mother’s day 2011

Isn’t Mother’s Day a wonderful day? It far exceeds Christmas and my birthday if you ask me. And no, not just because it’s a day centered around myself. Rather, it’s a day to sit back, relax and enjoy my family. My favorite part of the day are the homemade gifts. Wait. Actually, it’s not just the gifts. It’s the gifts plus the look of excitement on my kids’ faces when they give them to me. There’s nothing better than that!

This year, we changed up our plans a bit. Normally the kids would make me breakfast and coffee (usually enjoyed in bed) but since my husband’s Aunt and Grandmother were still in from Pennsylvania, we decided to go to my sister-in-law’s house for bagels. I was just impressed with myself that I was out and presentable at 9:30am. Perhaps you don’t know, but I am the furthest thing from a morning person that you’ll come across.

After breakfast, we spent the afternoon at home. The kids and Vin washed my car inside and out. I was showered with handmade gifts, flowers and gift cards to iTunes and Starbucks. Then we went to my other sister-in-law’s to have a BBQ with her and my Mom. It was a fun, relaxing day.

Now for those handmade treats which I so look forward to…

Grace made me this beautiful flower garden. They are stuck into a painted egg carton base. She keeps telling me that Miss Tara (one of her teachers) made it so I have no doubt that the teachers had many hands in this project. Afterall, Grace is 2. But I am going to take my chances and say that she definitely had something to do with the placement of that red smiley face sticker.

She also gave me a set of handprints. *sniff* I am always a fan of the handprints.

In case you haven’t seen this popular poem before, it says:

“Sometimes you get discouraged because I am so small,
And always leave my handprints on the furniture and walls.
But everyday I’m growing up and soon I’ll be so tall,
That these little handprints will be hard to recall.
So here’s a little handprint that you’ll remember with a smile,
From Mother’s Day 2011 and for a long, long while.”

The older kids have a plant sale at school which includes boutique items as well. Emily bought me a beautiful sonic white potted impatien, a heart-shaped key chain and made me this in class:

That’s a lot of cutting! I’m impressed. :)

She also wrote me a card and inside it read (I left her grammatical errors as-is):

Dear Mom,
Happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much. Your the best Mom in the world. Know one else can have a Mom like you. You do everything for me.
Love, Emily

Andrew made me this paint & wax crayon picture of him and I. Very colorful. I am digging my electric violet dress.

I also love his little fact sheet about me.

My Mom
My mom’s name is Gina.
I like to call her mommy.
My mom has brown hair, brown eyes and long hair.
My mom’s job is a photographer.
My mom likes to play on her I phone, lay in bed and cook.
My mom and I like to watch Back to the Future and spend time together.
My mom is special because she loves me.
Happy Mother’s Day!
May 2011
I love you!

Instead of buying me a plant, he used all of his boutique money to buy me this:

It’s beautiful and the look on his face when he watched me unwrap it was priceless. This is also the first school boutique item he as bought for me that didn’t say Grandma. :)

And finally, two photos.

Me & my babies.

Me and my Mom.

I hope all of the mommies out there had a wonderful day!






3 responses to “mother’s day 2011”

  1. shannon Avatar

    What a beautiful collection of thoughtful gifts! Happy Mother’s Day, Gi!

  2. denali Avatar

    Awwwww! Yup, that pretty much covers it: AWWWWW!

    Oh, but my favorite part might be your Dad’s reflection in the photo of you and your Mom :) Cute necklace, btw.

  3. Diane Enarson Avatar

    So darn cute! I love it!! The homemade crafts are the best…and it’s especially funny reading some the the stuff they write about you! My Kylie made me a book with drawings and it had sentences that she had to fill in…Two of my favorites…”My mom and I are alike because….we are both lazy!” (UH?!!! where she get that from?”….and “I am proud of my mom because she is Brave” then she drew a photo of me falling with a camera in my hand and screaming…”save the camera”…(This was in reference to the one time during a photoshoot I fell off the stool and nearly embedded myself in the sharp planter but managed to hold onto the camera!) hahahhah…
    Being a mom is the best. Glad you had a great day!

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