Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day Weekend (Family, Food, & The Hunger Games)

Our Mother's Day cake from my favorite bakery.

Hope all you mamas out there enjoyed Mother's Day.  I'm still not used to people saying Happy Mother's Day to me, and this is basically my fourth Mother's Day.  I guess I only think of my own mom when it comes down to it.

Speaking of that, I realize how incredibly blessed I am to still have my mother.  I hear people say all the time to enjoy your mother while you have her, and I really try to do that.  Not only am I thankful that she's here and healthy, but I'm also thankful for the person she is.  She's so caring and understanding, yet she's spunky and funny.  I know I've said this many times, but she is THE most genuine person I know.  And she puts up with me, which says a lot.

On Mother's Day, I woke up to the funniest little girl in the world who, after telling me "Happy Mother's Day" and that "they (she and her daddy) love me," that it was actually Valentine's Day, not Mother's Day.  I'll take it.  I guess that means she really loves her mama.

 I then got to spend a couple of hours with mom, grandma, and aunts...

...all women who helped raise me.  I'm tellin ya, I come from good stock.  Loving, hardworking women.

Grandkids (+1 Great Grand)

We had just a small lunch at my grandmother's house with her four (of five) daughters and four (of her 12) grandkids.  It was simple and sweet...and then we all went home to spend the rest of the day with other family/friends.

My in-laws were in our area this weekend, too.  We went to a baseball game, DK's spring football game, and went to dinner a couple of times.  My mother- and sister-in-law offered to take M to soccer Saturday morning so I could have some "me" time.  Wasn't that kind? I was SO grateful. Time alone to do something for me?  I'll take it.

So I pulled up my movie app and found a local theater that had a morning show for The Hunger Games.  The timing was perfect because I'd just FINALLY finished the book and was hoping I'd get a chance to catch the movie before it left theaters.  I've had students for the past few years rave about The Hunger Games book and I honestly didn't have any interest in it until they made a big movie out of it.  And if I go see the movie, I HAVE to read the book first. So I did, and I was surprised that I really liked the book.  And I thought the movie was pretty awesome, too (Jennifer Lawrence was GREAT).  Two and a half hours of watching a movie with nothing or no one calling my name (like a messy kitchen or a three-year-old who calls me every five minutes from her bed) -- just what Mama needed.

So Mother's Day weekend was a perfect mixture of activity and "me" time.  And lots of little reminders of just how very blessed I am.

Hope you guys are having a good week. May has been busy, and I still have a few more things to do.  Looking forward to a more relaxing June.

~ G

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