Mother’s Day Weekend 2017

How is it already Wednesday?! I was hoping to get this post out earlier in the week, but I blinked and suddenly the week is half over. But I still wanted to share all about my Mother’s Day weekend, because it was pretty perfect (despite all the crying from my children).

We kicked the weekend off on Saturday with the Kansas City Northern Railroad’s National Train Day. Just a few minutes from our house is a miniature railroad track that runs during the summer months and for National Train Day, they had free train rides, as well as inflatables, food trucks & other family-friendly activities. It was so hot and crowded, but the lines moved super quick and Maverick had a blast.

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Of course we had to ride the miniature train. Kennedy slept in her Tula and Maverick sat with Shawn. Last summer when we rode the train he was a little scared, especially when it goes through the tunnel, but this time around he was all about it!!

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After the train ride, we visited the model train museum that was there. I think Maverick would have stayed there ALL DAY watching those trains. He was in awe!

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We had planned to eat lunch there and enjoy the sunshine, but it was so hot and Maverick was quickly approaching the point between Nap Time & Overly Tired, so we hurried home to get the kids to sleep.

While I laid down with Kennedy, Shawn decided he was going to run to a car dealership to look at yet another minivan. Quick backstory–we have been shopping for a minivan for about a year now. We knew the exact one we wanted & had a price in mind, but nothing ever seemed to pan out. Shawn, the eternal optimist, continued the search over a course of a year and every once in a while would make trips out to various dealerships to see if it was “the one.” I had long given up my dream of driving a mini, so when he told me he was cleaning out the SUV “just in case,” I just smiled and let him be.

Fast forward to an hour later and Shawn called me asking if I can meet him at the dealership to sign the paperwork!! I could NOT believe it! I woke the kids up, threw them in the truck and before the dealership closed, I drove away in my brand new 2017 Toyota Sienna.

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I swore I would never drive a minivan, but you guys, I’m driving one and I have never been more in love with a vehicle. Maverick can get in and out of the car all by himself and I don’t have to worry about him running out into the parking lot while I get Kennedy in and out of her carseat. Not to mention, I can fit both the double stroller AND the groceries in the trunk. I mean, seriously, it’s the little things that make my heart go pitter-patter.

And what else says Happy Mother’s Day better than a grocery getter? Oh, that’s right, the fact that my children were absolute nightmares the whole day on Sunday!

Like a lot of moms, I had high expectations for Mother’s Day, but when my children woke up extra early and crying, I knew my dream of having a day of not “momming” was over. We had plans to meet my mom & my sister at Ted’s for lunch that afternoon and I’m honestly surprised we even made it out the door. It was as if my children knew I wanted a day off and revolted by having epic meltdowns over nothing. When we finally did make it to the restaurant, we all had to take turns defusing toddler tantrums and walking around with Kennedy to keep her from screaming. I was supposed to go shopping with them after lunch, but I knew there was no way Shawn could handle this on his own (I mean, I could barely handle them) so we came home.

Lucky for me, we did eventually get Maverick down for a nap and Shawn pushed me out the door so I could go to Target for some alone time. I spent almost 2 hours cruising the aisles and shopping for new car accessories for my mini van (and no, I’m not joking either).

While the actual Mother’s Day wasn’t perfect, the weekend as a whole was, because it was spent with my family. Plus, my kids quit acting like lunatics for 3 whole seconds so I could snap this picture on my first Mother’s Day as a Mom of 2.

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And how can you possibly not love that?

xoxo

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is 5 days away and I have yet to do any shopping for my mom and if we are being really honest, I doubt my husband has done any shopping for me either. So to avoid the obvious last minute gift of flowers and a gift card, here are some options that all mothers will love (myself included!).

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

  1. Phone Case: Have you ever looked at your phone case and realized how disgusting it is? That was me the other day. I’ve had the same case since I brought the phone–nearly 2 years ago–and it’s definitely time for an update. I’m loving this clear case that still allows for the gold on my phone to show through and the mint design is adorable! It may seem like an inexpensive gift, but it’s something I would never buy for myself and those are the BEST gifts.
  2. Slippers: I love slippers! They are great for winter, early mornings and just to have laying around the house for when you need to take out the trash, check the mail or sometimes even just make a Sonic run. I’m picky about my slippers though and these in the Sand color have everything I like in a slipper–hard sole, fuzzy inside and the cute factor.
  3. Pajamas: Ninety-percent of the time I go to bed in baggy sweats and t-shirt, but there is something about matching pajamas that I just L-O-V-E. With summer around the corner, this adorable set from Target is cute, budget-friendly and guaranteed to make those sleepless newborn nights a teeny tiny bit better.
  4. Sandals: What woman doesn’t love new shoes? I have seen these all over the internet and I’ve decided I have to have a pair. The only problem is picking out which color.
  5. Makeup: Remember when I said that the best gifts are gifts moms don’t buy themselves? This is one of those gifts! I buy makeup because I have to, but I never buy the really nice makeup that I just want to have. My current favorites are this eyeshadow palette (or the more budget-friendly option) and this mascara.
  6. Perfume: I know this sounds like a cliche Mother’s Day gift, but not in my book. Especially when it’s an awesome gift set that lets you try all kinds of different scents. Bonus–if you don’t know which fragrance your Mom actually likes this is perfect!
  7. Bluetooth Speaker: I am slowly trying to get away from having the TV on all day long, but I like the background noise. So instead of PBS Kids playing in the background, we now have music. Only problem is it’s usually on my phone and the ability to really get a good jam session through my phone’s volume is limited. This bluetooth speaker falls under the category “Want, Don’t Need.”
  8. Jewelry: Every Mom has staple pieces of jewelry she wears, but there is something fun about a new piece of jewelry she can wear with anything. I’m currently crushing on this simple ring and of course, these earrings.

Regardless, whatever you buy your mom, she’ll love it. And if you truly don’t make it to the store then a hug, a thank you and some hot coffee will be just perfect.

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