I was up early this morning - before anyone else. I wanted to bask in the silence and enjoy at least one cup of coffee before everyone awoke. I had just made the coffee and sat down with the paper when I heard the first round of little footsteps. Oh well. Today was a pretty incredible day. We began by going to church, which was beautiful. Father called all of the mothers forward for a special Mother's Day Blessing. It was very emotional for me and I couldn't fight back the tears. When I returned to my seat, my kids gave me a hug which just encouraged more water works. Afterwards, I thanked Father for a wonderful Mass. He told me it was moving for him, especially when he saw me crying. I think my tears were mostly ones of thanksgiving, however I was also thinking about the amazing mothers in my life that are no longer here - my two grandmothers and my mother-in-law. I miss them very much, especially on Mothers Day.
When we returned home, Monkey Toes made lunch for the kids while I snuggled up on the sofa, sneaking miniature Butterfingers (my favorite candy bar). When the kids went down for a nap, I did too. I slept for 3 solid hours. I probably could have slept longer, but Pumpkin's cries woke me up. Monkey then took all of the girls to his office. He leaves tomorrow for one week and needed to do some preparation. The boys and I stayed behind. They went outside and played basketball, while I mopped the kitchen floor. I actually enjoy cleaning when I don't have children climbing on me, around me and under me. Then Sweet Potato asked if we could go out to eat for supper. I told him I didn't have money to do that and he generously offered to pay with his First Communion money. What a kid! So Sweet Potato, Honey Bunches of Oats and I went to AppleBees for supper. Sweet Potato told us we could order whatever we wanted since he was treating. We had a lovely dinner with no distractions, just great conversation and good food. I paid Sweet Potato back by sneaking money into his piggy bank. I really enjoyed the evening with my boys. Now, I am tackling the mountainous terrain of clothes that has accumulated on my laundry room floor. Monkey Toes needs clothes for his trip and I fell a little behind this past week. Looks like it will be a late night. Thank goodness for the 3 hour nap!