family, celebrations

Happy Mother's Day

Here I am in my happy place.

When a holiday rolls around in my family, we often celebrate on a different day from the actual calendar holiday; we just make it work for our schedules.  It isn't the date that matters, after all, but the togetherness.  We chose to celebrate Mother's Day on Saturday this year.

The celebration really kicked off a few days ago when my mom, Susanna, and I made the four hour road trip to Iowa to visit my Grandma Mary.  While we did get a few pictures while we were there, they weren't taken with my camera and I'm awaiting the new photos.  I do have a slightly blurry phone picture of the four generations taken when Susanna was about 7 months old.

Grandma Mary, Susanna, Yours Truly, and Mom: Four Brown-Eyed Generations

We've gotten to spend quite a bit of time together since my move back from Oregon and I'm so grateful.  I don't take for granted how fortunate I am to have these beautiful, smart, funny, selfless women in my life.  My mom and her mom are amazing examples to me and such fun, loving companions for my daughter.

We returned to our fellas late Friday night at my parents' home at the lake.

Saturday morning, Mom and I were treated to a truly special Mother's Day breakFEAST.

Chris, a completely untrained baker, made homemade doughnuts... seriously!  They were so delicious, especially with a sprinkling of sea salt.  He also made his signature, from-scratch bloody marys.  Because they are expertly seasoned and made with fresh veggies, they are just as good in virgin form for those (like me) who just can't start the day out with vodka and expect not to fall asleep at noon only to wake up at 6pm totally disoriented. 

One of these days I'm going to get him to do a guest post about his cocktail skillz.

Dad made delicious quiche and fruit salad.  We felt truly spoiled by our talented, thoughtful guys.

Later we took a cruise around the lake and I got to spend the day with my sweet baby, exactly what I wanted to do on Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day to all the patient, kind, appreciative, hard-working, unconditional-loving moms out there!  You all inspire me to be the best I can be.