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May. 12th, 2014

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Mothers’ Day is hilarious.

The first two, we tried. We did. This year, we didn’t. And it was WONDERFUL. I mean, we bought cards for each other and one from the kids to each Mom, but then we didn’t even make them out or give them to each other. No gifts, no cards, no fancy breakfast, no brunch out… just peace and togetherness. We slept until 8:00 AM (thanks, boys!) and then had a leisurely morning snuggling. Got dressed and Nana came over and we all went into the backyard where Nicole planted tomatoes and the kids ran through the sprinklers and Nana and I chatted on the Adirondack chairs in the shade.

Then while the kids were napping, Nicole and I both enjoyed the copious amounts of sunshine from the comfort of our wrap-around porch. For me that included a glass (or two) of white wine while I painted my toenails. Lovely. I let myself indulge a little this week, straying a bit from the diet plan to accommodate wine, chocolate, and some desserts – I mean, you only get (legally) married once… or once-ish, for some? … Meh. Whatever. I did NOT say no to elegant meals in DC, tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, apple pie cupcakes or chocolate … not all at once, of course.

We did make a bigger deal of Mother’s Day for Nana, though. Since it is her first Mother’s Day with us (actually, second – we spent last Mother’s Day up in Maryland with her!), we invited her over for dinner last Thursday to celebrate her on her own. Since we have a standing “Family Dinner” on Sunday with a larger crowd, we wanted to make sure she got her cards and gift in her own special time.

I am back on my wagon today, though. And last week I sort-of invited myself to join a women’s running club that meets on Fridays at the park near my house. They are friends and friends of friends, so I sent a message to the one I know the best asking her if I could run with them. One of them said this Friday is a 4-miler! Yikes! I don’t know if they are kidding or not (since some of them just started running again after taking time off to have kids, etc), but just to be safe, I ran 4.2 miles in 46 minutes this morning just to make sure I can keep up with them. I was pretty darn proud of myself!

I am chairing a charity service project this week at work, collecting donations of professional wear and accessories for victims of domestic abuse trying to get back into the workforce. I am also volunteering at the food bank tomorrow. I love that I work for an organization for which service work is valued and we have a weeklong service week each year to give back. I am also teaching several resume classes at area shelters in the coming months related to this outreach. It is exhausting, dizzying, and exciting and right up my alley. I thank heavens for this new role that allows for these opportunities every day. It certainly made coming back to work after a week off MUCH more palatable!

The boys have had a blast with Nana. She kept them for us last week so that we could get stuff done around the house and have some ‘us’ time, too. Friday, she borrowed my car and took them to the park, the city market, out to lunch, to the boutique candy store AND topped the whole trip off by stopping at the fire station and asking the firemen if they had time to give the boys a tour. They got to climb up in to the fire truck and everything. Nana is SO their hero.

I still wish they would watch less TV< but someone (on here?) gave me a tip and I signed up for ProductiveParenting.com’s daily suggested activity email. The email is targeted to your child’s age and they are super easy to do. Today’s was to give the children a white piece of paper and a black piece of paper. They were to draw Daytime activities on the white sheet and night time things on the black sheet (in white crayon). Easy peasy! Now I can get the email and send the materials to Nana the next day. It’s helpful for a busy mom who works full time to have these things thrown at me rather than have to search for activities for them. I love it.
I have so much more to say about our first week married. But I have gone on enough already. More soon!