I don't expect much on Mother's Day. I don't ever receive nor really want expensive gifts. I would probably like a heartfelt card, but have long since gotten over being disappointed by not receiving one. I usually get taken out for a nice meal and get some extra hugs and kisses and "I love you's," which are fully appreciated.
The one thing I ask for is that once a year, Terry try to get a decent picture of me with my offspring. This morning I braced myself for the grouchiness that usually ensues. Terry doesn't really like snapping the photos, and he doesn't like my helpful suggestions, and it's the morning, so we are usually rushed (even though I specifically restate my request each year that I want time to take some pictures before we leave for church). It's not a good way to start the day. And today -- the results, not so good. In addition to an impatient photographer and a weird 5-year-old, I wondered why I didn't schedule my much-needed haircut before this annual tradition.
Today we tried to breakfast at our favorite spot here in town -- a spot that we don't frequent because of long lines and fairly high prices (for breakfast -- it's a treat, not a weekly meal). We thought if we went before church, arriving shortly after 8:00 a.m., we would not run into crowds. How wrong we were!! We ended up at Panera instead.
After church Amanda and I were signed up to help at the nursing home (something we do about once a month with our church). Before we had to be there, we had time to squeeze in a trip to the mall to get some things she "needed."
Honestly spending those few hours with Amanda was an excellent way to spend my special day.
We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon at home, and she and Terry cooperated on dinner as well, grilling out hamburgers.
All in all, a pretty simple day, which is exactly the way I like it.
How did you spend your Mother's Day?