Sunday, May 10, 2020

Grandma & Me: Our Mother’s Day In Lockdown

Happy Mother's Day!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day in spite of the circumstances we are all living under now.  It takes a lot more creativity to make holidays special when most of us are still under quarantine, doesn't it?  It kind of reminds me of the "olden days" when more thought and effort went into a gift instead of money.  I know in our house, we all put our heads together to try and make the day special and meaningful.  We were hoping for nice weather so we could go to a state park, but unfortunately a cold front moved in so we decided to stay home and do some fun activities instead.  


Our day began with an amazing breakfast made by my husband.  He is the KING of French Toast!  I tell you, no one can make French Toast better than my husband.  So for my Mother's Day gift I requested French Toast with strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast.  Now, I'm normally a Keto/Low Carb/No Sugar kind of gal but hey, it's not only a holiday but it's the apocalypse as well so why not splurge?


Alethea has never had French Toast before so this was a treat for her as well.  She did not know what to think when she saw my plate! 


But she dug in and gave it a try and boy did she love it!  She ate the whole thing!


The special treatment for the day didn't end with breakfast.  My son-in-law did the dishes and I opened my gift from the kids.  I was so happily surprised to see a pair of walking sticks to use on all the hiking adventures I take with my husband.  I did sadly remark that I hope someday again I will be able to use those walking sticks and we won't be imprisoned forever.

My son also face timed me during this time.  It was sad that he couldn't be with us, but it was nice to see his face on a screen at least.  Hopefully we will be able to be with him soon.

My granddaughter Alethea requested a tea party for Mother's Day so I purchased some pretty treats, and brought in some cut tulips from my garden.


Just like Easter, we all got dressed up in our pretty dresses even though we didn't go anywhere.  We made paper crowns out of glitter paper and jewels.


Since Alethea had the prettiest dress of us all, we coordinated our outfits around her.  I wore a blue/teal wrap dress from Stitch Fix and I added a white cardigan for warmth.  I also designed my crown to match my dress!  A Mother's Day crown must coordinate with her outfit, right? 🀣




My daughter Ashley made some delicious herbal tea to go with our sweets.


We had a lot of gluten and sugar today, especially for people who don't normally have it in their normal diet.


To our delight, the store bought cupcakes and tea cookies were delicious!  I've been so busy in the garden, it was easier for me to buy them than make them.


We're expecting a frost tonight and I'm praying my beautiful garden won't be dead by morning.  All the crab apple trees are just about to open, and all the tulips already are blooming.  I always get so sad when we get snow/frost this time of year.  It seems to happen almost every year too.


I just love Alethea's dress!  It's so gorgeous.  We let her wear it most of the day, and I wore mine as well (except I put black leggings on underneath to stay warm!) since it was a special day.  I kept my crown on all day too!  I was queen for a day after all!


The tulips were closed up tight outside, but when I brought them inside the warm house, they opened up wide.  I actually prefer the look of a closed tulip, but I know so many people love to see them open.  Which way do you prefer?



I know I was so blessed this day to be able to spend Mother's Day with my kids, as I know so many other Mother's could not.  I hope and pray you all were able to do something special this day even if you couldn't be with your families.


God Bless!

Amy

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40 comments:

  1. What a beautiful Mother's Day, Amy! I love the crown-making and color-coordinating and what a fabulous idea to have a tea party! Alethea looked beautiful in her dress and no wonder she loved that French toast - it looks amazing! The tulips are just gorgeous opened. We always think of tulips as closed but I love them even more opened! We actually went out to eat...into a restaurant... They're re-opening here (is it a good idea? I don't know but I know we need something to save the economy at this point). I hope you have a wonderful day-after and come down off your sugar and carb-loading high :P

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    1. Yes, I think it's a great idea to go out to eat in a restaurant. I certainly would, we need to do everything to help get the economy back up and running. And I'm definitely cutting back on the sweets and carbs today! Thanks so much.

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  2. My baker whipped up homemade waffles for breakfast and Evan helped make my favorite cinnamon butter to go on them while my husband made bacon. My husband and I headed out on a 3 hour hike! And we wrapped up our day with my baker whipping up some Texas Roadhouse copycat rolls while my husband grilled steak and Ian baked up potatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli. We also had a cheesecake Alec made so yeah-- lots of sugar and carbs here too. I did get out in the later afternoon to deliver mother's day gifts on doorstops and texted with my family and friends throughout the day. I just LOVE Alethea's dress and think it's so cute you all coordinated with it.

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    1. Oh, your Mother's Day sounds wonderful. You have such good cooks in your family. And the three hour hike is a great way to work all those extra calories off.

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  3. This was so wonderful to read Amy!! I just love how your granddaughter was the inspiration for your outfits!!
    And we did the same thing with our eating yesterday! We started with pina coladas made with ice cream and then ended with ice cream....OMG
    OXOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. thank you! It sounds like you had a great Mother's Day too.

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  4. It looks you had fantastic day :) i see happy family and delicious cake :) in Poland we have mothersday 2 weeks later :)

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  5. you had a great time with your family :) and those french toasts looks delicious :)

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  6. Great post! Thanks for the information! Stay safe! 🌈🌈🌈

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  7. Hi Amy - Great to see that you all had such a wonderful family time with some delicious dishes. I love French Toast. One of my favourite :-)
    And thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments. :-)

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  8. How lovely that you've been able to isolate together as a family. I've missed Easter and Mothers Day with my kids and grandgirls, but the restrictions are being lifted next week (YAY!!) so we have a visit locked in - they're coming for a few days from next Wednesday - I'm so excited!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM 😊

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    1. Yes, it was good that they were here. I never would have survived the pandemic without them. It's depressing enough as it is. I'm so happy restrictions will be lifted for you next week and you get to see your kids again. I fear they might be playing politics here in the US and states with Democratic governors will be so slow to lift to hurt the economy on purpose.

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  9. This looks like the most beautiful mother's day! Loving the smile an Alethea's face. And the french toast looks delicious topped with the whipped cream and strawberries!

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  10. Looks like a great day! I am so glad you were able to enjoy your family! Happy May!

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  11. It sounds like a great day. The important part is the feelings that are shared.

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    1. Thanks, it was. Yes, that's the most important part.

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  12. Sounds like you had an awesome day!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 12, open May 1 to 26. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

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  13. A beautiful day — and that French Toast is to die for! #MLSTL

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  14. What a delightful Mother's Day celebration! You are truly blessed to be together with your grandchildren! Alethea looks like a little princess in her pretty party dress! Your grandson has grown so much! Ashley is beautiful, like you Amy! Love these photos! Happy memories during a difficult time.

    Blessings!
    ❤️carmen

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    1. Yes it was a delightful Mother's Day, thank you so much!

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  15. What an absolutely beautiful day with such great memories made. We drove to our daughter's house in Sydney after COVID restrictions were amended and enjoyed home made scones and more along with seeing our 4 grandchildren - 3 are adults now. It was the best! Denyse #mlstl

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    1. Thank you, it was. I can only imagine how wonderful your reunion has been. I haven't seen my son since Christmas.

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  16. Your tulips look beautiful! It's so nice you were able to spend Mother's Day relaxing with family. Here in Australia they lifted the travel restrictions a little further, and the number of visitors you are allowed to have a little more, it happened to be on mother's day so it was great everyone could visit family again! :)

    hubby even got takeaway food so I didn't have to cook dinner - it was marvellous!

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thank you! You're so lucky they are lifting so many restrictions in Australia already. Some states are lifting restrictions here in America, but others are playing politics which is hurting a lot of people.

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  17. You guys certainly made the most of the day. I was so down-in-the-dumps with out either of my daughters or any of my granddaughters with me. Easter was pretty much the same way. But, guess what? Both of my daughters and all of my grands will be with me this time next week. And we can celebrate both holidays at one time. Hallelujah. I want us to get dressed up, too!!
    That is some delicious French toast! No wonder Alethea ate every bite.

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    1. Yes we did. I don't blame you for being down-in-the-dumps. I think the separation from family has been the worst experience of this whole ordeal for most people.

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  18. Oh what a lovely Mothers Day indeed and your husband really went all out. And love Alethea's reaction to the French Toast!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  19. What a lovely a Mother’s Day! And your granddaughter is adorable.

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