Mother’s Day 2024

For weeks before mother’s day Adam had been asking me what I wanted to do on my special day. When I finally sat down to look at the calendar, I realized the day was already scheduled. Hebrew, Art Class, and a soccer game filled the day from 8am until 4pm.

Still we made the most of it. I took the day off cooking. Presents were waiting for me when I woke up – a spa day at the Peninsula, gift cards to Nordstroms, as well as a check from my MIL.

I spent the evening on the couch reading, blissfully ignoring my the endless sweeping, wiping, and folding I do every day. I paid for it the next morning when Jack was out of socks and I was frantically rummaging through the laundry to find them, though!

In the evening, we got take away from our new favorite Thai restaurant, Oliang Cafe.

Everytime we go they ask if we are having a big party. No, I always answer back just the six of us.

Overall it was a low key day, which I found successful as I hate trying to strong arm the kids into doing activities I want to do just because Hallmark decided to celebrate mothers for one day.

The truth is I’m the one who is grateful for being a mom to these kids. And not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.

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The Twins Turn Twelve

Unfortunately for the twins, their birthday fell on the Friday night that we were travelling to St. Louis for a Soccer Tournament.

They were super cool about it, though. Didn’t complain at all when, instead of treating them like the little princes they are, we made them drive 5 hours after school to arrive in St. Louis very late at night.

The last time we were at this tournament we ended up with adjoining rooms that were located right behind the check in desk and next to the elevators. We all slept poorly with pillows over our heads. We also lost every game we played. So I went into this year’s tournament with some trepidation.

We changed the hotel we stayed at and got a much better, quieter rooms.

Not so quiet after we arrive!

The twins seemed untraumatized by last year’s events. They went about their weekend in their charming, merry ways.

I’m so pleased they are such good friends

This year, they played a lot bettered and it showed!

Sam plays Defense and is like Roy Kent – He’s Everywhere!
Soccer at the Travel Level gets very Physical
Small but Mighty
Aaron Steals the Ball
Now that they are Older, Headers are Legal
Aaron Trying for a Goal
Will it Go In?
Aaron’s Signature Celebratory Airplane Arms
Team Mate Approval
As Always, Aaron looks for Adam’s Approval as well

We didn’t win enough games to play in the finals, but at least we didn’t lose every game like last year either! The twins wanted to go see the City Museum so with the afternoon now free, we headed over.

Lots of Nooks and Crannys to climb into
Slides in all kinds of weird places
Breaking off in Groups of Two and Riding the Ferris Wheel
Outdoor Area, Aaron was not a fan of the height!
Slushies and Pizza for Lunch

Since we couldn’t celebrate this weekend, we booked a special dinner the next weekend.

Missing Jack who’s friend had a Birthday Party on the Same Night
All Chocolate Cake from Sweet Mandy B’s

And the celebration continues! The twins chose to delay their birthday party by a month so they could have their party at a floating water park. Stay tuned, that blog is coming soon….

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