We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day here in Cincinnati to be celebrating Mother’s Day! My mom had some unexpected errands to run in the morning, so Sarah and I took advantage of the extra time and prepared her a delicious surprise brunch…
Sarah made these loaves of pumpkin and cranberry bread – both so delicious. I ate several slices piping hot and straight from the oven!
I was in change of fluffy scrambled eggs…
And delicious fruit salad – strawberries, grapes, and pineapple. My three favorites – YUM!
Mom’s favorite – fresh tulips!
And no brunch is complete without a pitcher of orange juice.
After brunch, it was time for pedicures. I treated Sarah and mom to an hour of relaxing in massage chairs, reading magazines, and having our legs scrubbed and massaged – heaven.
First pedicure since…February? My feet were in serious need.
Can you guess which ones are mine?
The mothers day fun didn’t stop there. After pedicures, we took mom to one of our favorite local spots – the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Sarah and I are both OBSESSED with the Omnimax films they show there. It’s sort of like IMAX, but 100 times cooler. The are usually nerdy or scientific documentaries, which we absolutely love. Today’s feature was called Tornado Alley, and it was intense!
After an hour of watching raging tornados, we stepped back outside to discover sunny Cincinnati at its finest.
As much as I have really missed Casey and the road-trip caravan, I’m really glad I got to spend this extra time here with my family. Time together is so rare and precious these days.
I think my mom had a wonderful day, which is all I had hoped for. She makes every day so special for us, and it feels good to get to remind her how grateful we are for all that she does all year long.
It was interesting watching the tornado film, and thinking about the storms that rolled across our country just a few weeks ago. So many people lost so much, and are still struggling to get by. But the timing of the film was perfect, because even though it was sad to see the devastation, there IS something we can do about it today!
The always generous and adorably sweet Callie from Wannabe Athlete asked me to be part of her Blogger Baby Shower! Callie’s sister lives in Tuscaloosa, one of the areas that was hardest hit by the storm. Her sister has shared that the area down there is so devastated, donations of cash aren’t even always usable, as stores and resources are completely depleted. So instead of asking for cash donations, Callie has set up an online baby registry to benefit the victims of the Tuscaloosa tornados..
How can you help? Simply visit the baby registry and purchase any item – big or small, every purchase makes a big impact. The items will be shipped directly to a church in Tuscaloosa, and will be handed out to the families who need them most.
And since no baby shower is complete without the opportunity to win a prize. As a little extra incentive to help out, everyone who purchases an item off the registry will be automatically entered to win a $50 HomeGoods gift certificate from The Inspired Housewife or a $25 gift certificate from At The Picket Fence. (Amazon keeps track of everyone who makes a purchase from the registry and we will randomly select the winners from that list.)
Thank you for anything – big or small – that you can do! I personally am going to buy diapers, because I can’t imagine having a diaper-less baby – eeek!
Up at 4am so I can catch a plane bound for the West coast. See you in SEATTLE!