Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms I know, most especially to the wonderful mom I have.
We decided to spend mother’s day at my mom’s house, but I volunteered to cook dinner. I made Honey-Chili Chicken (these were both easy and delicious, the juiciest chicken we’ve ever had–and kid friendly. Arionna loved it) and Chipotle Sweet Potatoes (these were okay…I used too much milk and toned DOWN the peppers and they were still too hot for everyone but Dad and Chad) and Vinaigrette Slaw (this is my favorite budget bytes recipe…except for maybe Burritos Blanco…toss up). The potatoes kind of flopped, but the rest was terrific.
Besides cooking, it was just a day of hanging out. Trivia, cards, and lawn games. Grandma had to leave early, she had a second dinner to attend, and Zack had to go to work, but the rest of us were there all day.
Everyone was outside while I was cooking, until Arionna came inside. She said she didn’t want to play outside anymore. I asked if she wanted to help me and she did. She helped me measure and stir the honey chili sauce, then we had to brush it on the chicken–which is about the perfect job for a kid, if you can stand the mess.
She loved doing this. She kept telling everyone, “I did the sauce”. Which is true.
Grandma and her girl. So cute they are!
These two are just the best of buddies. They are so cute together, even if she’s obsessed with the McFlurry.
After Grandma and Zack left, and we had all eaten, we decided to head out into the sunshine for a rousing game of croquet. In our family, you are never too young to learn to play games,
Arionna had her own ball and mallet and Emmy was teaching her how to shoot.
I love that the mallet is bigger than her!
Lady of the day, observing the game. She was all alone because she was in first place.
As I watched, she got tired of waiting and decided to rest. Love her, so very much.
Candid snapshots don’t get much better than that!
Oh, the cuteness!
Later, we switched to Bocce ball. Arionna couldn’t play because she kept stealing the palina and wrecking the shot. So, I picked her up and put her on my shoulders. She was surprisingly content to just sit up there and chatter at me while I still played the game. (I’m not that good at Bocce, but with an extra 30lbs on my shoulders, and the inability to bend over, I was pretty atrocious. But I hung in there and played anyway).
Eventually, my shoulders were aching and so I handed her over to her dad.
(Ssh, don’t tell my sister, but I am giving her that as a bday present!)
Chad lasted less than 5 minutes with her on his shoulders. Wuss.
I was still trying to get a perfect shot of my mom and Arionna:
I didn’t get any good ones, but this one, the expression on my mom’s face makes me so happy. She’s just so happy!
And, speaking of cuteness:
He was observing the game, and she just stood next to him, calmly holding his finger. Even he thought it was sweet.
And, because it was so beautiful outside, I said I wanted a group photo. I’m trying to be better about taking more of these.
That’s pretty good for a self timer where the camera is balanced on the bed of a pickup truck.
And that was my incredibly perfect Sunday with my family…to celebrate mother’s day.
Mom, I hope you loved your day as much as I did.
For those who didn’t see it, this was my tribute to my amazing mom last mother’s day.