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Mother’s Day Weekend Recap

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Hi All,

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was busy, but fun! Friday night we went to a colleague’s tenure potluck party with the fam. Saturday we ran some errands, went to a park, and spent some time at our neighborhood pool.

The girls have seen me do at-home yoga a time or two. 😉 Random tip for other yoga-loving parents – have you heard of Cosmic Kids yoga??? I find FREE kids yoga videos from Cosmic Kids on YouTube and the girls adore it! Their favorite is the Elsa yoga, but all of them that we’ve seen have been great (they basically tell a Disney story while doing yoga to make it kid-friendly).

And Sunday, of course, was Mother’s Day. I haven’t been sleeping great lately, so my first “gift” was the gift of peace and quiet! Hubs got up with the girls and got breakfast under control so I could sleep in. I got a full 8 hours of sleep and it felt GLORIOUS!!!

I’d requested doing something physically active for the day and it was set to get HOT, so we decided to head out right away in the morning. We debated between a hike and a family jog/bike-ride (when we do this, the adults will jog and the kids ride bikes), but in the end we opted for a hike on a new-to-us trail. 

We did the Wild Burro trail; the trail head is just inside the gates of the Ritz Carlton grounds so it seems SUPER SWANKY, but in the end…it’s just a trail. lol. Wasn’t the greatest hiking trail – no fantastic views or anything – but it was a lovely scenic drive on the way there and back and it was 100% FREE, so you can’t argue with that! We followed it up with lunch at home, another trip back to the neighborhood pool (twice in one weekend – summer must be upon us!!), and some lounge time reading on our couch at home. All-in-all, a lovely weekend.

Our only real Mother’s Day-related “splurge” were these matching Old Navy shirts that we got on sale (I think $7 each?? They were very inexpensive). The girls’ said “Super Kid” and mine said “Super Mom.” Last Mother’s Day, my mom gifted us girls matching PJ sets and I loved it SO MUCH that I would really like to do an annual Mother’s Day matching Mom-And-Me clothes tradition. Doesn’t have to be fancy. $7 Old Navy shirts certainly aren’t. But it’s a little thing that meant a lot to me and as the shirts are in leu of any other Mother’s Day gifts and are super sentimental, I don’t think it’s too frivolous. (For the record – the girls also made me a gorgeous gift basket from their school with all kinds of kid-made gifts!!! Turns out, that’s what the ceramic craft was all about!!! Their teachers are good!!! Hubs got me a nice card and a small bouquet of cheaper flowers. Nothing lavish or crazy.)

Mother’s Day is strange because it’s kind of a tough holiday. It makes me reflect on and be thankful for my own mother and other matriarchs in my life living and gone (grandmothers, friends’ mothers, etc.). It also makes me hyper-aware of my friends who are single mothers, or those who have lost their moms, or those who are trying to be mothers and struggling with infertility or the loss of a child. Just this year one of my sister’s best friends lost her 4-year-old daughter to childhood cancer. So I am aware of the struggle and hurt that many go through on this day. And I also reflect on my own daughters. So grateful that I get to be their mommy. But also aware of my many flaws and the mistakes I have made on our journey together. I’m so thankful that each day is a new day to get it right. Both in motherhood, and in finances alike. 😉

Sorry for the absence. May has got me like “whoa!” Graduation was this past Friday so it’s officially our summer “break” (said in quotations because I am on a 12-month contract….but things are certainly less chaotic during summer). I’ll be back soon with more posts and financial updates. Until then – hug your mom (or your dad, or your spouse, or your friend, or even just yourself). Hugs!

~Ashley


Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day all!

We’re having a pretty low-key Mother’s Day this year. This is our first full weekend back from the cruise. I flew in late last Sunday night, but hubs just drove back with his mom & the girls on Tuesday so we’re still dealing with the unpacking and tidying up that comes after any trip.

I was really mad at myself this year because with all the cruise hubbub I really let Mother’s Day get away from me! Every year I like to do something for all the special Moms in our life (of which we have 5, between Moms/MILs and grandmas). I should’ve planned something before our trip but I didn’t and was left scrambling last-minute for some idea that wouldn’t cost much, like online Mothers Day cards . However, I wanted it to be homemade by the girls and yours truly, and able to be pulled together QUICK given that I knew it was definitely going to be late (womp, womp!) I’ll be the first to admit that this year’s gift was a little lackluster. Here’s a picture of one of them:

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Yep. The traditional homemade M-O-M card.

This is our first year doing this style of card. In previous years (see here or here), I always put a little more effort to having the item be handmade by the girls, with my help assembling things. But now that the girls are learning and growing by leaps and bounds (I started blogging here when they were just 20 months and they’re now almost 4 years old! *tear* ), I wanted to put their ever-expanding vocabulary to use! So I wrote the Moms’ names (Grandma, Nana, Grams, Mamaw, and Nan), then I helped the girls to brainstorm words that started with the letters in the person’s name. After that was done, I wrote little notes to each person on the back and the girls signed their own names!!! Well….kinda. They’re SOCLOSE to writing on their own, but they do better with tracing so I did the dotted outline and they traced over the top. I made a little note to make sure the recipient knew these were authentic signatures! A fun milestone for the littles to celebrate! : )

I hastily ordered a few recent pictures of the girls from Costco (basic 4×6 size) and slipped everything into an envelope. Dropped it off at the post office on Saturday (yup – I told you they were gonna be late!) and we were DONE!

I know our grandmas love kid crafts and pictures, and they are always welcomed gifts! Plus the special touches (e.g., the girls picked the words themselves & signed their own names) make it all that more meaningful. I still feel a little guilty that the gifts are going to be late and it was so rushed in its execution but I always think it’s the thought that counts, and better late than never! A lot of love went into these gifts!

What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year? What do you normally get the special “Moms” in your life?


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