Mother’s Day is on Sunday. This year I actually wish Mother’s Day would come and go without me noticing. I lost my mom to cancer almost a year ago, and she has been on my mom constantly these last few weeks. Seeing commercials, social media posts and friends talking about their mom, and what they are doing with their mom has frankly put me in a bad mood.
I than began to realize that Mother’s Day now should be about me and my sons. I have two amazing boys that I love more than myself. Now instead of focusing on my mother and myself, this year I am focusing my energy on my boys and how we can celebrate Mother’s Day together. When my boys were younger (in diapers) I wanted to spend my day away from my boys…I wanted a “day off” which is still amazing but I can do that at any point….because I have an amazing husband. Now that they are older, I want the day to be about our family and enjoy doing some of my favorite things. Now some of these ideas may not be the first thing on their list but it is MY DAY and I should be able to pick, right?
Garden – I’ve been known to spend 8-9 hours in the garden on Mother’s Day. This part is for the husband’s – if gardening is your thing, go to a nursery with the kids and purchase a perennial together to give to mom. You can head out to the garden and plant it together, each year you can look back and remember all the plants you have planted together with your kids.
Have a Picnic – We have so many amazing parks in the area with great spaces for running and sports.
Outdoor Dining – We have a favorite place to eat with the boys, it’s outdoors with great food for the whole family.
Breakfast In Bed - My oldest loves to cook, make menus and even set a fancy table. It would be fun for them to make me breakfast and bring it up, they actually have never done that.
Outdoor Festival – Anything with art, good food and music is my kind of place. It’s also a great to bring the kids along too because they can run around outdoors and listen to the fun music with you. If you are able to you can bring that picnic with a nice bottle of wine.
I may not get all of my wishes this year but knowing that I have my boys here to love is good enough for me. As a mother we are constantly putting others in front of ourselves without complaint. Being a mom has changed me. As my children and myself grow older and wiser I am reminded of my own mother more and more. I never fully understood all the sacrifices my mother made, until I became one myself. As mothers we have a huge role to play in our children’s lives, at times it can be VERY challenging and other times VERY rewarding.
For Mother’s Day I’ve partnered with Cascadian Farm to share my personal mom self. I think of myself as a mom that is loved, blessed, tired, overwhelmed, strong, strict, empathetic and kind. How do you think of your mom self? Throughout the week I will be sharing my #MomSelfie – the good, the bad and the ugly. LOL I dare you to do the same uses the hashtag #MomSelfie.
To top it all off Cascadian Farm is doing a fun giveaway. The person that wins this prize pack will get these amazing prizes —
* Cascadian Farm Buzz Crunch Honey Almond Cereal, Oats & Honey Crunchy
* Cascadian Farm Protein Bars
* Cascadian Farm Oats and Honey Granola Bars
* Cascadian Farm swag, including water bottle, notebook and tote bag.