I believe it was yesterday that we established the fact that my brain is totally fried. So when that email came in inviting me to enter a contest for the perfect Mothers' Day gift, I drew a complete blank. Oh don't get me wrong, I did shop for the perfect gift for my MIL (my own mom passed away 7 years ago next month), but I took two little ones with me and they had lots of opinions. By the time we left the store we had a pretty eclectic gift but one we thought Grandma might love, especially if she understood the thought processes of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. I can't share that gift here because she regularly reads our blog, but it doesn't matter anyway because it cost more than $25.
I decided that what I really need to share with you is my idea of a perfect Mothers' Day gift.
perfect gift would start several days before when the kids usually
start pestering me to take them to the store so they can buy me a gift.
Instead of requiring a free taxi service, they would ask someone else to
do the driving instead.
I also wouldn't have to plan
any meals on that most blessed day. And most importantly, I wouldn't
have to cook or clean up afterward. My kids would willingly jump in and
help without being asked. They would also let me sleep in a little. As
much as I love breakfast in bed, I love sleep more.
my most perfect day continued, my kids would gift me with a day of
peace. I wouldn't be able to hear a single "I'm telling Mom!" or a "You
did it first!" or "What did the dog do again???"
I talk a lot about this cooking thing, but I love it when someone
prepares the meal besides me. I'm thinking ribs and baked beans, corn on
the cob and fresh sourdough bread. And there has to be chocolate. Don't
forget the chocolate!
Out on our back patio, we have
these two little chimneys where we can build a fire, put our feel up and
roast marshmallows for s'mores. As the night gets a little cooler under
the spring stars, we could tell stories and laugh and joke and just be
together. I'm a little greedy, I need them all; all 12 of my kids and