I know that I would not have been the person I am today without the joy of experiencing motherhood. It truly is the most brilliant form of character building and the most pure way of developing and understanding God's gifts to us. I never realized that I could take care of two babies at once, or that I really didn't have the patience I thought I had. I have learned many many - many lessons while raising my children and I expect their are many more in store for me.
My wonderful weekend began with a nice relaxing evening Friday. I finished baking and frosting 50 cupcakes for a mother's day breakfast the primary presidency was putting on for our ward. I've made cupcakes for almost every event and I was asked by our primary president to please bring as many as I could make! Craig took the girls out for a daddy/daughter date and to our little dollar store to let them pick out a present for me. They stopped in for some gelatto on the way home. While they were out I ran four miles! I've exercised 40 - 60 minutes, M-SA!
The breakfast was a lot of fun but we headed out a bit early to go into Vermont to dine at Outback (they don't have anything like it in Montreal!) We don't mind driving two hours when it's been months since eating nice fattening meal of Alice Springs Chicken! Craig said that we had to make a stop in Plattsburgh first; when I questioned why, he was very coy about it and said that he had to make a stop. OK? Anyway, we went to do some grocery shopping while Craig went on an errand. Long story short - he was buying my mother's day/birthday present.
On the way back we found this beautiful tree blooming in Vermont on the Champlain Lake Island region - what do you think? That evening we began cleaning our office and three hours later ended up changing our desk around and re-organizing the whole thing - we went to bed around 2:00 a.m.! The next morning I was treated to two little girls very excited about giving me the presents they had made at school and their dollar store finds! We stopped at a park to take some photos before church; I can't say it went all that well, as my Cici was a bit grumpy. I have been practicing with the primary for the last month to help them sing the song Mother, Tell me the story; they sang this in primary and some children did a presentation. Poor Nini was roped into a speaking part, without time to practice, and just froze. The person helping her had to say her part - it all happened so quickly; everyone after the meeting complimented her on being brave and that seemed to help her get over the shock of being up in front of everyone.
The mummy bandage!
We hurried home to enjoy some peace and quiet after the church services were over, made dinner, and had then everyone let mommy take a little over an hour nap! While Nini was running around the house playing, she stubbed her toe making it bleed. We made the mummy bandage, wrapping toilet paper around her toe, and placing two eyes on the bandage. She wore it for awhile and forgot all about her little booboo!
And lastly, to announce my mother's day/birthday gift - my husband's secret meeting in Plattsburgh was to buy this Nikon D40 camera - let's just say it was quite the shock and I am still on cloud nine! Nini got a hold of our day to day camera and snapped this photo of me taking pictures of what ever I could find! Forgive me for those blinding white legs! And now...to ensure true spoilage this week, Craig gave me a gift certificate at Christmas for a spa. I finally booked an appointment tomorrow for a Vichy massage. It sounded really relaxing in the brochure - we'll see though!
Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all you wonderful mother's!
How was your weekend?