Weekend Fun: Mother’s Day Edition

  I hope you all had a WONDERFUL weekend and Mother’s Day!  I spent my first Mothers Day ever, at home with my family.  Dale usually works at his mom’s restaurant on Mother’s Day, helping her with her Mother’s Day Buffet, as his gift to her.  I head home after church with our kids and the cousins, and have them nap and or play until about 2. Then, we go up to eat the leftovers with the family. It is a great tradition, and something we have just always done.  But this year, Dale asked off.  He decided this Mother’s Day, he wanted to be home together.  It was amazing and I felt very pampered and special!

   So, the day started with sleeping in.  I didn’t even know I knew HOW to sleep in anymore!  I photographed a wedding reception Saturday night and got home late, so it was almost 9:00 before I woke up. NINE!  Do you know how late that is around here?  Church started at 9:15, so there was noooo way we were going to make it.  

  They brought me breakfast in bed, as they have in years past. I am making it way easier on them, because this is my breakfast now: a nutrition drink! Mmmm.   mom 1

 Then I opened presents; a card from Destiny, a key chain from Ty {not pictured} and a sun catcher from Avery.  Oh, and Tulips from Dale! They are in a giant Ball Jar and just gorgeous! {use your imagination, it’s too dark to go take a picture now}

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  We just hung out and had a leisurely morning together.  Dale spent an hour and a half in the kitchen making lunch.  LOOK at it, oh my goodness, he did amazing….

Steak, Rosemary New Potatoes, with sautéed Asparagus & Morel Mushrooms.  For dessert he and the boys made a PIE!  Mmmmmmmm!mom 3

{Psst, I will be blogging the pie this summer! It is delicious!}

  Nap time was spent editing photos and making Destiny some ribbon flip-flops, and then we headed to the Zoo.  So fun!

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New Dino Dig exhibit, super cool!mom 7

Oh NO, a T-Rex is eating my children!


  Do you see the spider web in the next collage?  I have a picture on this exact Spider Web {middle left} with my cousins when I was a kid!  I told the kids to “Be a spider,” and they did the SAME hand actions I was doing in my old picture too. Crazy cool!

Too bad I can’t find it, or I’d share it with you.  🙂mom 8

Destiny and Pax were NOT feelin’ the tarantula exhibit.mom 9

My little Prairie Dogs….mom 10mom 11mom 13

Check out this amazing tree! The blooms grow right out of the trunk and branches.  Our Creator is SO creative!!!!!

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  After the zoo, we headed to THE fountain.  I say THE, because this is where Dale and I came after our first “group date” to the movies as friends.  We sat on a bench in front of this very fountain and he put his arm around me.  I leaned forward, out of his reach, and said, “Do you put your arm around ALL your friends?”  Haha, sassy girl! 

Needless to say, I feel in love that summer, and the rest is HIStory.

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  Papa John’s had a BOGO pizza deal, so we grabbed a couple Larges and headed to the park for a picnic.  I had already packed waters and carrot sticks because I was hoping this would be our supper plans.mom 18

Check out that Mom on her husband’s Smart Phone in the center picture above.  WHAT is she thinking?  Shouldn’t she watch her childrens EVERY MOVE at the park!?  {haha!}

   Dale and I were cracking up when he took that photo. I really was messaging a family member, but then quickly put it away to run and play with the kids.  See? It’s all about finding a balance.  RIGHT!? 🙂  I even had on the same hat as in the Dear Mom On the iPhone post, too!  Oh the irony.

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Last, but not least, the older kids had FIVE free Ice Cream certificates from Braum’s that expired in June, so who were we to let such a good deal go to waste?  Ice cream treats for everyone!

  The kids were beginning to think this Mom’s Day stuff was pretty good for kids too!

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Being a Mom is messy, its hard, and sometimes I want to pull my hair out.  But most days, I walk around my home with a song in my heart, because THIS is what I have dreamed of my whole life……. IMG_2708 The good days are great, the bad days are exhausting, and the rest just fades away in the sticky fingered glory of it all…….

Hope you had a Happy Momma’s Day!


8 thoughts on “Weekend Fun: Mother’s Day Edition

  1. Ooohh, Looks like you had a fun and special day! Love it when you can just spend It as a family.:) You meal looked so good. I love it when hubby makes meals like that for me too!:)
    That tree was AMAZING! Do you know what kind it is? I have never seen one like that. Maybe it is cuz I live in the east not the west! hehe!:)
    Also, did you make your hat? I love it. It is so cute and girly! You should see mu new purse! It is camo and BLINGED OUT! Hubby likes the camo and I like the BLING and turquoise.:)
    Oh and I am glad that you had such beautiful weather! It’s been sooo cold here yesterday and today! Only in the 40’s!!!! :)What? It IS May right? Oh well, God want it cold for some reason.;)

    Sending love and hugs to you sweet friend,

  2. Oh how my heart is blessed to get to share…and see…all about your lovely Mom’s Day. How sweet that Dale fixed delicious food and you got to experience the zoo. Sounds like a perfect day…fit for a Perfect Mom. I SO love the photos! XO

  3. What a wonderful, wonderful day! The Lord has truly blessed you indeed…and might I say He has also blessed your children as well with such a great Mom. 🙂

  4. What a great way to spend Mother’s Day as a family! We saw a tree like that in Newton last week across the street from Wendy and Steve’s house.

    Love, Great Grandma

  5. Yes, I had a great day with my mom! I haven’t spent Mother’s Day with my mom in many, many years. And one of my daughters and a grandson were here also. I would liked to have seen all six of my kids and all 15 grandkids but they have their own lives now and their own families to spend the day with. Just like I did all those years away from my mom on Mother’s Day. Great pictures (except the snake)!

  6. Seeing your day was just heart warming!
    My Mom’s day was one of my best ever and spent with my family they took me to my favorite place to eat and showered me with beautiful flowing plants and home made cards( my favorite) and just having the day together is more then I can ask for!
    It does a Mothers heart good to have all of her chicks with her for the whole day 🙂

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