A Perfect Mother’s Day may look like this picture. Everyone smiling and happy and love all around. Just wanted to share what a ONE MINUTE photo session really looks like. It is amazing what goes on in a span of 60 seconds. I actually get a big kick out of the “real” pictures to get the “perfect” picture. So here are the rest of the pictures –
I am lucky and blessed to have these monkeys! Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there!!!
Here are my little ducklings. I am very lucky to have such a great family.
My 4 kiddos on Mother’s Day
A few cute thing about my Mama’s Day
My son washed my van a.k.a. The Loser Cruiser.
*My daughter gave me a card saying the most special thing about me is that I love to garage sale.
We went to church and I dropped off my 3 oldest kids and my husband dropped off my 3 year old to their assigned rooms. Coming down the stairs I heard this psychotic little kid crying and yelling “I HATE THIS PLACE.” I thought whose little nightmare is that and saying “hate” about church – those parents need to do a better job. So when I, a.k.a. Ms. Judgement, got down the stairs, I was greeted by – my psychotic son.
My daughter went out and got me my favorite – Z Pizza and a can of Mountain Dew.
I really feel like I won the lottery when it comes to my mom. She is the B.E.S.T. I always knew I had a good mom growing up but when I got a little older and more mature, I completely realized she was awesome. Growing up on a farm in MN, we had no extra money. And yet we never felt poor which is quite a feat raising 3 teenage girls. I still remember Friday nights sitting with a big bowl of melted marshmallows and popcorn with my mom and watching The Love Boat and then Fantasy Island. It did not get any better than that!
A few years ago, I was on a flight and I really thought this was the end of the line for me. The plane was dropping and shaking. Even the flight attendants looked scared – which is a really bad sign and they need to work on that! So I closed my eyes and tried to think of a happy thought of each member of my family. I had two memories about my mom. The first one was when I was maybe a senior in high school. I was sad (and probably TOTALLY hormonal and TOTALLY over-dramatic) because some of my friends were giving me a hard time. I was telling my mom this and then I started to cry about this and that. Soon, we were in the car, just the two of us, heading to the mall, an hour away to buy a dress for the party I had been invited to but didn’t want to go because I did not have a dress. Looking back on that, I bet my mom was wondering how the heck she was going to pay for that dress. The other memory that came to my mind was as a little kid making a fort and my mom bringing us “coffee” which really was coke in a coffee cup. I totally remember her blowing on our cups and then handing it to us.
My mom was with me after every baby I had (4). With each baby, I always suffered from postpartum for about a month. My mom was there with each one, until I started feeling like myself again. She was truly a lifesaver. I remember telling her after baby #2 that I just want to get in the car by MYSELF and drive away FOREVER. She never said “Oh Kinzie, that is a crazy, weird, psycho, nutzo, wacko, thought” but instead just gave me a hug and told me “it WILL get better.”
My mom also jumped in the good ol’ van with me and the 4 kids to make the drive from MN to CA. Now that was a scary commitment on my mom’s part! The kids were 1, 4, 6, and 8. We had no idea how it would go but it was a BLAST. Really, we never got mad or irritated with each other. It is now a super memory for me and my kids. The kids still talk about how Grandma taught them how to shoot spit balls in the hotel room. Before we checked out, I had to wipe balls of spit off the ceiling, mirrors, pictures, and window.
Mom was up for anything on that trip and I never have a plan. Sometimes that is good and sometimes bad. I wanted to see Mt. Rushmore, which is about 5 hours out of our way. Mom was game. So we arrived at Mt. Rushmore and got out of the car. HUGE thunderstorm with fork lightning. We jumped out, took a quick picture, screamed back to the van and away we went.
My mom is one great lady! I am SO lucky to have her in my life AND my children’s life.
Just found out FindMeBook is featured in LA SPLASH Magazine! We are in the Mother’s Day Family Gifts – Mother’s Day Family Gift Guide 2011. Here is the link http://bit.ly/ie3u0G FindMeBook is in the middle of the article – just keep scrolling down until you see this –
Every Mother’s Day offers a challenge to gift-givers who love the moms in their lives and want to give them a meaningful, unique gift. Find Me Book is that personalized present that mothers will appreciate. Find Me Book is a customized search-and-find book of faces placed in interesting scenes. Moms can snuggle up on the sofa and share their Find Me Book with their little ones, who enjoy a challenging search for familiar faces. Find Me Book creates special, bonding moments that gives Mom and child priceless memories. Find Me Book can be a treasure for years to come or can be passed on as a unique family memento.