Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Marvelous moms

"What is a mom but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights."
                                   -Robert Brault

I can't believe that I experienced my 2nd Mother's Day this last weekend already! Wow does time fly. And I must say, this year's Mother's Day was just so much different for me than last year's. I obviously loved Liam last year just as much as I do this year, but this year I feel like I love him just SO much more! It's amazing how love can just grow and grow and grow. I am so fortunate to me the mama of this little cutie pie:

And I'm fortunate to have the mom that I have :) She is loving and caring and always listens to me when I complain/cry/rejoice about things. She's funny, smart, strong minded and strong hearted. And I wouldn't trade her in for any other mom! I love her just the way she is. Thank you mom, for being my mom.

And I'm lucky to have a great mother-in-law as well. She is kind, honest and always puts everyone else's needs before her own. And she mothered the man that I fell in love with, so I can't complain! Thank you, Carol, for being you.


So....Matt and I had been working on a TOP SECRET project for Mother's Day this year -- gifts for both of our moms. And now I can finally reveal what we made! They're not finished yet (we wanted the moms to tell us how to finish them), but here's a little looksy:

Homemade Mileage Marker Arrows

Matt made a bunch of arrows out of leftover wood from our kitchen remodel.
Then we painted them in three different colors - a light aqua, an earthy beige and a cream .

Here they are, ready to be personalized.

I bought stencils and outdoor craft paint from Hobby Lobby.

Here they are personalized with 1) the names of places that are important to
our moms and 2) the distance from their home to the place

These are some of my mom's arrows: Lambeau Field, Pocono Mountains,
Madison and the Apple Store!

These are some of my mother-in-laws arrows: Hawaii, Jamaica, St. John and Lambeau Field.

We weren't sure if our moms would want these arrows attached to a pole or a tree, similar to the photo below, or if they would want them hanging on rope.

Once the moms decide how the want they want them displayed I will be sure to post photos of the finished products.


Things that made me smile last week:

Liam and I went for a nice long walk with my friend & her son

Matt was out of town, so I picked up a gyro and a piece of baklava
 from a local food cart for dinner - yum!

Liam giggled while playing outside with his cousins

We went yard-saling with my sister-in-law and niece all day, in the rain!

I picked tulips and daffodils from our flower gardens

We scored an awesome weathered teak table & chairs from an estate sale

We celebrated Mother's Day with our moms at their homes,
 and then at our home in the evening

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