mother’s day (2017)

Michael didn’t have any extra church meetings on Mother’s Day, so we got to start the morning off nice and slowly, with some surprise donuts from my favorite local bakery! He’s getting too good at sneaking out on Saturday evening to buy donuts, and then hiding them until Sunday morning (which he’s done on several holidays for the past few years). However, I think he’s learned not to tell Kaya where he hides them anymore- she’s been a secret-spoiler lately!

Admittedly, I sometimes wish that Mother’s Day would be renamed to something that would be inclusive for all women, because I know how hard this day can feel for so many because of that title (sidenote: there actually is an “International Women’s Day” on March 8th of every year). The reality is, even if someone isn’t a mother by the standard definition, they equally deserve to be honored for their work and righteous, loving influence over others. I have so many amazing women to look up to in my life, and I am so grateful for them.

The best part of the day was hearing the Primary children sing at the front of the chapel during sacrament meeting. Kaya was waving to us for a good part of the performance, all while attempting to remember the words to “I Often Go Walking”. I can’t believe that next year, Kaelyn will be up there with her!

The girls came home from their classes with Rice Krispies treats, but gave them to me, saying, “Because I love you!”, as they handed them over. In truth, they actually don’t like them, but hey, the sentiment was just as sweet, and I can’t pass up free Rice Krispies treats. I love these little girls with my whole heart, and even when we have rough days, I still feel so much gratitude knowing that they are mine. It’s a little crazy, a little wild, and so perfectly imperfect, but I wouldn’t trade my days with these three for anything.Kaya actually did two of these little “my mom” surveys (one at the library and one in her primary class), so I thought I’d condense the answers here. These types of things always make me realize that maybe I’m doing a little better at this job than I tend to think I am.

My mom is… 29 years old.
My mom has blue eyes and brown curly hair. (she told me she was making up a pretend mommy for this one)
Her favorite flower is… a heart flower. (not sure what this is, but it sounds like something I’d like!)
My mom always says I love you. (melt my heart!)
My mom makes the BEST pumpkin bread. (currently Kaya’s favorite breakfast)
She is SO good at… taking care of me.
My mom is funny when she has daddy laugh at her…
…and she laughs when I give her a hug.
My mom’s favorite color is blue.
My mom’s favorite food is pizza.
My mom’s favorite game to play is Candy Land.
My favorite memory with my mom is going to the store.
My mom always forgets to close the van door. (hahaha… so true!)
My favorite thing to do with my mom is going to Target.

mother’s day 2016

This year was the best Mother’s Day yet… and it wasn’t because we did anything spectacular or even very out of the ordinary. Mostly, I was overjoyed to see Kaya so excited about celebrating the day. She was absolutely exuberant when all the primary kids went up to the front of the chapel to sing (this song) at church… She was even waving and grinning at us!_MG_1841Both girls made some fingerprint flowers for me in their classes. I love those tiny hands and I’m so glad to have these.kayakaelynmothersdayfingerprintsKaya even helped Michael make “square shooter” cookies as a special treat… and then she proudly carried some upstairs to me with a glass of milk right after I took a nap, announcing “Happy Mother’s Day!” as she strolled into the room._MG_1860 We also took a few pictures, because I’m almost always on the other side of the camera, and getting a few pictures with my babies is my one real request every year._MG_1844I think we ended up with some hilarious candid ones. This is motherhood for real, you guys…_MG_1842_MG_1846 With all the hustle and busyness of moving into our home just a few days prior, this low-key day turned out to be perfect._MG_1851Kaya also did this little survey in Primary, and it’s pretty hilarious and sweet, so I had to include it:

My mom’s name is: Tara

My mom is 2 (?) years old.

My mommy’s job is: clean the bathroom

My mommy laughs when: I do funny faces

My mommy is really good at: Mom

My favorite meal my mommy makes is: spaghetti

My favorite thing to do with mom is: snuggle

mother’s day 2015

We didn’t really do anything on Mother’s Day this year… but we did take a picture, and that is worth posting!_MG_7426I could write a whole post about everything these two have taught me… the way they love me and test me, fill up my heart and then try my patience. I could list out all my favorite moments or tell you how much it means to me to be a mom to these special spirits.

But today I want to just keep it simple.

I love these two little princesses with my whole being. I usually don’t feel like I even deserve them because they really are that amazing.

I feel blessed, and I’m so grateful for this sacred calling. Even on the tough days, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Hope you all had a great Mom’s Day 🙂

mother’s day 2014

I know I’m a little late posting about Mother’s Day, but we were out of town spending a fabulous week at the beach, so I’m going to catch-up a little now 🙂

This Mother’s Day was the best yet. I got extra hugs, kisses, and compliments, and just felt a little extra-loved all day long. Kaya didn’t want to take a picture with me, but that’s pretty typical these days.
05112014collage1 I actually woke up before Michael (which is typical), had breakfast, and started getting ready for the day when he drowsily told me that he had hidden away donuts as a breakfast surprise! Luckily, there’s no law against eating donuts for lunch 🙂Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

Michael was super sweet and gave me a little at-home pedicure. He actually did a really great job- my toes looked so pretty for our beach trip!

I even got to take a nap, which is something I definitely cherish these days. I’m not sure I’m going to get any sleep at all in just a few weeks when our new little girl gets here! It’s so crazy to think that next Mother’s Day, I’ll be trying to hold two girls in my arms for a picture (although I’m sure Kaya will be running away from the camera by then…)

photo-a-day for may (7-12)

Day 7 (something beginning with F): First Mother’s Day card- from my mom! 🙂IMG_20130507_184740

Day 8 (shape): Hearts, stars, and horseshoes (hopefully I’m not the only one who remembers this commercial from childhood)! I have been pretty obsessed with Lucky Charms lately, so it was only fitting to use them as my “shape” photo.IMG_20130508_164814

Day 9 (a snack): A chocolate-chip muffin (my other obsession)!IMG_20130509_193011

Day 10 (stars): See that green toy at Kaya’s feet? Yep, I’m counting that for my “star” photo. Although, Kaya is kind of the star of our lives right now, so she could count too!_MG_5644

Day 11 (a smile): Technically I cheated and took this on day 10… but it was just too good to not use!_MG_5672

Day 12 (a mother): Sometimes, I still can’t believe I’m a mom… (probably because I still feel like a kid disguised in an adult body)! But I am so thankful for this little sweetheart and that I get to be her mommy._MG_5736

mother’s day weekend

Our weekend was one of the laziest we’ve had in a while! It felt good to just watch Netflix, sleep in, and then stay in our jammies.

_MG_5705 We might’ve had a lot of dessert, too (I promise that that is not just a bowl of whipped cream… there’s ice cream hiding under there)!05132013photogrid2

I made chocolate-chip cookies, too! While they were baking, our friends Lauren and Rory stopped by and surprised me with one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received.  They wanted to do something for me since Maggie passed away, so they brought a little stuffed guinea pig. I’m so grateful for amazing friends.05132013photogrid1 We took a couple of “mother’s day” pictures. Kaya was being crazy and we couldn’t get her to smile, but I think this captures the essence of her personality._MG_5736 I’m so grateful I get to be this sweet girl’s mama._MG_5739Michael helped make and even clean up from dinner (tacos)! It was nice to be able to relax a little.