Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Picnic

We had a lot going on this weekend, but I'm going to start with yesterday, because my Mother's Day was just about perfect. When my sister & I asked my mom what she wanted for Mother's Day, she told us that all she wanted was for us to host the picnic for our family at the country house. She didn't want to grocery shop, cook, bake, clean, or do dishes. We agreed in amazement that she wasn't sending us to J.Crew or Kate Spade. 

We spent the week coordinating with our cousins & dividing up the tasks. Then I drove down with to our country house with my parents & Ella on Saturday night and stayed the night there so I could start prepping first thing in the morning. My sister & her fiance arrived around 10, and then my husband arrived with large iced teas for everyone at 11.  

with my mom & sister - basically my best friends
The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we were able to have our picnic on the back porch in the sunlight. It was perfect. I got some sun on my legs, the boys did all of the grilling, Ella played on my aunt's lap with her cousin Ethan. Maybe it was the sunshine, maybe it was that we were all together, but everyone was just happy. 

my sister was insistent that as a God Mother & a dog mother she deserved to be celebrated too! 
Babs the Baby Whisperer strikes again! 
sweet baby Ethan & look at Miss Ella's hand! such a diva
Later in the afternoon we headed back towards Rochester, making a stop to see Eric's mom along the way. She had just cleaned out her garage, so Ella got right to work playing on all of the toys in the yard! 

riding the tricycle with daddy
my absolute favorite picture of the weekend
teaching Great-Grandma Sally how to use the tablet
As always, everyone enjoyed playing with Ella. Weekends like this make me wish that we lived closer to everyone. An hour away really isn't that bad, but it does mean that you really only see everyone on weekends. Sometimes it can be just overwhelming enough to make us want to move back home. I can't see us moving back to a land without Chipotle, Starbucks, and Target though... so I guess we'd better adjust! 

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