A family weekend was what we needed, and a family weekend is what we’ve had. It seems like it’s been forever since somebody in this house hasn’t been running a fever, pounding allergy medicine, or curling up in bed with aches and chills. I missed out on several fun events last weekend, so we were determined to get out of Sierra Vista and make the most of this one.
Last Tuesday I got a text from my friend Rosalyn asking if she and her husband Bret could watch Hadley on Friday so that Jamie and I could go on a date. Yes, please! I loved how Rosalyn was direct with volunteering to give us a break. She wasn’t too pushy, but by offering a specific day let us know that we wouldn’t be burdening her if we really did take her up on her offer to babysit Hadley. Rosalyn, I really think it’s dumb that you and Bret have to move in a couple weeks, so if y’all could just tell Leavenworth to hold its horses until the end of the summer, that’d be great. Okay, good. 🙂
We got all dressed up and went over to Bisbee to eat at Café Roka. It was so good and we can’t wait to get back there.
I was also excited to sport my Mothers Day gift from my sister, Jennifer. How beautiful and thoughtful is this ring? I love it so much.
Side Note: Though I was determined to get through a full 10 days on the cleanse without cheating, I didn’t plan my start date very well! Not beating myself up a bit though; picking up with day six tomorrow and will finish the second half strong. It’s all about moderation anyway, right?
I had been looking forward to Saturday all week! We had decided earlier in the week that Saturday would be a shopping trip day in Tucson. We both got in our morning runs, packed up everything we needed for Hadley for the day, and got out of the house by 9:50. Score! The mall was 90 minutes away, so we wanted to get a head start on the day. 10 minutes into the drive Jamie tells me that we have to turn around because he ordered me a corsage to wear to church for Mothers Day (awww), already paid for it (okay…), and forgot to pick it up (are you kidding!). By the time we turned around, picked up the corsage, dropped it off in the fridge at home, and hit the road again, it was an hour later and little miss thing was wide awake from her nap (that I had strategically timed for her to take during our drive!).
Needless to say, I rode in the backseat the whole way to Tucson feeding her a bottle and entertaining her. Jamie was up front laughing his tail off listening to his XM Blue Collar Radio, and I was just hanging in the back singing along to Veggie Tales on my iPhone with Hadley. 😉
Tucson was fun! I had been itching to run around the huge Nordstrom Rack store we’d driven by a couple times, plus I had a gift card to spend there thanks to my sneaky mom who mailed me one for Mothers Day after she heard we’d be going that week (I love thoughtful gifts when people show they listen). Jamie spotted a Five Guys, and I could just see on his face that he was dying to go! But you’re on the cleanse! He was saying. Jamie, we can go. 🙂 Hadley really enjoyed her first high chair experience, and all the sweet people around us were very amused by her. She just wanted to talk the whole time (she is my daughter).
It felt good to spend an afternoon leisurely walking around the mall. Hadley scored big in the clearance section of Baby Gap (she is set with 12-18 month clothes! Love off-season sales!), Jamie got some summer essentials he needed, and I walked away with a new pair of sunglasses and some freshly threaded eyebrows (they don’t look like caterpillars anymore, thank goodness!).
We got home, chatted with our neighbors for a bit, bathed Hadley and put her to bed, and ended the night by sitting in the driveway having a drink and just enjoying the beautiful, breezy, quiet night together. We talked about how the weather felt just like we were out sitting on the beach at night, and then we got really excited thinking about how San Diego is only a couple weeks away.
Today is my first Mothers Day, and it has been so special already! Jamie gave me a beautiful new “mother” charm to add to my Pandora bracelet and a couple of sweet cards from him and the kids (Teddy too! Duh!). He spent an hour prepping and cooking a big breakfast for us that we enjoyed before church. I thought the corsage was a really sweet idea. He said that his dad always got his mom one to wear on Mothers Day, so he just assumed that’s what he was supposed to do! I’m not complaining. 🙂
Now we’re home to chill for the day. Hadley’s taking her afternoon nap, Jamie’s organizing/cleaning the garage, and I’m kicking up my feet like he told me to do. Looking forward to a dinner at home and going to bed early like usual.
I want to end this post with a Happy Mothers Day wish to my two favorite moms –
Tonya – You are the most generous, helpful, spontaneous, loving mother-in-law I could have hoped for. Thank you for loving me and treating me just like family since day one. I love your son; He is so good to me. Thank you for raising him and loving him the way you did and still continue to do. Hadley is so lucky to have you for a Miya!
and Mom – I’ve started typing and erased what I’ve written three different times because when it comes to how I feel about you as a mom, I’m at a loss for words. The love I have for Hadley is actually unexplainable, and I know that’s how you feel about me. I wish you would have written a book about how you raised us and how/why you made the decisions you did because I hope to raise Hadley the same way. I sometimes feel at a loss for how I will ever be as a good of a mother as you were/are. I love you so, so much.
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