I hope all you mommas out there had a great Mother’s Day. I am not just talking to those of you that have human sons and daughters. One thing I have learned in my adult life, especially during recent years as my friends move through stages of our lives and I work in a school, is that moms come in many shapes and forms. There moms that have human children they gave birth to or adopted. Moms that have step children that they raise as their own children. Moms that have fur children. Moms that step in when a mom can’t and give their whole heart. Moms who have yet to give birth but became a mom the second they found out that baby was coming. Moms who want a child so bad they can ache, but are struggling with fertility. Moms who have suffered the unfathomable loss of a child. Moms of grown children, moms of toddlers, moms of children they teach, moms of children in the neighborhood, the list goes on. What ever mom you are, know this: you are a star. You are amazing! You are doing the best you can and damn it, that is enough! (more…)
Those that know me know I love animals, all of them. I respect all animals and their place in our world, but there are some I am fine with observing from a distance. Namely, spiders, bugs, and reptiles, except geckos. Geckos are okay with me, because to me, they are a symbol of love and a message from heaven.
Before you think me too crazy, let me explain. You see, a few years ago, my mom and I spend an amazing spring break in Port Orange, Florida right outside of Daytona Beach. This was a place we had spend many amazing weeks visiting my Great Aunt Patty, Uncle Ralph, my cousins Ashleigh and Christine and Christine’s sweet son Aidan. At the time, my sweet Aunt Patty was undergoing treatment for cancer. For some people, this would have brought them down, but not her. She laughed and joked and was the same amazing woman I had grown up to admire. (more…)
Today, we are throwing it back to last Friday….okay so that’s not really a throw back, but it was a night worthy of recognition. Last Friday, Crystal and I got to join up with another mommy friend of ours for a Mom’s Night Out. All you mommas out there know that time out is not as easy as it once was. We are lucky, our husbands are both super supportive and always push us to get out and have fun, but it still doesn’t happen very often. In fact, this night was planned for a month and we still had a few friends that couldn’t make it. We have been trying to plan one a month. It is surprising how hard it is to stick to one night a month, but we are trying to plan with a group 7 of us all with children.
Our big night out consisted of a crazy evening of mall walking, some returns and even some tequila shots!
In case you missed it, Crystal and I along with a few of our good friends had the pleasure of enjoying our annual girls weekend recently. It was heavenly! Check out the details here. Of course, it would never have been possible without our amazing husbands to keep the kiddos while we pampered ourselves.
Have we mentioned how amazing both our husbands are? For real, y’all they rock. They both FaceTimed, texted and loved on our kiddos!
My girlfriends and I have a long-standing tradition of taking a girl’s weekend instead of Christmas gifts. Once a year (usually right after Christmas) we treat ourselves to spa treatments and a day or two together. Honestly, it’s the best gift. Even more so now that our friend Steph lives in North Carolina. She also happens to be expecting a baby boy in a few short months, so the fact that our trip aligned perfectly with her local baby shower was a sign.
I should mention – this is only the first time the girls and I have spent a weekend away together since before our babies were born. Honestly, I’m not sure how that’s even possible. It’s been almost two years since we were back in NC together. Lindsey was only a few weeks pregnant and still keeping it a secret (ask her sometime what she did with the champagne we all “drank” at the spa). I was also pregnant but didn’t know yet! Needless to say, this trip was a little different. A mini celebration for us moms getting some quality time away with our girlfriends. And dads getting some quality bonding time at home! (more…)