Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day with the Best Husband Ever

I had a fantastic Mother's Day this year! It is all thanks to my totally amazing husband .  He has always made Mother's Day special for me, but this year with 5 kids, it was appreciated more than ever. He had to work on Saturday, but once he was home, he told me it was my time. I took a nap while he took care of the kids. Yesterday morning, he made breakfast for everyone, like he usually does on the weekends. But he let me sleep in and come downstairs when breakfast was ready. Usually while he makes breakfast I feed the baby or get the kids dressed or straighten up or wash dishes. This time, I just laid in bed. It was great!

Pirate called me to come down to breakfast and said there was a surprise. When I got to the table, there was a gift bag with a card next to my plate. We usually don't get each other gifts for holidays. We usually  just get what we need for ourselves and save the rest to use on the kids' birthdays and things for them. I was surprised and excited to see a gift on the table for me. I ate my delicious breakfast first (pays to have married a chef!) then he cleared the dishes for me to open my present. He had the camera ready, so I knew it had to be something good. I had specific instructions to read the card then reach into the bag immediately. I did what I was told, and at the bottom of the card was a quote from part of the Katy Perry song that said "That's what you get for wakin up in" with a big arrow next to it, my cue to reach into the bag. I pulled out a travel brochure for Las Vegas!

To say I was excited would be the understatement of the year. I was ecstatic! You couldn't wipe the grin off my face! So here's the story on the Vegas trip.  It's not exactly a Mother's Day present, although it was a Mother's Day surprise. Our 10th anniversary is in October, and we've been talking for a few weeks about how we should go somewhere to celebrate. We decided that it would be our gift to each other for all the holidays and birthdays where we never exchange gifts. We talked about a bunch of places, but I kept going back and looking at info on Vegas. Last week, we decided it was too expensive so we started looking at places closer to home and less money. I didn't know it, but my husband met with a travel agent to get info on a trip to Vegas and talked to my mom about staying with the kids for our trip. He was going to try to keep it a surprise until our anniversary but said he couldn't do it. He wanted us to be excited about it together :) So now, we have something fun to look forward to for the next 5 months! A trip to Vegas is huge for us because we've never been off the East Coast. We didn't go anywhere very exciting for our honeymoon, and we've never taken a big trip together. This anniversary is a big one - 10 years, and considering we have half as many kids... we deserve to take an awesome trip together! Needless to say, my Mother's Day was off to a fabulous start!

It just got better as the day continued. My husband did everything. I really wanted that, but felt guilty for thinking that I wanted an entire day to do nothing. I know how hard I work as a mom. I know how much I want a break. But I feel guilty because I know how hard my husband works at two jobs all week long, not to mention the fact that he had to work all day Saturday. So I felt selfish hoping I could get a day to myself. But that's exactly what I got. I didn't change a single diaper all day! That in itself is amazing. It was a good day for a diaper pass too. Donkey, Trouble, and 5 all pooped twice. And both of Trouble's dumps were in underwear. I didn't have to deal with any of it! Seriously, the best feeling in the world!

I needed a few things at the store, so I took Princess with me to Target. She had a gift card so I told her she could pick out something for herself. We did some shopping, then went to lunch. She was happy to get away from the boys for a while, and I was happy to get some time with the girl who gave me my first Mother's Day.

When we got home, my husband made me a margarita and we sat out on the deck talking about our trip while the little guys were napping. My husband had done laundry, fed the kids lunch and cleaned up afterward, and he got all the little guys down for their naps. As if that wasn't enough, he fixed a couple things around the house. When the boys started waking up, he told me to go relax, and while I parked myself on the couch with the iPad, he got everyone up, fed the baby a bottle, and set the other kids up with snacks outside. Later, he made dinner, cleaned up from dinner, gave all the kids their baths, fed the baby, put all the kids to bed, ran to the grocery store, ran the dishwasher, made Princess's lunch for today, and set the coffee for this morning. When he was at the store, he got me a piece of my favorite cake to have while we watched our shows and he folded the laundry. Seriously, what did I do to deserve such an amazing husband?? I went the entire day without changing a diaper, folding laundry, making a bottle, cleaning up a snack, or serving a meal. I felt like the luckiest mom in the world! This was the most special Mother's Day ever!

Me with my loves - at least 3 are looking at the camera!


  1. Looks like you had a great day! I am a new follower. I found you from Bloggy Moms. I am tired to the same faces at the blog hops. LOL! Anyway, I need some facebook love too. I was thinking of creating a hop or something. Love for you to follow back!
    Julie @ Naptime Review

  2. Thank you! Just followed you back. Still kind of new to the networking while blogging thing! Your blog is great. I look forward to your posts!