And before I even say one more thing, let the record reflect that Mother's Day gets to be freakin AWESOME when you're kids are adults.
Sure, the macaroni necklaces are cute, and the primary singing in church is always fun. But we also tend to heap guilt on us because we're women and we just hollered at the kid in the car on the way to church. We might have even threatened a beat down or two, so when we hear all the butterfly kisses and unicorns pooping rainbows on Mother's day - we convince ourselves that we suck and then book a first class ticket on the guilt cruise. Been there, done that.
Maybe your husband isn't a great gift giver. Sooooooo, it kinda sucks when you hear about all the cool things/services your friends get and at your house, you get a head nod and fist bump while he cleans the kitchen all the while you might be secretly just wanting something sparkly to wear. Or a massage for crying out loud.
I get it. Although Splenda has always been good in the prize giving department, I have friends who aren't that lucky and so I understand.
I will however, testify loud and strongly that once those snot nosed, mouthy kids grow up and become adults - IT IS WONDERFUL!
First, you look at them and see that they actually turned into great, upstanding and contributing members of society. They got their brains back and you see all the smarts that you knew were in there the whole time and instead of guilt for allegedly threatening to "crack some skulls", you get the reward of seeing that they actually like you again and you enjoy them as your best friends!
Second, even is husband isn't super great in the present department - your children (now adults) will be. You freaking get AWESOME prizey's!!
So to all my younger mom friends - hang in there. I promise you it get better. So.Much.Better!!
For me this year? The day was wonderful. Yes, I missed the boys being little and dressing up as waiters. Taking my breakfast order and serving me in bed, but Splenda took care of that and I was treated to eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, biscuits and diet coke on the rocks. Pretty stellar.
Church was delightful. Couldn't have had better speakers and then our ward gave us these treats:
After church, I came home to Tuffy and 'Tana waiting for us with a huge gift bag:
(exhibit A that my kids truly know my loves)
Splenda attended his ward for High Council and then we headed over to his Mom's (meeting up with Luke and Mindy) for a visit.
They spoiled me too!:
(exhibit B - more things that my kids know I love)
Then it was all of us over to my mom's for a bbq with my brother, my BFSIL and all our kids. John grills a mean steak and the dinner was delish!
At one point (it's kind of blur now) I saw an unattended phone. I played with it. My BFSIL (pictured directly above) blogged about it. Click here to read her story. She's a much better writer than I am (proof is, she's published 4 books whereas I have not)
After that hysterical fun, my little chickens all gathered at my house for movie night. I loved getting to talk to the SoCal kids a bit and love the prize that came in the mail yesterday:
(exhibit C - it's an ELEPHANT! my kids know what I love)
It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the temp was warm, my kids were here, we laughed, we shared memories and Splenda was at my side. Simply beautiful.
I usually take flowers over to Jill from Chloee, but I didn't get a chance on that day. However, I did make a couple of recent visits and shared some flowers with her.
Last order of business for the night was a funny Mom's day card and gift card from the Splenda Daddy.
(exhibit D - with strict instructions that I could NOT purchase anything for anyone else but that it all had to be for me. Splenda knows me so well )
So, another Mother's Day in the books. Hope yours was wonderful and if it wasn't (let's be honest - sometimes they aren't) - keep on keeping on and HANG IN THERE - they get better. So, SO much better!