Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day, 2011 Edition

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums out there, as well as the people who take time to nurture others and stand in as Mums in a pinch!

Michael always goes out of his way to make me feel absolutely cherished and important and instructs the boys to do the same. Since he's not here, I couldn't bear the thought of staying here and working through the weekend like it was just any other day. So I packed up the boys and we hit the road to my Mom and Dad's house Friday after school. They live roughly four hours away, in the middle of nowhere. I'll write more about that another time.

I got to sleep in on Saturday for the very first time since Michael left. I'm such a fan of sleep, and of sleeping in. So this was quite possibly the best part of the weekend (okay, not the best, but it's up there!).

I begged and pleaded for my Dad to make "Birthday Tacos" for me Saturday night (a tradition that goes back to when I was just a little girl) even though it wasn't my birthday. Thankfully I'm quite the Daddy's Girl and he acquiesced.

Every year on Mother's Day and Father's Day, we take a photo with either me or Michael with the kids. Since I was with my own Mama, she got to be part of this tradition! 

I came home Sunday afternoon, and made it back to L.A. before the boys' bedtime. No, I didn't speed! Traffic was just especially light. Which meant that I got to surprise my Mother in Law, Carol with the cards that the boys had made for her. I'd forgotten to drop them off on Friday. She was shocked to see us at the door, thinking we'd be back really late! Aren't those the best surprises? The very best surprise would have been Michael at her door, but he did call her this morning, which was almost as nice!

Michael always gets me something frivolous for Mother's Day. Last year he got me gold ring, set with diamonds (I joke that the boys saved all their allowance from their entire lives to get it for me!). He also got me a day at Burke Williams Day Spa. Although the spa day was more because I was scheduled to have my gallbladder out the day after Mother's Day last year, and I was mighty nervous. Nothing calms my nerves like a deep tissue massage!

This year, money has been exceptionally tight. Michael doesn't get his first paycheck from the new job until May 15th. And he's been under-employed since January. I have to be VERY firm with him and say NO GIFTS or else he'll do it anyway.  But guess what? Last Saturday a package from came in the mail.

Before I opened it, I asked Michael about it. He said that I should open it before I went to my parents' house. I waited all the way until Thursday night (such restraint!), because I wanted to open it with the boys, and I knew we would be leaving immediately after school on Friday. You know what my amazing husband got me?

A Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device that gets free Wi-Fi globally- including Macau! So I can read to my heart's content and don't have to ship over crates and crates of books, or pay $25USD for a cheap paperback when I get desperate to read something in English. This is a gift that will get so much use!

I know it's going to take me a little bit to warm up to the idea of an e-reader. I am a bibliophile in the true sense of the word. I love to read. I love the feel of a book in my hand. I love the texture of the paper. I love the scent of a hardcover book. I love to have every book shelf in my house overflowing with books that I read over and over again. I read 3-4 books at a time, always leaving one in the car, one in the kitchen, one in my purse, and one on my nightstand. I'm never without something to read. And because I read so fast, I'm somewhat indiscriminate. If you give me/lend me any book, I will read it. (Except romance. Ick.) And while my husband is a major geek when it comes to all things tech-related, I am not. I grew bored with his iPad after a week, and went right back to my paperback. So it will take me a bit to get used to the Kindle. But not too long. Especially since I was able to download a bunch of books in seconds while sitting in front of the school waiting for the boys to come out. Is that awesome or what? Speaking of awesome:

See the top line? I changed the name from "Heather's Kindle" to "Heather's Book of Awesome." Because every day that is what my amazing husband calls me. Awesome, that is, not book. The most exciting part about all this is that we've gotten a bunch of gift cards over the last year. We just kept adding the credit to our account, waiting to use it for music or a book or some big ticket item once we had enough credit. And we had enough (and then some) to buy the Kindle. So technically my clever husband didn't spend a cent on this amazing gift. He loves me!

Now that the van is unpacked and my darling boys are sound asleep, it's time for me to climb into bed with a good book. On my Kindle. Happy Mother's Day!


  1. My husband got me the same Mother's Day gift & I was ecstatic!!! U have a beautiful family!!

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  3. Thank you Linda! Kindle owners unite! And hooray for wonderful husbands!


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