Some birthday fun for mama and the gang
Some of this.
It's just what I was hoping for to celebrate my birthday/Mother's Day this year.
Watching my kids enjoy themselves.
The best hubby in the whole wide world decided to take the day off from work
and spend it with me and our two precious dumplings.
To rent a boat and cruise along the river.
I said yes!
And thank you very much!
So we rented a little pontoon boat for the morning.
And thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Madeline thought she could help BaBa "drive."
Caleb enjoyed some fishing.
The homeschooling mama in me enjoyed the wildlife.
We spotted several double-crested cormorants.
And this little guy...a ruddy turnstone.
Nope, I didn't know his name when I took his photo.
I knew he was related to the sandpipers and had to look him up.
So there he is. He's glad to meet you, too.
We "dropped anchor" on a small island in the middle of the river.
Then we walked along one shore and across a shallow sandbar to another island.
The kids did a lot of digging.
There wasn't any sand here, just fine, broken shells.
So Madeline was a bit disappointed she couldn't build a sand castle.
It didn't keep her from digging though.
I just loved watching Patrick with the kids.
He's an amazing daddy.
I am so very blessed!
I am so very blessed!
Caleb enjoyed fishing on the shore as well...
The kids had such a great time they were wondering when
we're going to rent a boat again!
If only it were that simple and cheap! Ha.
Anyway, I do hope that those of you who are mothers truly enjoy your day today.
Mother's Days are tough for me.
I've never had the chance to celebrate a Mother's Day
with either mom or my gramma as a mother myself, as they both
passed on before Caleb joined our family.
It does make me a bit sad, if I'm being honest.
I'm grateful to my mother-in-law, Barbara,
for raising an amazing son and for being
the amazing mom and mother-in-law she is!
I'm thankful for my sister and sister-in-law, too.
And I'm most especially grateful to two mothers in China
who made the difficult decision to place their children in someone else's care,
until they could come home to their forever family.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!