Sunday, May 12, 2013

Step Away From the Lemon, Ma’am

I’m so happy I could shine in the dark. Between massages, flowers, a family BBQ and even an early morning wake up call, this has been a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.

I am so lucky to be Brayden’s mommy. Each Mother’s Day gets better and better and this year was no exception. It has been a truly fantastic three days.

On Friday morning, Brayden’s daycare hosted a Mother’s Day breakfast. When I showed up at school, Brayden was so excited to give me my gift—a pretty purple plant in a pot decorated with his hand and foot prints. Needless to say, I adore it.

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After work, my incredibly sweet boyfriend, Shawn, took me to a really nice spa for some Mother’s Day pampering. I was so incredibly relaxed that at dinner I couldn’t even put lemon in my water. I picked it up, barely squeezed it and shot it across the table. Then I grabbed it again, still couldn’t hold on and sent it flying again. Shawn told me to back away from the lemon and politely did it for me.

Forget Quaaludes, apparently all I need is a good massage to incapacitate me.

Saturday was a beautiful day, and Shawn, Brayden and I went up to a little old mining town called Virginia City for their annual Chili Cook Off. Brayden jumped in the bounce house, touched a snake and even got to feed a donkey some carrots. Quite the Western adventure for a two-year-old!

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The official holiday itself started off pretty tiring. Brayden is a good sleeper and almost always out until 7 a.m. or later (“almost” being the operative word). Apparently, Mother’s Day is on the exception list because he was up and ready to party at 5:15 a.m.

Our list of things to do included calling our grandmothers in Connecticut. Earlier in the week, Brayden and I picked out and mailed card for everyone.

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The morning became even brighter when Shawn unexpectedly showed up with a Frappuccino. Brayden was enamored of the drink and immediately declared it “too heavy” for me to hold so he offered to hold (and drink) it for me.

Mother’s Day afternoon was the grand finale of the weekend—Nana, Papa and Uncle Ryan (my mom, dad and brother) came over along with Shawn and his parents to celebrate the day. We all exchanged gifts, and I received an adorable card and dinner out from my little b and a big, lovely arrangement of potted plants from Shawn’s mom.

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The weather was gorgeous, the food was great (cooked on my new Weber grill!) and we all had a wonderful time that went happily into the evening.

I can’t believe this is my third Mother’s Day. And like I said in the beginning of the post, these special days in May just keep getting better as the years go by. My beautiful son is happy and healthy, and I have so much love in my life. I feel truly blessed.

Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends and family who are moms. I hope you spent the day with your families being appreciated for the love, support and effort you give every day.

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