Sunday, May 13, 2012

I Appreciate Me.

There's a new tradition in my house.

It's where I get myself a little sumfin' sumfin' for Mother's Day. 'Cause I appreciate me. And gosh darn it, someone needs to.

Check out my pitcher and it's new little Mini-Me! (voice rises to annoying squeal)



Olive it. I'm so glad I know my own taste.

So, why do I pick myself out something? Ooooohhhh. . .

last year was kind of a crappy Mother's Day for me. You can read my whiney, babyish nonsense here, where one of my fave bloggy buddies, Lisa, was so kind as to let me vent. Thanks, Lisa. You're a great pal.

But never fear! My 4 children and one man-child got the message loud and clear last year and have made up for it this year.



At this point, I wanna tell my own momma that I appreciate her. 'Preciate-cha. (inside family joke). Love ya, momma.

And finally, I had my kids answer this cool questionaire from The Crafting Chicks,



And I definitely got a kick out of their (immediate and non-hesitating) answers.

My mom always says:
"Flush the toilet." and "Don't jump on the couch!"
Dang straight.

My mom cooks the best:
"Pizza".
Ahem. The only pizza I've ever "cooked" is the kind that comes home in a box, or comes out of the freezer and into the oven.

And finally,
My mom's job is:

"I have no idea."

Huh.  I don't even know where to start with that one.

16 comments:

Veronica said...

After my father-in-law bought her a gun for a birthday gift, my mother-in-law started buying her own gifts. I think it's a great practice.

Ruth H. said...

{Wiping eyes, laughing} I just read the post you did at Shine Your Light and oh boy can I relate! My birthday was in April ...five days after my husband had to fly across the country to start a new job, six days after we got back from spring break, and seven days after we tied up all the paperwork for the contract of sale for our house. My expectations of a birthday celebration were low, but they did exist. Two days before the birthday, I began to have a sinking feeling that NO ONE was going to do anything for my birthday, so I decided to throw girls night at my house and serve birthday cake. That worked out well. My kids aren't old enough to drive themselves to the mall, so they cleaned the house while I took a nap and sang Happy Birthday, which was awesome. My husband called from the new job to verify information for my life insurance policy and asked if my birthday was April 12...on April 12...AND DIDN'T SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. My first thought was, "Wow, he must be sending me something truly amazing, and is just waiting for me to see the lovely card he's attached to the 3 dozen roses/jewelry/spa gift certificate." So I didn't say anything. Two days without roses later, I asked hesitantly, "Did you send a package and I missed it?" And thus, the husband discovered he had missed my birthday, apologized profusely,and missed another opportunity to send 3 dozen roses. Initially, I didn't get upset because really--with the move and the new job and all, could I blame him? But two weeks later I got PMS and decided that I was REALLY MAD that I hadn't had a birthday and I let him know that from that time forward, I would be celebrated, come hell or high water, whether I was turning 36 or 86.

Needless to say, I've just had a Mother's Day to remember. I have been celebrated. It's been lovely. Communication is sooooo important,in a marriage. And so, apparently, are PMS induced demands.

julie - eab designs said...

Love the note idea, especially the kids comments! My birthday was the day before Mother's Day and I picked out my gifts too. Gotta say I'm really happy I made a birthday wish list on Amazon!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Laughing here!!! Ha!!! My Mothers' day cards consisted of texts!! Ya..you heard right...texts!! Sigh!
Welcome to the 21st century!
Hugs
SUeAnn

Emily said...

I'm glad you had a good mothers day this year! I love the kid surveys. Such a cute idea!

Happy Mothers day!!

Audra said...

My dad go tmy mom a 22 rifle one year for mothers day, she asked him why and he said" i just knew you needed it" so a month later for fathers day my mom got him a stained glass lamp. when he opened it she said " i just knew you needed it!"

WhettenWild said...

Happy Mothers' Day to an awesome mom!!
J and J are hilarious.

Lisa Scibilia said...

Love your presents to yourself and the interview with the boys!! You're a great mama, it's evident in your writing even when you're being funny and keeping it real and I love that about you!

I think maybe there needs to be an interview for husbands circulating around the blogosphere for them to fill out for Mother's Day. Like "what do you appreciate most about your wife?" etc. I am NOT above directly asking for compliments and now that you've put the idea in my head, I am not opposed to buying myself something out of appreciation for all I do! Thanks for sharing your perfectly imperfect tales of motherhood :)

Maureen said...

Mandi,

I had a similar expeience with my husband for Mother's day. My first one he was away over seas due to us being a military family. Thing have to be adjusted due work scheduals and the like so I wasn't exactly upset and disappointed. It isn't like there is a Hallmark store close by and with everyone stationed there and trying to call home, the lines can get too long and I thought I would get a phone call in a couple of days. Didn't happen. About ten days later Jim came home and still nothing about Mother's day. He said he had mailed a card but used an Army mailbox and the mail isn't pickd up from them like a regular mailbox. I did eventually recieve a card - on Father's Day and couldn't check the date to see if he was being honest with me or not. Yes, Jim lies to me every once in a while.
The next Mother's day, he was off and we were staioned in England. He called his mother and talked to her for over an hour. I recieved nothing. By the end of the day I was mad; really mad. Jim asked "What's wrong with you?" and I let him have it. I said, "You know a gift would have been nice but I don't need anything so it is OK that I didn't get one. And flowers would have been nice but they are expensive and money is tight right now so it's OK that I didn't get any. And a card would have been great but with the hours you work, I can see that you didn't have time to get one. But to be home all day and not even say Happy Mother's Day - that I have a problem with!" The next day I went Shopping! And I spent $300. And once I got home I gave Jim the receipt. He said, "Wow, you spent a lot of money and I thought said that money was tight." I said "It is. But from now on everytime you "forget" my birthday, our anniversary, Christmas, Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, it is $100 a word!" "Huh?" I said "Happy, Mother's, Day; three words - three hundred dollars!" Mandi, he has never forgotten anything ever since. I don't ask for things but a little sincere appreciation and love isn't too much to ask for. Why do you have to hit a man in the wallet to get him to listen to you?

Maureen

Carolyn Dennis said...

I've been on fb too much lately because it took me a second when I couldn't find the "Like" button. But then, I thought, well, it would be lazy and obnoxious to just type "Like" (which it really is on fb too, but uhhhh, let's not talk about that.)

Rebecca D said...

About four years ago on Mother's day we got home from church and after a morning of no festivities other then the bookmark they gave us at church, the last thing I expected to hear was "What's for lunch?" I had a total breakdown and cried in my bed for an hour. I mean mother's day was never a "big" deal to my husband and girls, but to compleatly ignore it was too much. I guess my reaction was a wake up call since they now tend to over-do Mother's day a bit... Not that I am complaining!

~Jess said...

Sounds like my Mother's Day, but my husband really did forget until I mentioned it. In his defense, we were out of town for our nephew's baptism, so it wasn't really "mother's day".

Glad you got the perfect gift from yourself =)

found you via Pinterest and your laundry room floor.

Sue said...

Wish I read this years ago. But know that there's hope. Twenty-something years ago my adorable little son made me the cutest little card that informed me that I was the "beast mom ever". No. That was not a typo. LOL Teen years came and the days were treated like "Mother's What?". Then he left the nest and would usually remember to make the obligatory phone call. This year ... at almost 30 ... the kid nailed it. Not a sappy card. Not bunch of flowers that will wilt in a couple days. But something that I would never have bought for myself, and something that has kept me entertained for days. It was a Mother's Day miracle!

Sue said...

Wish I read this years ago. But know that there's hope. Twenty-something years ago my adorable little son made me the cutest little card that informed me that I was the "beast mom ever". No. That was not a typo. LOL Teen years came and the days were treated like "Mother's What?". Then he left the nest and would usually remember to make the obligatory phone call. This year ... at almost 30 ... the kid nailed it. Not a sappy card. Not bunch of flowers that will wilt in a couple days. But something that I would never have bought for myself, and something that has kept me entertained for days. It was a Mother's Day miracle!

YankeeBelle said...

Oh my gosh, this blog cracks me up....I just sit here and giggle my big ole' butt off (which is much more effective than zumba, fer sure). I loved your post Mandi and cracked up at all of these comments. After no valentines, anniversary and barely a nod at graduating college at 47 YEARS OLD (DAMMIT....I'm 47 and FINISHED MY BA....Could I get a frikken hug or proud of ya from a kid or husband around here? NOT), I too am feeling a wee bit invisible. I've just gotten my revenge and made hubs sit while I read him the blog post and every single comment....he cracked up with me, but had the decency to look a little ashamed of himself, LOL! I love that man....but he ain't gittin pooey for fathers day...THAT I can tellya!! LOL!

Teri said...

Baaaahahaha!