Mother’s Day or Kid’s Day? Hmmm…..

For Mother’s Day every year, I try to relax and enjoy myself.  It’s my holiday, right?  Out of 365 days in a year, I take time off from parental duty on my birthday and Mother’s Day.  Well, I still make meals and do maybe a load of laundry (reluctantly, of course) but I have coffee in bed (delivered to me by two of the cutest room service attendants ever – my kids!) and I only do things with them that day that I want to do. And trust me, this is totally out of the norm. I have been known to throw out a whole schedule of chores or plans to accommodate an impromptu request to go to the beach or the mall.

In any event, the day before I prepare my children for my mini-holiday by requesting they tell me any errands they need done so I can totally enjoy a day without my things-to-do list. I don’t need fancy presents or dinners out; I just require peace and quiet.  I love the gifts they make at school and treasure those always.  Truth be told, they have more meaning than a store bought item and I think most people would agree on that.  This year as I am giving my speech about how Mother’s Day is like my birthday, my son Zachary chimes in, “That’s not fair that you get a special day.  We don’t get a holiday.  We should get a Kid’s Day!”  This was said so innocently that I had to laugh.  “What Zac?  Are you serious?  Every day is kid’s day,”  I replied.  He retorted, “No, it isn’t.”  Say what? 

I have given some thought to his request for a special holiday.  Sometimes I chuckle to myself and other times, I shake my head in disbelief.  As children, we have no concept of how good we have it.  No one’s childhood is perfect but it is certainly more carefree than being an adult, for the most part.  I caught sight of the paper bouquet that he made for me last Mother’s Day and read his answers to the writing prompts again.  I thought of him working away at his desk at school, trying so hard to come up with answers that would please me.  Maybe he is on to something with a day that celebrates kids?  Maybe we should skip all the formality and just enjoy each other each and every day….all of it….the pranks, the complaints, the calls from the principal’s office (trust me, there is little joy in these).  One prank I won’t forget is when my two kids secretly and vigorously shook a bottle of cranberry ginger ale and then asked for a glass.  Had I been remotely astute, I would have seen the mischievous grins and glances to one another.  Of course, when I opened it, red liquid exploded everywhere and I mean everywhere!  And yes, my kitchen is white.  They were in total hysterics.  With ginger ale drenching my hair, shirt, cabinets, all I could do was hear their laughter and I started laughing and said,  “Good one.  That was clever.”  Enjoy your special day and every day as a mother!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Words of sweetness and sincerity

Words of sweetness and sincerity is just awesome!

I hate to pick favorites here but one of my favorite partnerships so far is with the fine folks at  When they reached out to me about their on-line floral service, I was thrilled to put it mildly.  Ecstatic was more like it.  What woman doesn’t like flowers, right?  Please tell me you don’t know any.  But this service is really unique.  The flowers come from volcanic regions in South America.  What?  South America?  That is so internationally cool.   Even my daughter who loves the eye roll and thinks almost everything is a yawn, said, “Flowers from South America?  Now that is cool.”

So a few days before I received my bouquet, I received an email from the company and it said, “Your flowers just left Quito, Ecuador and are on their way to you.”  That brings cool to a whole new level.  I even did a quick social studies mini-lesson with my kids on where Ecuador is on the map and how Quito is the capital city.  Did you know the Galapagos Islands are off the coast of Ecuador?  Now you know I am not just another pretty face.  And it’s not all fun and games down at blog headquarters.  I am still chief, cook and bottle washer.  Remember that expression?  I will make my Dad proud using that one!  Luckily, there are no bottles to wash anymore.

My flowers from - reminds me of a Gauguin painting!

My flowers from – reminds me of a Gauguin painting!

Anyway, when the Fedex man arrived, I ran down to get my package.  He delivers many of the goodies the blog receives and this time he couldn’t resist asking:  “What did you order that had to clear US customs?”  “These are flowers from Ecuador”, I replied.  “Oh, that is cool.”  Wow, the phrase is contagious.  The flowers (pictured above) were beautiful.  I ordered the Ladybug bouquet and it had ranunculus and larkspur; red and violet flowers mixed in a lovely combination.  They were gorgeous and they lasted about 12 days which was much longer than any other flowers I have purchased.  The box they came in, the brown paper wrapping, the note inside were really well thought out.  You just have to send flowers to someone special from  It is an amazing service and they will never forget it.  Please click the link below to see what I am talking about: