You wouldn’t know it by looking at these photos but my Mother’s Day this year started off with tears.
I made a reservation for brunch at the Early Bird Restaurant in DTC, it was an early one, but since my girls wake up around the 6 am mark, it wouldn’t be a problem. Or would it? We had a bit of resistance getting ready, I can’t even recall what happened to set Lo off, but regardless, once she’s in a mood, it’s not a fast recovery. She said hurtful words, there was time spent disciplining and scolding, then trying to coax her to get ready….We didn’t leave the house until ten til the reservation time, only to drive around the block and drop her and Baba off because she wouldn’t calm down and there was no way we could see sitting through breakfast with her.
So, I was going to go ahead and go with just Rem, but I sat there in the driveway and watched Baba carry a thrashing girl into the house, and I just couldn’t leave half my family. So we went back inside. I calmed her down, somehow, and we all got it together as a four top and made it JUST in time for our table.
We had a delicious meal together, and they were so well behaved! A Mother’s Day miracle! Remy had got dressed that morning all by herself, and put lip gloss on and wanted to carry a purse! So, naturally, Lo wanted to carry a purse too, and this meant that I, of course, ended up with three purses by the end of our afternoon.
Baba treated us to a train ride downtown to Union Station for ice cream and coffee (for Mama) because it’s one of our favorite places to go together. We had perfect weather, I had two perfect little girls, and a loving husband who made sure I had a great Mother’s Day and made it special.
It was sunny and warm enough for the girls to splash through the fountains for the first time this season, and the afternoon felt very peaceful and just what I needed, a day in the city with my family.
A few favorite memories this year: a dat or so before Mother’s Day Rem surprised me with a decorative cardboard box, one that had a specialty soap in it, and she had a tiny porcelain tea cup from her set inside, and in that was a Lego person who was supposed to be me. I melted. Lo did a sweet little interview at her pre-school, an event they did last year when Rem was a student there. Now I have two beautiful flowers made from tissue paper that they both gave me at that special celebration, they’re in a vase on my night stand. Rem brought home a card made at school and it made me well up. Husband’s card may have come on Monday, but his hand written message was just what I needed. These gestures of appreciation filled me up. Thank you and I love you family.