mother's day weekend.

Monday, May 9, 2011

we planted on a sunny saturday (though, from seeds, which steve and i determined might mean we'll actually see the fruits of our "labor" in december.  genius idea that was.).  and then on mother's day i slept in till 9 am and was awakened with a delicious breakfast in bed, sweet kids and husband, and a kicking baby in the belly.  unfortunately i had to work later that day but i came home to a totally painted nursery!!!!  good work, husband, good work.

not that this is any big shocker, but being a mom is so hard.  it's something i'm often not good at.  i let my temper, my need to control and maintain, and my tendency to discipline get in the way of plain old love which would, so often, go above and beyond the yelling, controlling, or disciplining in getting my point across.  i just want to say kudos to all the moms out there who, i'm quite sure, love their kids to pieces but who, like me, are not always the best at showing it.  for me, i'm going to try to be sweeter in 2011, to love them better, preserve their tender innocence, and remember that they too are just trying to learn their way through this world... much like myself.  

it's a daily battle.

and thank you to my own mother who loved and loves me and who is one of my best friends in the whole world.  hats off to you and all of the mothers reading out there.  

happy mother's day (a day late).



39 comments:

  1. so well said. and soooooo right. :)

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  2. I bet Lindsey was so into planting seeds though.

    Also:

    You have a painted nursery and I don't...there's a problem here.

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  3. umm.... i put a picture of yours on my post today. hope you don't mind. :)

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  4. Oh, but my dear, you look/seem like you're doing such a wonderful job. At some point down the road when my husband and I have children, I hope I can make it look as classy and wonderful as you do.

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  5. I just started working my herb garden a couple of days ago... i guess it's just that time of the year ;).

    Happy belated Mother's Day darling!

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  6. oh my...i'm the same way. it's taken me 5 years to soften up towards my son and just relax a little bit. but i'm confident enough now to say that i'm there. it takes a lot of time. happy (belated) mother's day!

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  7. We all feel that way...it is refreshing to see someone admit it and not just talk about how woooooonderful it is. Like when people blog about how much they LOVE school vacation week. I'm like, um, really? So you just keep on keepining on, Bridget...you are more of a great mom than you know!

    Oh and hey there missy, nice photographs...is someone stepping up her game? I think so!!!

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  8. So very true about motherhood.

    Happy mother's day to you too!

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  9. @Elizabeth, get Mike on that pronto. One of those things us pregos can get out of-- "Fumes! Bad for the baby!"

    @Stevie Leigh, I think I'm good at making it look classier than it really is... blogs don't show you the whole picture, I assure you!

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  11. happy mothers day! i can only imagine how hard it is and how much it takes. kudos to you and all the other mamas out there!

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  12. Happy Mother's Day Bridget!!

    This really puts into perspective the whole idea of love and be loved. And while I don't have any kids, sometimes it's nice to be reminded of the fact that everyone else out there is just trying to get through it all too. Tenderness, love, and compassion can go so much further than controlling...most of the time. Thanks for the reminder! It's definitely something I have to work on.

    xo,
    Morgan

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  13. What a sweet post. I am sure you are an amazing mother. Glad you had a great mother's day! That bowl of fruit looks amazzingggg!

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  14. I love that you are honest and real about the hard parts. I've seen you in action...you are a very good mom.

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  15. Sounds perfect! Congratulations to you darling.

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  16. hi bridget! i'm a new reader and just wanted to wish you a happy mother's day. looks like you had a really special weekend :) xo!

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  17. Sounds like a great weekend, for real. I'm sure with that many kiddos life can get stressful!

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  18. That's a great idea to plant some 'fruits' during the weekend!
    And breakfast in bed...what's not to love?
    I understand about sometimes not showing the love for kids. I'm not a mom myself, but I was a nanny for years, and I loved the kids I watched so much, but sometimes, yelling at them happened, and I would wonder if they still loved me after that. But, they do. And in the end, that's all that matters.

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  19. You are so wise. Kids are just trying to learn their way around the world and being patient is super important. I never thought of it like that before.

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  20. Gawd I just want to eat all those berries up! And can't wait to see pics of the nursery soon. Also, you seem like an amazing mother to me. I don't know if I could handle stepping in and devoting myself to four children the way you did. Give yourself some credit, that is a big job and role to fill!

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  21. No one is a perfect mother, daughter, girlfriend, wife…etc. we all make mistakes, but atleast you make it look good :)

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  22. it's nice to hear honesty about motherhood...very refreshing :)

    sounds like you had a lovely weekend, well deserved!

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  23. sounds like you had a lovely mother's day weekend :) What will be sprouting from those seeds? :) And yay for your sweet husband painting your little gummi bear's room! (if forget...are you guys having the sex be a surprise?)

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  24. I am a first time commenter and I have to tell you, Happy Mother's Day first and second I bought seltzer and mixed it with my Newmans Own juice all weekend. I served it at my mom's Mother's Day dinner and everyone was very pleased. Thanks for the hint.

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  25. thanks everybody!

    @jaime-lyn, yesss! i love that you tried it-- it's delicious, isn't it?! and less sugar too.

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  26. just reading a post like this tells me that you must be an absolutely amazing mother to your children. i love the honesty.

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  27. between your love story and e tells tales, i've finally taken the time to write ours. :)

    thought you'd like to know.

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  28. happy mother's day! (a day late.) from the blog, it always seems you do a splendid job with the whole motherhood thing. and you look good doing it - bonus.

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  29. The fact that you were able to be honest with yourself and internet strangers makes you a great mother.

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  30. happy belated mother's day! despite all the times i got in trouble or my mom yelled at me, she is still my best friend on earth, and i wouldn't be half the person i am today without her. i'm sure you're much better at the whole mom thing than you think. :)

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  31. Aw, Happy belated Mothers Day!! Those berries look delicious :D

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  32. those berries look super tastey! hope you had a lovely mother's day! :)

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  33. In Mexico, Mother's Day is always May 10th, so happy Mother's Day Bridget

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  34. Happy late mother's day to you... those pictures made me smile the biggest smile. Ever.

    I'm sure you are an incredible mother.. no. no. I KNOW you are.

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  35. lovely post! :)

    http://traveloguewithlove.blogspot.com/

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  36. lovely post! :)

    http://traveloguewithlove.blogspot.com/

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  37. i'm proud of you for being a mom and planting seeds! seriously though.

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