Mother's Day 2011 turned out to be a great day! I was a little worried about how the day would go as it was my first Mother's Day without either Tiffani or Justin. I missed them like crazy and it was very odd to be without at least one of them. Nick had figured that out wayyyyyyyyyy before I did, and he did a great job of spoiling me that day.
Yes, that is J-Lo's new CD! (Don't judge.) Lila was so kind to get me a new watch and the new Jennifer Lopez CD. She also made me a little candle at preschool. Not a great picture to showcase that, but it is interesting that the candle is in there upside down. : ) Tiffani sent me a beautiful flower arrangement complete with my favorite flowers, gerbera daisies. Justin and Maggie donated to Project Home in my honor. Project Home is an organization that works to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in North Philadelphia. They also sent a card with very touching handwritten notes from each of them. Not that it's about the gifts but the thoughts behind the gifts are the best.
I am so grateful for all four of my kids. I am also thankful that when we were blessed with the addition of Maggie to our family we also gained her family.
And we love her family.
We have spent the last four holidays with them- Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day. And it just feels right. There is no stress, there is no awkwardness. It's easy and it just fits. On Mother's Day Justin wasn't able to leave Pennsylvania because of finals but we got to see Maggie! (Tiffani was in Texas with my family. My mom and dad. Some of my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. It's hard to be so far apart but takes the bite out of it a bit.)
Maggie's little sister Katherine was dancing in a ballet, Cinderella. Lila loves ballet and she loves Cinderella so of course we took her. She loved it!
The ballet was excellent as Katherine did an amazing job as the fairy godmother. Lila watched the whole performance without fidgeting or trying to get up. She sat with her noise-reducing headphones on and paid close attention to all of the dancers, clapping like crazy when everyone else did. After the ballet was over, Maggie took Lila backstage to see Katherine. So Lila got her picture taken with one of the stars of the show!!
(Pardon the quality of the picture- I recently took a photography class and finally took my camera off of "Auto". Still figuring out what to do!)
After the ballet we had dinner with Maggie's family at their house. Hanging out on the deck on a beautiful spring day, enjoying a glass of wine together. The time went by too quickly and it was soon time to go home and put Lila to bed.
I am incredibly blessed. I know I say it all the time, but the thing is....... I feel it all the time! I am so thankful for the gift of my family.