Mother’s Day, Isolation Style

Like everything else lately, Mother’s Day this year looked a little bit different from our normal celebration. I still took a picture with the Fab Five, and I even wore my Mary Blair mother and child print dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, but we had to take the picture at home instead of at church…not being able to go to church was probably the biggest disappointment of the day for me!

In the end, dinner ended up being a lot more special than usual on Mother’s Day. We never go out, because I just don’t have the patience for it, and I often end up cooking…something that I enjoy, but usually something pretty simple. This year, I decided to splurge. Since we can’t go to Chicago in a few weeks as we had planned, and won’t be stopping for lunch at Portillo’s on the way home, I decided to bring Portillo’s to us, with their mail order service. I thought the price was very reasonable, especially given how much meat they included, it wasn’t hard to heat up, and I’m not kidding when I say it tasted almost as good as if we had been dining in the restaurant!

Dessert was another splurge…as long as we were already having a Chicago day with dinner and the movies we watched (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, While You Were Sleeping, and Save the Last Dance, plus catching up on a few episodes of the Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance), I decided to order an Eli’s Cheesecake. It was also delicious, and again, almost as good as having it in Chicago!

These are strange times to be living, but I think we’ve been doing a good job of adapting and creating new special memories!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter also happens to be Mother’s Day, so of course I had to wear my Mary Blair mother and child print Lydia dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, plus my white hat and Duchess Bangles from Splendette, including the new candy pink variety:

And a bonus picture of me with the Fab Five…it is Mother’s Day after all!

A Markel Family Mother’s Day

Time for the latest installment in the “Markel Family Holiday” series!

Let’s start with wardrobe. The Mary Blair Mother and Child print Lydia dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is the perfect outfit for Mother’s Day. Really, the outfit just creates itself, and I have to say, it’s nice to have a day where I don’t really have to think about what I’m going to wear!

Since Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday, we’re always at church in the morning. This year was extra special, because we were on Altar Guild duty. Of course, while we were there, I had to harangue the Fab Five into taking a picture with me!

My children are very thoughtful gift-givers. I received both a book about Mary Blair, and a new Lego Architecture set. They know me so well!

Ryan and I didn’t get to spend the day with either of our mothers, but when Ryan’s parents were here for Ladybug’s birthday last week, his mom gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers that I somehow haven’t managed to kill yet, so they made our dinner table extra special!

Speaking of dinner…my one rule is that we don’t go out to eat on Mother’s Day, because I hate dealing with crowds. This year, I decided to try a new recipe for spinach-artichoke pasta that seemed both easy and delicious, and everyone in the family liked it! I made my favorite asparagus to go with it, and we had carrot cake for dessert:

The rest of the day was spent doing things I enjoy, including watching a dubbed Animal Crossing movie that Ryan stumbled across. It was a very fun, relaxing day, and I’m happy I got to spend it with my family!

Mother’s Day Lunch

I knew that Turkey was planning a Mother’s Day surprise for me…it’s been pretty obvious that he was working on the logistics of it for weeks. But I didn’t know what it was, aside from the fact that it was something that would require Ryan’s assistance after church today. Well, I think Turkey did an excellent job!

He knows how much I enjoy sushi, and how unlikely I am to buy it for myself. So he and Ryan went out to buy me a special lunch today, and Turkey arranged it on the platter himself when they got home. He was also surprised, though…he didn’t anticipate that they would have heart-shaped sushi today! That made my lunch extra special, and was a treat for both of us!

Mother’s Day Dinner

Since it is Mother’s Day, I figured I should pick what we had for dinner. You couldn’t pay me to go to a crowded restaurant today, so I decided to make one of my favorites, plus something new for dessert:

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Tostadas with pork carnitas, jack cheese, and avocado slices, plus some avocado salad on the side. What can I say? I really like avocados, and so do my girls! For dessert, I made a sopapilla cheesecake, which was easy to make, and delicious. That one is definitely going in the permanent file!

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Our pastor prayed a prayer very similar to this one this morning, only he also included a petition for mothers who have lost children. I wish I had the full text of that prayer, because I found it especially comforting this year, but this is equally beautiful, from the LetUsPray section of the LCMS website:

“Blessed Father, You grant us life through our parents and You set children in families. Be pleased to bless our mothers, especially on this Mothers’ Day. Help them recognize the holy office You have entrusted to them, and strengthen them to serve faithfully and well within it. Grant that their motherly service may not be burdensome, but rather joyful and glad. Bless all women who do not have children and those whose children are estranged from them, that their hope and confidence may ever remain in You in whom true joy is found. Give us loving hearts that freely give thanks for our mothers, that heartily forgive them where they have failed and fallen short, that willingly obey them, and that gladly honor them. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.”

An Early Mother’s Day

We celebrated Mother’s Day a day early today–at the ballpark!

I think these seats were the best ones we’ve had at Busch Stadium so far. They were on the top deck, but they didn’t feel as high up as the last time we went. We were also on the third base side of home, so our view of the game was awesome! The skyline view was equally as awesome–especially the Arch. It’s also the first time we’ve really had a good view of the arch mirrored in the grass of the outfield, which has always amused me as far as ballpark aesthetics go.

The day was perfect–sunny and in the low 70s, with a nice breeze. It was also hat day, which was fun, and I think the hats are actually really cool. The only downside to the game was the fact that the Cards lost. I think Moose’s face sums up how we all felt about that!