Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! This was my second one since becoming a mom, and since Lillian was six months old the first time around, there weren’t any kid-made gifts. But this year, she’s a toddler going to an awesome daycare where they do all kinds of arts and crafts, and on Friday I was pleasantly surprised to receive this lovely mug:
All the kids got to draw on one as a Mother’s Day gift, and this was Lillian’s delightfully scribbly design! I’m so excited about this first of what’s sure to be many kid-crafted gifts to treasure. (The mugs were apparently baked in some way and should stand up to normal hand-washing, though I don’t think I’ll ever risk putting it in the dishwasher.)
Mother’s Day was really great, though. Joe took it upon himself to take care of every possible chore, and I slept in until I couldn’t sleep anymore if I tried. Then I took my time enjoying a cup of coffee and getting showered and ready for the day, and then Lillian and I hung out for a while so Joe could get showered and ready — we went all the way around the block with her big bouncy ball in tow, and then ran to the store to pick up a few things. Lillian behaved like a perfect little angel on this brief shopping trip, and I can only suspect Joe must have whispered to her at some point earlier, “be extra good for Mommy today.”
Afterwards, we went up to my aunts’ house for a cookout with my family, though we ended up eating our burgers and hot dogs inside since it was a bit chilly. Lillian enjoyed a hot dog cut into tiny pieces, and had a good time running around their big carpeted house. We looked at some photos my uncle had taken of some of that flooding we got last month, and my mom snapped this photo of me and Lillian at one point:
When we got home, Joe got Lillian bathed and put to bed, and took care of the laundry and other chores, while I worked outside in the yard for a few hours… which may sound like a back-breaking chore itself, but I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug in a pretty serious way lately and couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Sadly I ran out of daylight all too soon, though.
All in all I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful Mother’s Day, and plan to give Joe the same treatment on Father’s Day… a prospect that I am both looking forward to (because he’s the awesomest daddy ever and deserves it) and dreading (because ohmygod is it going to be a lot of work!)
I hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!