“It’s Mother’s Day! I have a surprise for you!” My 3 year old announced on Saturday afternoon.
“Shouldn’t we like, wait until tomorrow?” I asked her.
“Nope. Today.” She said and started following me around the house with this box:
I went upstairs, she followed me. I went downstairs, she followed me. I went to the bathroom, she patiently waited outside the door with her box until I came back out. “Please mommy! Please! I made you flowers with straws and leaves. Now close your eyes and be surprised! I’ll open it for you.”
How could I resist?
I’ve been looking forward to homemade flowers, cards, and macaroni necklaces from Violet ever since Mariyah and James passed that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad milestone where they stopped making me handmade Mother’s Day gifts in school (I did get a sweet poem from Mariyah this year, but it was a bit personal so I thought I shouldn’t share it). My heart may have swelled three sizes when Violet told me she’d been working hard on my present all week, then James and Mariyah backed her up and agreed she had indeed been working very hard all week.
On the actual Mother’s Day we mostly worked in the yard. The kids had told me I could do whatever I wanted, so I picked stay home and relax (much to their disappointment – apparently they had hoped I would pick to take them to the pool). James asked me what the one thing I really wanted for Mother’s Day was.
Naturally I answered “A day where no one bickers with their siblings.”
“Mom! I meant something we could really give you!”
Oh. Right. Well, some plants would be nice too.
One of the problems in the city which I’m not sure you get in the suburbs as much, is that when it rains, the rain doesn’t have anywhere to go. Everything is paved over, so the rain will make it’s way toward whatever little grass patches it can find. Little yards like ours flood like crazy.
We’ve had a ton of rain lately, and our backyard is toward the bottom of a hill, so it’s pretty much turned into a mud pit. A big goal right now is to get some plants growing that will drink up some of this rain water. Rob and James brought a bunch of beautiful things home, and we also put in some more stone walls to try and stop some of the erosion we’ve got going on. Getting this little project finished may not have been a day at the spa, but it certainly made for an A+ Mother’s Day.
They may not have been able to give me the gift of a bicker free Sunday, but I sure do love these people.