I had a really nice Mother's Day. It was different than any recent Mother's Day because I wasn't playing ping pong in the MDPPT. I sure missed being with the Burns family! I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy myself because I was a little sad about not being in California. But, I had a really good time.
We headed off to Chicago Grandma's house to spend it with the Smith family. We celebrated on Saturday by going to the zoo and my favorite tapas restaurant. We had taken M's mom there for her big birthday a few years ago and she really liked it, so I thought it would be fun to treat her as part of her present.
It was fun to be with "the uncles" too. R and T always have fun with the uncles! So, Grandma Chicago had three of her four boys there, plus two grand kids. I think that she really enjoyed the day as much as I did.
On Sunday, the uncles and M made a DELICIOUS brunch. They had an egg bake, sausage, baked apple pancake, bagel and lox, and fresh fruit. Yummers! I had three helpings of the the baked apple pancake that Uncle Dan made :>
I got amazing gifts too -- much more than I expected and much more that I should have gotten (but I'm not complaining!). R had told me the day before that he and T had gotten me a ticket to "someplace really cool that I'd love." The "ticket" is a gift certificate for 4 hours at a day spa here in town - manicure, pedicure, facial, and massage. Yahoo! Count me in!
M gave me the sweetest card that made me cry (as usual!) and gave me a ring that made me cry too. He knows the story of how my dad gave my mom an aquamarine ring (her birthstone) when she was 16...and my mom gave me that same ring when I turned 16. Only eight months later I lost the ring at the beach. I thought that I was doing the right thing by taking it off and putting it in my shoe before I went in the water. But 5 hours later when I went to leave the beach, I casually shook the sand out of my shoe and put the shoe on. I had forgotten that the ring was in there!! I went back later, but never found it. As you probably guessed, M gave me a beautiful aquamarine ring. I just love it. It's not the same one that dad gave mom and mom gave me, but it sure is special and reminds me of that ring and my parents' love. M is one special man :>