Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothers Day Weekend

This weekend was yet another crazy busy weekend. I keep waiting for the weekend that we are able to sleep in, lounge around, and do NOTHING. It has yet to happen, and I'm realizing quickly, it's never gonna happen! I wont complain too much though, because this weekend happened to be filled with loads of fun!
Saturday morning Adyson was able to be in the Health Day's parade with her dance team. She was pretty nervous when I dropped her off, and I was really hoping she would love it. As soon as she passed us in her float, my fears were gone. I don't think I've seen a bigger smile on that kids face! She had gone maybe 2 blocks till she reached us, and was already out of candy except for what she "saved" for us. (She started out with a good amount of candy, so those lucky people she was throwing it at must have got bucket fulls).

Sienna LOVED the parade. She couldn't wait to get her hands on all that candy!Adyson throwing what is left of her candy. Isn't she too cute?Simon and Sienna and their shades. Look at that excited face!

She really digs the spotlight.
I know, she's very obviously my kid.

After the parade we went up to the Health days fair at the park. Since Disneyland my kids have been jonesing for a ride, and were so excited when they spotted this one. It's just like the jellyfish ride at California Adventure that Adyson couldn't get enough of, and Sienna wasn't tall enough to ride. They giggled the entire ride, and just wanted to go again!!

Picniking at the park.

The ride.

We miss Disneyland. Sigh.

After riding and browsing it was time to watch Adyson dance. She grinned the whole time like always and we were the doting parents, like always.

Sienna and i watching Adyson dance.

You'd think that would be enough for one day, but Travis and Cody came over and ripped sod out of our yard to prepare for a patio and swing set we are putting in. It was a ton of work and both men were exhausted when they were done. Thanks Cody for helping out!

Lovely isn't it?? We can't wait to get the patio and swing set in!

That night we decided to play a game or two of Canasta, and somehow that ended up being us playing till 1 in the morning, making Saturday a day that began early, and ended much too late for us. (1 didn't use to be so late...does this mean I am getting old?) That's depressing.

Sunday I took advantage of it being mothers day and let myself sleep in. I woke up too a beautiful new picture I've been wanting for quite a while (Thanks Trav! I love it!) and I also woke up to a very tired husband asleep on the couch. (If 1 is late for me, it's like, um, SUPER late for T). We had the laziest morning we have had in quite sometime making me like 1:30 church for the first time.

After church we celebrated mothers day at my mom's house. (We are celebrating with my MIL next Sunday). I sure love my mom, who really has taught me the kind of mom I want to be. Growing up she was always not just my mom, but my friend as well. She made our home a place where all of my friends always wanted to be, and now a place that we always love going back too, and a place where the ladies can't seem to get enough of! When Sienna was a baby, my mom let Adyson spend a few Friday nights at her house in the hope that Travis and I would get a little rest with one less child. That turned into Adyson begging for Friday nights, and she made sure my mom knew that she would be there each Friday. And as Sienna (and Simon) have gotten older, they have learned that Friday night is sleepover night too. They live for that time with my mom, and Travis and I love our weekly break! If you can't tell, she is also an amazing Grandma!

I also want my MIL Lorraine to know how much we all love her too! She lives about 45 minutes away, but is always here to support us and the girls in everything we do. Whenever we go to her house she makes sure she has a fun new game for us to play, and she goes out of her way to entertain us. I know that she hates not seeing the girls on a daily basis, and she misses them during her breaks, so she has started sending them cards and letters in the mail each week. My kids LOVE this, and can't wait to get the mail in the hopes of a letter from Grandma. They soak up her words. And she raised Travis to be kind, hardworking, and so love able, which goes to show what an amazing mom she is!

I know what you are all thinking, and no it's not really fair that my kids have such amazing Grandma's...but I'm not complaining! ;

Mothers day for me is a day to honor all the women who have shaped my life, from my neighbor across the street growing up who I still think of as a second mom, to my friends mom's who were probably really sick of me being at their house and messing it up in high school. I think of the friends who I've watched grow up and get married and now are mothers along with me. I think of how our relationships have changed over the years and how now our conversations are now about raising our children. I think about the beautiful friends I have made in my ward who have helped me through some rough times, and made me dinner while they are cleaning their houses, working, hosting a get together and taking care of their kids all at the same time.

It's truly divine to be a mother. I adore every second of it, and love my kids to a point that I didn't know was possible, and I am daily thankful daily for the women above who have shown me by example the type of mom I want to be.

I want to be the like my mom and my MIL someday, spoiling grand kids and loving them so much it must hurt. I want to be someones second mom. I want my kids friends messing up my houses and eating all my food (should I admit that?) I hope I set some sort of example (either good or bad) to those who I've known for what seems like forever. I want to be the multi-tasking mom who realizes what others need while taking care of her family (I have a ways to go here, but I'm working on it!

I hope you all had a happy Mothers day, and I hope that many of you know how thankful I am for the examples you are to me!


mstokes said...

Gotta love Health Days! Amazing that we didn"t see you - I think we saw everyone else that graduated in the class of 1999.

Eileen said...

I was a bit sad when I saw this was NOT an AI review. But as always, you warmed my heart and made me smile. You are an awesome mom!

I'll wait patiently for the review. I'll just sit here by my computer. Waiting.


Tara said...

I think Adyson must of thrown all her loot to us in the parade! We were loaded.

Letti said...

What a fun weekend. I love your new header too. IT sounds like you have and amzing Mother and Mother inlaw in your life. NOthings better than that.

Happy Mother's Day.

Candace said...

I love all the beautiful things you said about mothers; it makes me want to be a better one.

Glad you had a great weekend - watching those girls dance always puts a smile on my face!

Haylee Munk Brown said...

I miss those parades!!!! I am glad you had a great fun filled mothers day!

Amy Johnson said...

You have a way of making me tear up in a lot of your blog posts! You are wonderful and I love you!

The Wolfley Family said...

I am so sad that I missed Ady's Health Day's debut! FTR-you are such a great mom!
Love the new header!

Chanelle said...

You are so lucky to have two wonderful mothers as an example. You are one of the examples I look to for a mother-role-model.

Eileen said...

Miss Hayley. That was the most tender, sweet and awesome RS lesson in the history of the church. You looked ever so pretty AND you have such a pretty cry! I just wanna hug you. K? Could you just run over really quick?


Heidi Kjar said...

Hey Hayley! good thoughts on being a mom, so so so true! cute pics and I LOVE LOVE your new header at the top of your blog. Way too cute and modern and i love the colors and your girls are SO photogenic!