Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

My mother's day this year was definitely better than they were in years past... Not because I got a lot of material items, but because for the first time in a long time it actually felt like I was being appreciated (or in the very least appeased LOL).  Saturday we went to Countryside Greenhouse and I got a lot of flowers to plant in our outdoor garden (some potted, some planted in the ground); and I then spent the rest of the day plating outside.  Something I have not done in the last 2  years due to surgeries and hospitalizations and just sheer depression.  Willow helped, Evan helped, Orion hung outside for a while and I got sunburned.  First one of many to come this year.  You see, it may seem silly to be so happy that I got to work in the garden and dig in the dirt and plant flowers; but you see that is one thing that I LOVE to do.  It allows me to reconnect, relax, remember to slow down and love this life.  So Saturday we had a BBQ dinner as well, so it was indeed an awesome start!

Sunday we went to church as usual, lunch outside (for those of us who wanted to), and a trip to a couple of parks, an ice cream treat, an awesome dinner made by Jon, walks around the neighborhood.... It was truly an amazing Mother's day.  I have no pictures of the day (sorry for those of you who love the pictures); instead we were out enjoying the time together.

I hope every other mother I know out there also had an amazing day as well.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Our start to May

Well April Showers bring in May flowers, but April and May tend to be very busy months at the West household as well. So far in the month of May we have had Jonathan's birthday; which seems to be a celebration lasting over an undetermined amount of days at this point.  So, we had a birthday breakfast on Thursday, a choice of fast food out that night as we didn't have time to have a home made birthday dinner so its his day he picked (Sonic in case you're wondering).  Friday I made his cake and pancakes for dinner, we still aren't sure if he really had a birthday dinner or if I just tried to slide in a trick here. LOL   But, we then went to Detroit for the PHF benefit concert (you can read about that on Willow's Wishes), and then to my brothers on Sunday where they surprised Jonathan with a spider man cake for his birthday and gifts for the boys.
It was so great to see them again and just hang out.

So, since there isn't too much going on without going into crazy detail and possibly crying, let me share some pictures of our weekend celebrations with you instead:
Friday morning Jump with Jill assembly with Evan at Palmer Elementary

Not sure the cake really was on fire, or if the picture is just blurred... 
Before candles

At Uncle Mike and Aunt Nichole's celebrating

Evan got in on the fun too :) 

Happy Birthday Jonathan... 14 already?! 
All the kids together.... well, minus Orion he is too small for the table still ;)