I did. And it all started with a sunny 6am wakeup call from Little Dude and Little Diva. They woke me up with huge grins on their faces and were all psyched to give me their gifts. Grandma had taken them shopping and worked on projects the week prior. I was told that Little Diva picked out very special, thoughtful gifts for me.
I received a beautiful Mom necklace and a decorated cookie cake. They also selected a mother's appreciation wine glass to add to my collection of hand-painted wine glasses. But, my favorite gifts included this set of three Willow Tree figurines (which I collect). Little Diva hand-picked the three figurines to represent our new family .... and I love them (especially the mommy holding the home). I'm told that the lady from the Hallmark store was heartwarmed by Little Diva's thoughtful choices. The kids also recorded their voices in a scrapbook filled with recent photos of them.
I also received some great handmade items from home and school. My favorite was a card that Little Diva made. Some of the laughs were that my favorite music is John Mayer, favorite color is dark pink and my favorite show is reality tv. She hit it all right on the head. The outside was decorated with all sorts of flowers, butterflies and other creatures from nature. She made them from hand-drawn hearts and said, "Mommy, can you find all 28 hearts?". My kid is so friggin' creative ... and artistic ... I adore her!
We spent the day at a family cookout and the weather was fabulous! It's about time. I was beginning to wonder if spring was ever going to happen. It was nice just being able to sit out in my pink lawn chair and watch them play with their cousins, enjoy food and good company. We also got a nice walk in after lunch and it brought back some awesome memories I had from my childhood .... walking around town with my extended family and enjoying eachothers company. This time I was with my own children. A really nice moment.
The kids and I got back to our home and I wanted to continue enjoying the beautiful day. I hadn't gotten my run in for the day (even though I ran a 20K yesterday) and asked them if they'd join me for my run outside. They agreed.
I put on my "Running Mommy = Happy Mommy" tee ... and a Bondi Band ... and we headed out the door immediately.
We headed out with the Little Dude in the Little Red Car and Little Diva on her pink scooter. We ventured out on our new neighborhood's bike path and did a 5K route and visited a new neighborhood park on our route. The kids had a blast and knew they were making my day. They kept saying, "Happy Mother's Day, Mommy." and "I hope this makes you happy" and "Thank you for letting me join you on your run.". They sure know how to get me!!
We went inside and the kids played and I finished off another 5K on the treadmill.
Everything seem right. Everything seem perfect.
It's just the three of us now.
It's Mother's Day. And, I'm a single parent.
I'm ok with it. It's perfect.
WE ARE STILL A FAMILY.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!