I had such a sweet Mother’s Day weekend this year, so I thought I’d share a few snippets of how we celebrated. I know so many people are vehemently against “greeting card holidays” like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. I can never truly understand why. Of course we should honor our parents and tell our loved ones how precious they are to us more than one day a year. BUT, I see nothing wrong with a special, dedicated day to really remind us to go that extra mile in pouring out our appreciation. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or cost a lot of money (or any at all, frankly!). I am always happy to have a reason to celebrate the blessings in my life. Mother’s Day is not about getting spoiled by my family (obviously not opposed to that, though! ha!), but about reveling in the joy of motherhood itself. I want to spend special time with my family, slow down a little (read: not do dishes for a day), and just reflect on the wonderful privilege of mothering my two children.
TWO! This year I have two beautiful children, making this Mother’s Day extra special. We are so close to the finish line with finalizing our adoption with Noah so it won’t be long before you see his sweet face. 🙂 Everyday with him is a joy and I can’t wait to share more about our journey and experience. I thank God for these two precious blessings.
On Saturday I kicked off the weekend in the best way possible: working at the Giant Playdate by the Alliance of Moms. This special event is a fundraiser for the Alliance for Children’s Rights — a non profit organization that advocates for LA’s foster kids. I was honored to plan + design this year’s playdate. It was a ton of fun (and a great change of pace from weddings) and I had the double joy of bringing my kiddos along for the last hour! I will be sharing many more photos from this event in a full blog post down the line but here are a few sneak peeks for now.
endless entertainment from best bubble parties
The following photos are by the incredible Abby and Lauren…
she LOVED this camp craft station where she made me an adorable wooden bead necklace
On Sunday morning, I woke up to an excited Olive and Erik at my bedside. They had a card and a few hilarious gifts that Olive chose for me (one was a Barbie doll which she has now taken back for herself and the other was a light-changing bouncy ball). We went to church and then had our usual post-church lunch of In-N-Out. We then hit the road to Cambria, where we have gone to celebrate every Mother’s Day since 2012. I grab an olallieberry iced team at Linn’s and we strolled around the antique and garden shops together. The weather was perfect and we had such a lovely afternoon. We returned home for Olive’s nap and then went for Thai food for dinner (my fav) before doing a Target run before bedtime. Nothing super fancy but a joyful day spent with my three favorite people. I couldn’t ask for more.
This week we’ve been working hard at purging and organizing (perhaps for an upcoming garage sale?) and putting finishing touches on Noah’s nursery. I’ll share soon! I also am working on final preparations for next weekend’s weekend in southern California.
I hope you are having a great week so far; see you again soon!