Hey so yeah. I made it to my SECOND Mother’s Day – woo!

We had a pretty low-key day with lots of mama pampering for me by my wonderful and loving husband. He even cleaned the house on Saturday so I wouldn’t have to think about all the filth on this special day. I KNOW!!! What a guy.

I got to start off my Mother’s Day well-rested because Ryan got Sonora up for the day so I could sleep in. Once I got up, I was greeted with presents! Ryan had gotten me some books to read with Sonora and a gift card to Olive Garden – perfect. Then we enjoyed some delicious homemade french toast with strawberries, courtesy of my favorite chef. So yum.

Next, we took a stroll downtown Golden to check out the chickens and the sheep that have their home at the Clear Creek History Park along Clear Creek. Sonora really liked them for about five minutes – baa-ing at the sheep and cawing at the chickens – but then she took off walking. She mostly stayed ahead of us but occasionally we had to chase her down after she turned around to go in the opposite direction. At one point she was reaching out for me and whining a bit. I asked her if she wanted to hold my hand and she grabbed it immediately as I held it out. Melted this little mama’s heart right there on the spot. She also enjoyed collecting rocks along the way (I will have to start a rock garden for her collection) and walking on all the different surfaces and terrain – rocks, bark, gravel, grass, hills, dirt and cement. She’s a little adventurer. Excellent.

Cawing like a crow at the chickens. She thinks all birds say "caw". It's ridiculously cute.

Mama love! Or apathy. Whatever.

Getting tired of the sheep.

Saying "bye bye"


Exploring and rock collecting.

Another surface, must walk on it.

Trying to pose nicely in the flowers since my Mother's Day shoot for the grandmas was not very successful.

Still met with the same success.


Hello, fish.

She insisted we walk on this private pathway by a hotel. Okay.

We didn’t do much the rest of the day except for meeting our NEW BABY NIECE! Wee baby Ella is SO wee.

And we went to night church. We were just a little too late after dropping Sonora off at nursery so I didn’t get my gift this year – sad times. I was more than slightly disappointed, as you can tell by how I couldn’t leave this detail out of this post. Call me greedy but it made me feel special last year when we all stood and received our gifts (trial size Bath & Body Works lotion) so I felt bad that I missed out. Not to mention I found out it was a Starbucks gift card. Noooooo! The inhumanity!

Moving on…ahem. For dinner, Ryan asked me to pick out a steak so he could grill one up special for me. This man is alll miinnnne ladies. And after the nugget went to bed, we just relaxed with a movie and ate some homemade chocolate lava cupcakes, fresh from the oven. A perfect ending to a wonderful day spent with my favorite people.

Now, to reflect. Because what kind of post would this be if I didn’t yammer on about my feelings?

This Mother’s Day was a bit different than last for a few reasons. It was 50 instead of 90 – we wore coats instead of t-shirts. We were at our new house (oh goodness, we’ve been here for a year already???) instead of a rental. I celebrated my first full year of motherhood instead of only three months. And it was a little more special than last year because I’ve gained a new appreciation for motherhood and all its ups and downs.

I’ve been a mom for more than a year and I’m ready for many more years of this. It’s still just as great and new and exciting as it was last year because every day is still different. I learn more and Sonora learns more. We are growing together in so many ways and it’s awesome.

I wouldn’t trade this job for anything.

Hope all the mothers out there had a happy Mother’s Day. We all deserve happiness. We are blessed.