I made it through and survived another Mother’s Day. It always seems that the one day that is supposed to be about Mom, happens to be one of the most crazy days of the year. It is the day that I really give up all control (well at least most of the control) and let Dad take charge. He takes care of the meals, the shopping, the kids, and the clean-up. So, I spent most of yesterday relaxing and resting. I played around on my iPad and watched T.V. while my family lived life right around me. I let the chaos escalate right before my eyes, since I knew that they wouldn’t dare ask me to clean it up. At least not then, on Mother’s Day. I can aways tell how much work, excitement, and energy went into the festivities of Mother’s Day, based on my damage control of my house the day after. By the looks of my house this morning, it was a success. Today, kids are back at school and I have the house almost to myself (since one kid is home sick). Now it is my time to conquer the mess and reflect back on Mother’s Day.
The morning yesterday started with “Fancy B” (a nickname in our house for a carb overloaded and sugar filled breakfast prepared by the whole gang). The nearly 2 hour preparation, actually turned into a lunchtime meal that was enjoyed by all. The kitchen this morning was still wearing a thin layer from the preparation process and was just the beginning of a day filled with excitement for my 4 young chefs. We also enjoyed some sort of dinner concoction, where the inspiration for the entree stemmed from a Man vs. Food episode. BBQ pulled pork topped hot dogs anyone? Sound interesting? It was interesting for sure. At least it beats the bacon wrapped sausage roll from last year, right?
My husband and kids cleared the table yesterday after each “dining experience” and kept the dishwasher running. The overflow from the 2 meals and middle school Spanish cooking homework were just too much for our one dishwasher. This morning the counters were sticky, the stove was a disaster, there was about as much grass & bark in the house as out in the yard. I know they tried, but sometimes these things just get overlooked. I bit my tongue and kept my cool all day yesterday (really tough for me). Honestly, I was just really enjoying every minute of knowing that my husband and kids really couldn’t ask for my help. I’d deal with the mess tomorrow, I thought.
Well, this morning I’ve scoured the kitchen, straightened out the office from tiny paper clippings covering the floor from homemade cards. The disaster of the gift wrapping projects done by my kindergartener has been resolved and put away. I spent some time putting way the 10 added “special” gifts (ranging from rocks to old books) presented to me from my same little gift wrapping guru. The blood stains from the nose bleed, after the unsupervised tackle football game, has also been cleaned from patio.
I’m a pretty lucky girl to have a hubby and kids who take Mother’s Day so seriously. I do have to say that the day after Mother’s Day is pretty great too. I just love to spend a few minutes sitting in my clean & quiet house remembering the best memories of the day. I can take it all in and reflect on the day of chaos and realize that I wouldn’t change a thing. It sure feels good to know that I am loved, while I enjoy my clean house with hand picked flowers from my kids and a beautiful card from my husband. I am starting to think that the day after Mother’s Day just might be the best day of the year.