I had a beautiful Mother's Day filled with all of my favorite things: flowers, love, food, art, family, music, fun and lots and lots of snuggles! But perhaps the most rare and exquisite of all was the extra rest I soaked up while sleeping in until 8 AM! Upon waking to 2 excited children cheering "Happy Mother's Day," I was escorted to the breakfast table where my hot and delicious meal had been prepared and was waiting for me. The kids had made me french toast and yogurt parfaits. As we finished breakfast they very excitedly handed me gifts and cards. The day before they went to an art and craft festival and had their sweetness captured as portraits by the very talented Rosefur. While each one waited for the other to be painted, they were supplied with their own 3 x 5 art paper to draw upon and Rylie drew our family. After my heart finished swelling from their kindness, Ryan gifted me a portrait of myself a la Pop Up Charlie. Charlie will draw anything for you, just supply him with photos and brief descriptors. Ryan told him, "My wife loves knitting. She'd knit the whole world if she could." and sent him photos of myself and the kids and told him it could be as zany as he wanted. I quite like the results and it is cute the way Rylie thinks it is so hilarious. Humor and drawing play really big for her. After all of the sentimental and inspiring art, Ryan presented me with 2 tickets to see Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds tour. What fun to look forward to. How grateful I am for my amazing husband, he knows exactly what his gal likes.
After my people, bestowed me with such love and thoughtfulness, I called my mom and my mom-in-law. They both really loved their quilts and had a few tears. I felt such joy at the thought of both of them feeling our love over the vast physical distance between us. I am happy to think of the quilts as a symbol of all of the grandkids together in one place. After our slow morning, we headed out to our weekly trip to the Farmer's Market and did our shopping. Otis loves this place so much! There is so much to see and do. This week he spent the majority of his time playing the "Trash? Recycling? Compost?" game at The Green Tent, where the sweet women working indulged him endlessly. We also visited the ever popular Steve's Machines tent. After the market, the kids wanted to take me "to a picnic on a mountain but we don't want to drive on the highway." err... So we headed to a nearby park that is on top a really big hill and they were thrilled with that. We ate a bit of food and flew our kite. Otis rode his scooter up and down the big hills and for a while, and I even snuck in a quick bit of reading. It seems so exotic and special to steal a few daytime moments to sit and read quietly in the park. I've been solely on audiobooks for a while now, but I do so love to sit and touch the pages of a paper book. The sun was out, but it was not too hot. It was windy enough for kite flying, but not too cold. A perfect day that made this mama feel loved and blessed beyond measure.