Super Cool, Fabulous, Stylish ~ Yep, that me in the eyes of my Loving, Caring, Creative Son!

This Mother's Day was especially touching.  It marked the first year that my boys were old enough ~ and interested enough ~ to create gifts and cards for me on their own accord.  (You know, as opposed to dad giving them a piece of paper and making them sit down to create a card.)  They did get some prompting and inspiration at school ~ which was awesome ~ but both boys took the ideas and ran with them to create unique, heartfelt gifts and experiences that I will treasure always.  

I already shared Collin's poem and scavenger hunt; here's Owen's gifts of love:

I love this flower!  The stem is his whole finger print.  The petals and leaves are his thumb!  Cute!

Happy Mother's Day!  You are the best mom ever.  I love you so much.  Mom, you are the (best) mom that I know.  Love, Owen  
[I had Owen read his card out loud to me, and he inserted "best" orally in the last sentence, noting that he'd left that word out.  : )  I want to add here that we share our lives with many fabulous and wonderful moms and mom-figures that Owen looks up to and loves, so I consider this as a remarkable compliment!  Thank you, Owen!  And much love to all of my mom friends!  You help me be a better mom every day, sharing your experiences and trials and many, many ideas!!]
 Perry the Platypus, a favorite character on Disney's Phineas and Ferb

You're Cool, Mom  --  Special  --  Fantastic  -- Fabulous (faplous)
Stylish  --  Awesome  --  Caring  --  Super fragi listic expialidocious
Kind  --  Super Cool  -- Beautiful  --  Rockstar (rotkstar)

 The important thing about my mother is she cars about me.  she tack care of me if I am sick.
 mom make dener for me.  she help me wen I havft to do my reding (reading).
But the important thing about my mother is she cars about me.  my mom is beautiful, fabulous, caring, fantastic, sylish, kind.



Collin's Mother's Day Scavenger Hunt ~ Be Still My Beating Heart!!

 Hello, Sleeping Beauty!  Ready for your scavenger hunt?  Go to the door for the first clue!
 Now are you awake?  Go to the bathroom for some fun!
 Oepn the door and what do you see?
 Walk down the railing and you'll see one:
 This one's not much, so go to the hutch!
 I think there's another thing that looks just like this ...
 (On the armoire) Wow!  I can't believe you figured it out!  Go to Kate's hide-out!

 Kate's cave is never tidier, so now to the refrigerator!

There's nothing inside, so go to the slide!

 Now it's your turn to go down the slide.  Look under it, and there's your prizes!

 Thank you, Collin!!!  You are most amazing!!!!  This was so much fun, and you know me so well!  I love that you KNEW I would get a kick out of this hunt!  You worked so hard and put in so much thought!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!!

Dreams Come True ~ Mother's Day 2012

Sunday I celebrated the gift of motherhood!  These four amazing people have changed my world in more ways to list, but some of the greatest ways are these:
 1.  They've taught me to love freely and completely, with no conditions or expectations.
 2.  They've reminded me the importance of being silly, of imagination, and of pure, joyful fun!
3.  They've challenged me to be an inpiration, to model for them -- to show them integrity; to show them commitment; to show them loyalty; to show them love ... (You get the idea.) ...  To take each moment and be the very best and happiest I can be in each and every one ~ to live my dreams ~ so that they might each also strive to be the very best and happiest they can be and live their own dreams.  

Such remarkable gifts we can give each other ~ over and over again!  Thank you, Kevin, Collin, Owen, Katelyn, and Eli, for giving me the greatest gifts of all.  You are amazing and wonderful, and each of you is one of my dreams come true.

**These pics were taken Mother's Day afternoon when Kevin and I took the kids to Zuanich Point Park.  We rode our bikes along the waterfront to the Bellweather and back.  It was the first ride we'd all taken together since Kate removed her training wheels, and it was fantastic!  We were able to pace together and enjoy one another.  It was a perfect Mother's Day adventure!**