Monday, May 4, 2009

My Simple Hopes for Mother's Day

I don't consider myself to be a high-maintenance woman.

And yet...

When it comes to holidays like Mother's day, my uber-intelligent husband is usually stumped.

On the off-chance that he is a regular reader of Midwest Moms, I'm going to make things easy for him this year by listing my simple hopes for the day. And I'll bet dollars to doughnuts the price tag at the end will be within reach.

On Mother's Day, I want...

  • My husband to be the one who gets up and showers early so that he can help the children get dressed for church. I also want the luxury of an extra five minutes of silence in the shower, and of choosing only my own church clothes, not everyone else's.

  • To get family obligations (i.e. any visit or gift-giving or phone calls to my Mom or his Mom) done before noon. Afternoon and evening belong to me. I am hereby claiming them.

  • Home-made drawings from my children. Honestly, they are the best gifts the kids can give me, and I will never tire of getting them. Hallmark and American Greetings have absolutely nothing that will out-do my kids. (And I save every drawing, so you know I must love them!)

  • Time outdoors. If it's good weather, I want to be outside. So, if you're planning, plan to be out. (Hint: pack a bag with essentials, like sunscreen and drinks... It's what I would do.)

  • A clean kitchen at the end of the day (that I didn't clean!) I don't care if we eat every meal and snack out for the entire day or if we just use paper plates and napkins all day. I just don't want to wash a single dish on Mother's day -- or have a pile of them waiting for the day after.

  • A letter from the man I love. It doesn't have to be the great American novel, but it does have to help me feel appreciated for all the things I love to do for our family.

That's it. Pretty simple. I don't require diamonds or roses or a trip to Europe (although, if you're planning that, super!) I just want an easy day with my family with a few of the usual burdens lifted from my shoulders.

Now, isn't that easy?

- Midwest Mom


  1. Why is it that it does sound pretty easy to me, but it would overwhelm my hubby to come up with, let alone to actually do it. :-)

    Hope you have a great Mother's Day anyway.

  2. Mom24 --

    Well, I emailed him to say "Hey... there's a roadmap to the Mother's Day I want somewhere on the internet. Try searching Midwest Moms! You might find it! ;)"

    Hope he gets the hint!!

    - Julia

  3. Sounds like a great day to me! And I agree. I just want to shower and get ready and get into the car for church, and have my kids bright and cute and in their car seats ready to go. Sounds slightly like heaven.

  4. Sounds like a lovely day! I just want to eat my breakfast sitting down the entire meal and I'm with you on the homemade drawing from the kids!

  5. :D

    Okay... now we just have to get our husbands to read our comments!

    Who knew this would be so easy for them!

  6. Your wish list for the day sounds like a very doable thing - and my wish for you is that it all comes true! (Men seem to think this has to be some complicated thing - don't know why they can't do or get simple!)

  7. I love your list! I am so blessed because I don't live near either mother so the entire day is MINE (bwahahahaha!)

  8. This is EXACTLY what I want too!
    I may send this link to my husband because he fails pretty miserably when it comes to numbers 1 and 5.

    I certainly hope you get this beautiful day you have designed and maybe even a wonderful surprise or two.


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