What a gorgeous day today was! The weather was just beautiful! The biggest blessing to me was to be able to spend the day with both my mother and daughter. I know for many that is not possible for many different reasons, and my heart aches for you, so believe me I do not take it for granted for even a second. Now, if only I could have had my sweet grandma here THAT would have been something! But I know she had a great day with my Uncle and cousins.
Grace is indeed my "sweetest bloom" as her little apron reads and she loved giving me a rose, then taking it back and giggling, and back and forth. Noonie and Papa A.J. joined Lance, Grace, and I for Mass and then treated us to a wonderful lunch at a local italian bistro. Here is my beautiful mother and my sweet little pumpkin, who was fascinated with the waiter fluffing the table linens - I think it reminded her of the parachute at her gymboree class because she kept staring at him!!! Later when we opened gifts at home, Grace was a great helper (translation: she was excited to tear open the paper and play with the ribbon). I received some very sweet gifts, but my favorite was the one "from Grace" - a sweet picture of the two of us when she was about 6 months old in a pretty silver frame engraved "mom". Grace had a great time playing with daddy and as you can see, Lance was a great sport about it!
My favorite memory from today: Grace fell asleep on the way home and when we got home and got her out of the car, she looked so sweet and cuddly I couldn't put her down in her crib. I held her the entire time she napped, which was close to 2 hours!!! The way she curled herself against my chest, the smell of her hair, the little puckering gestures she made in her sleep...it made my day! And it reminded me of this sweet moment when she was not quite 1 day old. I realize that all too soon, a time will come when she won't want me to cuddle with her, when she will no longer fit so perfectly in my arms, so for now I'm soaking it up and holding on tight.
The bond between mother and child is just so pure and beautiful. I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day filled with the kind of memories that last a lifetime!