Yes, I know that Mother’s Day was three weeks ago. Due to my ridiculous delay in posting, I will leave out most of my thoughts on the holiday itself. In short, it has been a difficult time the past few years. This year it wasn’t quite so bad. I do feel that I am firmly on the path to motherhood, and I even received a couple of much-appreciated Mother’s Day cards from family members. (It really meant a lot to me!) Somehow the beagles forgot to get me a card or gift, even though they remember Father’s Day every year. Hmm. But, the best part was that my mom visited for the weekend! She knows it can be a tough holiday for me, and frankly, she doesn’t care to spend Mother’s Day away from her children. So it worked out well for both of us.
After Mom arrived on Friday afternoon, our first order of business was to take her for her first taste of Ethiopian food. One of the waitresses at Dukem came over to our table and asked us when the adoption group was coming back, so it was cool that they remembered us. Mom was excited to try the food and really enjoyed it. I thought she would, but you never know how one will like a very new and different cuisine, let alone one that does not involve using any utensils!
On Saturday, Mom and I indulged in some retail therapy in traditional mother-daughter form. After that, Craig, Mom, and I took the beagles out for a hike on the nature trails at a local park, where we came across Macy’s slightly larger doppelganger (a foxhound mix) before heading home for a dinner prepared by Craig.
On Sunday, we enjoyed a leisurely morning and then headed down to Alexandria, Virginia to pick up Craig’s mom for lunch. It had been several years since we had both of our moms together, so it was really nice. Craig’s mom lives very close to Mt. Vernon (George Washington’s home), so after dropping her off, Craig, Mom, and I went to explore the grounds and mansion. It was all very beautiful and quite impressive, and it was really interesting to see how the wealthy lived in the 1700s. It was a lovely afternoon and we all enjoyed learning a bit of history before dropping Mom off at the airport on our way back to Baltimore.
Since my mother and I live in different states and don’t get to see each other regularly, we really enjoy our visits with one another. This was no exception; it was a really nice weekend. Thanks for coming to visit, Mom!