After my 30 day streak of blogging in April, I took a little break at the beginning of May but am back now! Initially, I had only intended to have a 1 or 2 day break but then we got a huge shipment of back-ordered inventory for our Count Your Beans business and the whole first week of May became incredibly crazy.
Happy Belated Mother's Day to all you Moms, Grams, Grammas and Grandmas out there! Very special wishes go out to my own amazing MOM who is so incredibly thoughtful and means more to me than I'll ever be able to express in words! I was also happy to hear from my beautiful birthmom who gave me life and my wonderful mother-in-law who gave my husband life. Happy Mother's Day to my sisters and sister-in-laws, aunts, grandma-in-laws, great-grandma-in-laws and all female relatives and friends who are Moms! Happy Mother's Day to all our doll friends, school friends, bowling friends, Aspierations friends and those of you out there reading this who I've never met. :-)
It was a wonderful day here! We hope your day was very special too!
We went to church in the morning and heard a very good sermon about being a Super Mom as well as pondering one of the original super moms, Mary!
We had a relaxing afternoon and evening at home playing Monopoly on the Wii, eating yummy take-out from Old Spaghetti Factory, watching the season finale of The Amazing Race and doing relatively little work. I even snuck in a couple quick naps!
In these photos, I still look very tired! This is after a VERY long week and was pre-nap!
Thanks so much for the flowers, John & the great gifts, Justin, Ryan, Mom & Dad!
I was so proud of Justin and Ryan. Their behavior all day was really amazing. (John's was too. Thanks HONEY!) Justin made me a special Mother's Day video & computer presentation that he burned onto a DVD for us to watch. Justin is so incredibly talented and I was honored that he took the time to make this for me.
Justin made a homemade card and special DVD for me.
Ryan brought home from school a little picture frame that he made with beans and in the middle of the frame was a cute photo of him at school. He also made a little paper plate teapot at church.
Here's a pic below of me and Ryan with Ryan's card that he handmade. Ryan had a little help with the printing from Dad but the coloring inside was all his and in his favorite color, orange! By the way, John took about 8 photos of me and Ryan and he was a real wiggly pants the whole time. This was the 8th one. Can you tell I'm just hoping he'd take the darn picture?!?
I had a very nice talk with my Mom and Dad on the phone soon after these pictures were taken. Thank you guys again for all your generosity and love! Mom, I hope you were able to have fun shopping and treat yourself to something special!
After lunch, which John kindly made and brought to my desk (peanut butter sandwiches and homemade brownies from Mom), I took a nap where I had a hallucination / dream about work. Those kind of dreams are really unsatisfying, especially on a day one is supposed to be relaxing!
Later on after we played our Monopoly game on the Wii (congrats, Justin, I almost had you!!!!!), John took the boys to Old Spaghetti Factory to pick up our food so we could eat at home. While they did that, I took a really quick BONUS nap and really appreciated my good fortune when I had no dreams at all that I could remember!
By the way, although we occasionally do go out to eat, it is SO much easier eating at home than in a restaurant and the boys are almost always well-behaved at the dinner table. We make it a point to eat at the dinner table every night and it really gives us some quality time together to talk about our day, practice social skills and to bond. Justin is in charge of getting everyone water and Ryan gets everyone their napkins. Both boys clear their dishes when they're done. It all works out very nicely!
Later on in the evening after the kiddos got off to bed, I answered a few emails and received some sweet Mother's Day wishes from some special doll friends. I then ventured to Facebook to post a couple Happy Mother's Day follow-up notes and was ready to shut down for the night.
John and I ended the evening watching the Celebrity Apprentice on TiVo. We do enjoy our reality TV. The main shows we watch are Survivor, The Amazing Race, American Idol, The Celebrity Apprentice and Big Brother. It's one of those vices that allows us to escape from a hectic day and we almost always have a little winding down time watching TV together before snoozing.
It was all in all, a very relaxing Mother's Day!
I look forward to writing again soon! Thanks for stopping by!