Sunday, June 9, 2013

mom's day & birthday *5/12/13*

Brad's travel dates changed a few times from before he left to the day he came home.  
We knew pretty far in advance that he wouldn't be home for my 31st birthday & Mother's Day...
 which coincidentally happened to fall on the same day this year.
I missed him, but he still made sure to make it a special day for me, even over all of those miles.

I'm not a "send me flowers" kind of girl.  I never have been.
Instead, I always appreciated the subtle surprises like the time he drew a heart in the snow on my windshield before I left for work,
or the time he left a single yellow rose in a water bottle in the cup holder of the car for no reason other than to let me know he was thinking of me.  And Brad knows these are my favorite surprises.  It was hard for him to deliver his typical "I love you" from Florida, but he didn't disppoint.
I don't think I've ever received flowers at work, so it was a very nice surprise when I received a beautiful arrangement of sunflowers on my doorstep for my special day.
I love knowing that he went out of his way to send me an extra ounce of love on this day we couldn't be together.

To celebrate Mom's Day, I did some research & found a local Tea Room!
 Tea Rooms are popular in Pennsylvania.  I used to go with my mom from time to time!  I loved that & loved sharing the experience with Norah, too!
We made sure to include her in on the fun of an afternoon tea & brought a tea cup from her play set from home!  She loved it & so did I!!  We enjoyed scones, salads, & quiche.  Our tea of choice was the chai spice.  We were able to pick out our own tea cups from a china cabinet full of them.  I had a hard time choosing between the one with shamrocks on it & the floral print, which I knew I had seen before.  I'm almost positive my mom had a collection of them or one of my grandmothers.  I couldn't put my finger on it, but I went with the floral print to honor those wonderful ladies in my life {regardless of who collected that print}.

I have become a little ditzy in my first year as a mom.  I forget my camera ALL of the time!  Between having to remember the diapers, wipes, milk, and most importantly... THE BABY, I am bound to leave one or two things behind & it always seems to be the camera.  Thank goodness Omah had hers to capture so many of these moments!

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