for the millionth day in a row. Thanks for helping me have a fun rest of the day though!

Emily said...

I like in the survey Clara says mommy "laughs at me" because while I'm sure she means you laugh with her, I have to admit I laugh AT my children a great deal of the time.

Erika said...

I can't see the surveys good enough to read all the answers! Those deserve a solo pic, please. Looks like an awesome MD weekend! But yeah, your daycare is insane letting toddlers use real cups, haha.

Brittany said...

What a perfect weekend! The picture that Shannon took of you and the twins is pretty perfect too!!

Brittnie said...

Real tea cups at daycare? They are cray.

Glad it was a great day! Sounds pretty perfect to me!

Natasha said...

I was feeling super bummed that our school does NOTHING to celebrate Mother's or Father's Day but getting Brian to fill out those surveys with the kids is GENIUS. I'm so getting Dave to do that from now on.

And the fact that you guys are wearing matching earrings in the repeat photo is what threw me off :) Hahahahaha!

It also makes me laugh that you're enjoying the weather before it gets unbearable while we're still mostly waiting for the weather to warm up to bearable. We live in such opposite climates.