Mother’s Day is always a strange holiday for me. I feel hesitant to make any sort of plans or have any input because it’s supposed to be about me and other than my birthday, there isn’t any other day quite like it. And even a birthday isn’t quite the same because you can celebrate yourself on your birthday. But I just don’t feel right celebrating myself on Mother’s Day. In essence, it’s a day where it’s up to others to celebrate you, if they so choose.
I always feel bad for those who kind of get the shaft on Mother’s Day. Not necessarily those who are sick or have spouses traveling or unavailable those days, or whatever. Though yes, that does suck too. But the ones who’s husbands just completely drop the ball. Don’t recognize the holiday at all, or just don’t have a proper grasp of just how to celebrate it. That make their wives get up at the crack of dawn with the kids, make breakfast/lunch/dinner for everyone, do bathtime, bedtime, etc. You know, like any average day. But they’ll give her a card and expect that to be good enough. Give the poor woman a DAY OFF. That doesn’t mean she should have to seclude herself entirely from her family. Some women dig that, I know, but I do like to spend some nice, quality time with my family on Mother’s Day. And it doesn’t mean I don’t expect to change a diaper here and there, wipe a nose, put a child to bed, etc and so on. But at the same time, it’s nice to know that if I didn’t really want to? That I wouldn’t have to.
Anyhow. That totally wasn’t the point of this post. I just got completely off track. SNORT.
Yesterday was great for me. I was woken up after a nice, leisurely morning of sleeping in, by Harry and Kile bringing me breakfast in bed. Kile had made me Eggs Benedict, with his famous hollandaise sauce which I SWEAR is the best I’ve ever tasted. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water. I had nice, strong coffee and sweet, pulpy orange juice to go with it. It was perfect. Harry bestowed me with several homemade gifts and a very sweet card he had made. Kile got the little ones up out of bed and I was presented with THREE gift cards to the Apple Store! Just perfect, as I had a few things on my shopping list that I wanted to get from there.
I was then left alone and normally I would be tempted to go downstairs and hang out with the family. But instead I chose to just embrace the time alone. I turned the TV on and watched a movie on HBO while I finished up my breakfast, played on my iPhone, checked my email. I took a nice, hot shower and got myself ready for the day at a leisurely pace. It was basically unlike any other morning I generally have and that was totally the point. It was a nice departure from the norm. I was so glad to have that opportunity.
I went downstairs to relieve Kile while he went up to take his own shower and get ready. Then he got the little ones ready, even though I was fully prepared to get one, if not both, ready myself. So that was nice too. We headed out and had lunch at the Macaroni Grill. We haven’t eaten there a lot lately, we used to eat there all the time. They’d raised their prices, which made me cringe, but we sat out on the patio to enjoy the nice warm day and that was great. We didn’t have to worry as much about the little ones making a lot of noise and throwing food on the ground and we got to enjoy the breeze and the sights.
After that, we stopped by Old Navy, mostly because I had to use the restroom and we knew there was a bathroom there. But while we were in there, I couldn’t help but notice they were having a major winter clearance sale. I got a couple of shirts for under $2 apiece! So I guess I take back what I said about Old Navy a couple weeks ago. I figure I got my due out of them with that awesome sale. Kile even got another pair of swim trunks for our vacation this summer and he’s really psyched cuz they have a skull on them and we figure that’s very “pirate-y” which should fit in well with the whole Disney vibe.
We went to the Apple Store next and I had a heck of a time picking out what I wanted to get. I really wanted another USB charger for my iPhone. The one that came with it was looking very beat up and sad, plus I wanted to have one that I could use at night to keep my phone plugged in on my nightstand and then one to keep down with the laptop. I also wanted a case for my MacBook to protect it from the elements (read: Liam and Evie). They also had a keyboard cover that I thought would be a good idea (and still do) and a trackpad protector (also need this pretty badly). BUT, I ended up going with a new case for my iPhone. The old one was torn on one corner and I wanted something see-through and perhaps with a screen protector. I’m VERY happy with the case I picked, it’s perfect and it honestly feels like having a new phone. I’m thrilled with it, to say the least, so I think I made the right choice.
I still have a little money left on my gift cards so maybe after I make some money I’ll go back down and get the keyboard cover or something.
We stopped to pick up a few groceries for dinner and some Rockstars to get me through the week (I am seriously addicted to this stuff). I also got a prescription refill. Fun stuff! When we got home, we watching “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” that Kile had rented off RedBox. It was good, but nothing spectacular, as far as we were concerned. It was a long movie and considering we were trying to watch it in the afternoon/evening with kids running around, probably not the best decision. But oh well. The effects were great and it was a fascinating story so I’ll give it that.
After dinner (steak and potatoes), we had a heck of a time getting the little ones to bed. Or at least I did. Evie was very resistant to going to sleep, being very crabby and clingy. But I finally did get her down and we tried to watch “The Fifth Element” (one of our longtime favorites) downstairs. Of course, we were both EXHAUSTED by that point and were in bed by 10pm. WOW. That just NEVER happens these days. But dang, it sure felt good.
So how was everyone else’s Mother’s Day? Did you do any celebrating? Did you get celebrated? Was it a nice day for you? I think that’s all I can really ask for: a nice day. And it was definitely that!