It was a sunny weekend in Michigan and we did our best to make the most of the beautiful weather while celebrating all weekend! Phil asked me how I’d like to spend Mother’s Day and I replied that I wanted a fun day with my guys, and I got that and more.
Friday started on an especially sweet note. Mitch’s school hosted a Muffins with Mom breakfast Friday morning.
Mitch and I scooped up our muffins and juice and then enjoyed him in his classroom at the lunch table. While we were talking away about all of the fun events and activities he’s been working on in school, the teacher brought over the gift he made. A special card and also a handmade gift of a keychain made of Mitch’s hand print. I immediately placed it on my keys and love seeing it through the day.
After we finished, I said my goodbyes and Mitch took off playing with his friends and I headed off to work. It was such a fun and special start to the day – there is nothing better than time with my boy.
After work, I enjoyed a smooth drive home with the windows down and the radio up. The weather is finally cooperating in Michigan and there is nothing like a sunny Friday to start the weekend on the right note!
When I arrived home, the boys were all outside mowing the lawn. I quickly dropped my bags and changed so I could spend time outside as well. We recently picked up a few plants for our yard, which needed to be watered. Mitch was a big helper and wanted to help with the watering can.
The water got away from him a few times, but we managed to water all of the plants around the house with his smaller version. I love showing Mitch how to care for things, be patient and aware of all of the creatures and beings around us. We spent time talking about the flowers, plants and bugs we saw along the way.
The night got away from us, so we quickly dug into leftovers and all crawled into bed shortly after.
I slept in until 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and spent the early part of the morning sipping coffee with Phil before heading out to Trader Joe’s and to the gym. Hunger started to set in and I decided to treat myself to a smoothie at the cafe. I always make my smoothies at home for the cost factor, but like most things, smoothies taste better when others make them, right?! I went with a simple blueberry, pineapple, spinach, and almond milk mix with a scoop of organic protein. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! If you have never tried this combo, give it a whirl – the almond milk with pineapple is so satisfying.
When I returned home, I was greeted by all of my neighbors out in the cul-de-sac for our annual spring clean. Everyone pitches in to clean up the common area of our street when the season turns warm. Mitch was happily entertaining the one set of neighbors while everyone got to work. I spent time catching up with everyone after a long, quiet winter. It was so nice to see all of our neighbors outside, laughing and enjoying the day.
I kept my workout at the gym light knowing I was joining a live workout with Tone It Up at noon. Part of their Bikini Series includes two live workouts a week. They vary the times and workouts, so I am able to make some, but not all of them. Once I saw yoga on the schedule for Saturday, I tried my best to block out the time to attend.
Let me tell you, that may have been the best time I have spent working out all week. I’ve been hit or miss with yoga lately, but this session was amazing and felt so good. Katrina lead the flow starting with a warm-up and a few sun salutations followed by 10 minutes of yoga sculpt and then 10 minutes of booty work. Wow-za! It burned but felt great at the same time. And the stretch at the end was the perfect way to end the practice. I loved the yoga class and need to be more consistent with my practice again!
We spent most of the afternoon lounging around the house, putting away Easter decor (that I’ve been avoiding for a week), and prepping for our house projects. Mitch has been napping for over three hours each day on the weekend, which really slows down our days. I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain considering this was the kid who wouldn’t sleep for more than two hours as a baby!
I spent the time Saturday taking a long shower, enjoying a facial while catching up on the Real Housewives and trying out a few of my new products from my haul.
Once Mitch was up, we were out the door on a bike ride. I absolutely love riding bikes and Mitch shares my love, so I knew with the warm weather it was a must this weekend.
Again, we stayed out later than planned and ended up with a late dinner of homemade tacos that we all dug into happily! Phil and I caught up on Scandel (did you hear season seven is the last one?!) and were asleep before 10pm. All of the fresh air made us play hard and sleep hard, that is for sure.
Sunday was extra special since it was Mother’s Day and started with a 6:15 am wake-up call from Mitch. Ha! Appropriate.
He jumped into bed with us as we all snuggled in for a bit laughing and pretending to sleep. While the idea of napping with your child sounds sweet, that will never happen with Mitch. He jumps in the ‘big bed’ and instantly fills with joy and energy. And before you know it, Henry is up on the bed and everyone is wide awake.
The boys headed downstairs to ‘work on a few things’ and left me upstairs in bed to enjoy a few quiet moments with my book. Literally, heaven. Once I heard the smoke alarm go off, I knew breakfast was almost ready. Ha, no, the bacon was cooking and set off the alarm. But I then knew I was in for a treat.
Soon after I was called down for breakfast and was greeted with eggs, bacon, fruit and donuts from a local bakery (the best ever!) along with Mothers’ Day cards and flowers from the boys. It was sweet in every way. No one left the table feeling hungry, that’s for sure!
Is anyone else with me that blueberry ties for the best donut along with a cider mill donut?
We knew the afternoon nap would soak up most of the afternoon, so we were ready for an outing first thing in the morning. With full bellies, we made the short drive to Ann Arbor for time at the park. Fun fact –> Gallop Park was the first place we took Mitch as a baby! The park is filled with play areas, picnic tables, a beautiful walk/run path, bike path and large body of water. Our plan was to enjoy our first outing on the water.
We rented a paddle boat and shoved off into the water. The morning was cool, but the sun started to peak through just as we started our ride, making for a perfect ride.
It was such a funny ride, we are far from experts and had a few moments where we were spinning in spot. But, we made our way around the small end of the park before jumping off and bee-lining for the park.
With my fingers crossed knowing nap time was approaching, we pushed on to Fred’s for lunch and enjoyed an amazing meal. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived at 12:30 allowing us to snag a seat and be served in under 10 minutes. I am seriously obsessed with their Grale Salad! We dug in and were out in no time.
After the drive home, we all were ready for quiet time and naps. I started this blog post while Mitch napped and Phil took care of a few projects. Once we were all up and around, we called our moms to wish them a happy Mother’s Day!
The weekend was jam-packed with sun and sweetness. I felt so spoiled to spend the weekend being treated to my favorite things and spend so much time with Mitch. Ever since becoming a mom, my life has been consumed by this new world and little one who made the world new again for me.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that the moms, grandmothers and mom-like figures out there were able to spend Sunday relaxing with loved ones!