Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Mother's Day got off to a bumpy start in our house (which is unusual for such a day).  Usually, the kiddos let me sleep in a tad and then they excitedly march in with coffee, homemade cards and smiling faces.   That did not happen this year and I really missed it.

We did go to a lovely brunch though.


My handsome bunch.  I feel so blessed.



Brunch was really, really nice.  And the peanuts gave me their lovely cards there. 

Kate painted this lovely heart and it says...I love Mommy because she is happy.  She dictated that to her teachers.  That makes me even happier.  I love that that is her perception because some days I feel like I am just fussing and rushing with the kiddos:)


Harry gave me the most beautiful card about raising a son.  I about cried. He also made me a coupon book good for hugs and kisses (he does not give those away freely or easily) and for lots of other chores and things.

Will also gave me a beautiful card and he made one for me too. He is such a sweetheart! And Dave scheduled a massage for me for next week. Yeah!


Brunch was so delicious.  Our whole family loves food. We really are foodies. They had everything from Alaskan king crab legs (Harry's favorite) to cotton candy (which was a huge hit with Kate)!




Will wanted to try the caviar...


But he did not like it:)  I love that he is always willing to try new things though.

We have been having lots and lots of doctor appointments and tests for Harry.  I feel so bad for him as there are many more to come.  But one of the things the gastroenterologist and the food allergist have asked us to let Harry have gluten and dairy!!!  Harry has been on a gluten and dairy free diet for most of his life. He has had it on occasion but it has been rare and he has had none for a year.  He needs to eat these so that we can get more accurate test results.  So, most of the food Harry ate was gluten and dairy free but he did have a cream puff and he was in HEAVEN!!!!  Luckily, he has not had any stomach issues as we have slowly added in some gluten and dairy.  This is quite miraculous.  We pray that this continues because in the past even a crumb or drop of gluten and dairy would make him severely ill.


The brunch was at a beautiful hotel and walked around outside afterwards.  There were beautiful black swans.  We did feel sorry for the swans though as their wings are clipped.



Just as we were leaving the hotel, I offered to take a photo of a family and grandparents.  Then I asked them to take one of us as we rarely get all 5 of us in a shot.  A huge gust of wind came and this is what he got....

Like my hair?  Not our best shot and Kate is not even looking:(

After brunch we went to the pool.

Kate being silly with Will's old goggles!

I mostly read my book  at the pool though.  I am reading the Hunger Games trilogy and I simply CANNOT put it down.  I would never in a million years think I could be interested in these books (they have a rather violent plot) but I cannot stop reading them.  I read the first book in a day and am almost done the second one two days later:)  I have so much empathy for the main character and I worry about her when I am not reading.  If you like a page turner, I highly recommend these books.  They are unlike anything I have ever read.

All in all, we had a very nice Mother's Day.  And I am very thankful to my Mother for her love and for teaching me all the values and principles I have today.  I am also thankful to Dave's Mom.  She raised a wonderful son who is now a great husband and father.  I wish she were still here on earth to know our children.


  1. Kim, sounds like a great day!! OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I read the hunder games in no time flat!! I loved those books and read them while we were getting finley in china. They are so amazing and such good reading. Belive it or not, I have Owen (10) reading book 1 and he loves it. I figured he could handle the story and wait till book 2-- AMAZING!!! Have fun reading!


  2. Looks like a perfect Mother's Day! Oh my -- Will is brave -- don't think I would try caviar!!

    Maddy and I dressed a bit alike for graduation/Mother's Day celebrating (she wanted to)-- she looked a lot better than me, but that's usual!! You and Kate looked adorable!

    Hope Harry does well with the tests. Take care and enjoy the end of school year craziness!


  3. I love the matching dresses! So nice!

  4. You look like you had a fab day Kim! As always great photos....could I be cheeky and ask you what mascara you are currently using? I couldnt help but notice your eye lashes in some of these photos!!!! Dx

  5. You really do have such a handsome bunch and I am in rhapsodies over your dresses!! You made me choke up a little about Dave's mom. Its all going to come together one of these days in heaven!! So glad the day was lovely!!!

  6. Sounds like a fun Mother's Day! That photo with 'the wind in your hair', is too funny. Lots of models get that 'wind in their hair' thing for photoshoots! :)


  7. Btw, I forgot to say, you're absolutely beautiful. :)

  8. I'm glad that you had a fabulous mother's day despite the bumpy start. I've said this a million times, but you have SUCH a beautiful family and you are SUCH an amazing mom!

    (You're my role model for the day I finally start mine!!)

    I absolutely love your dress. (It's on my wishlist) It was so sweet that you and Kate matched. Happy Belated Mother's Day!

  9. I'm glad that you had a fabulous mother's day despite the bumpy start. I've said this a million times, but you have SUCH a beautiful family and you are SUCH an amazing mom!

    (You're my role model for the day I finally start mine!!)

    I absolutely love your dress. (It's on my wishlist) It was so sweet that you and Kate matched. Happy Belated Mother's Day!

  10. I love your dress and Kate's matching one!!!! What a sweet day you all had.
    I read Hunger Games in the blink of an eye, and its SO not my type of book. But the trilogy is really good. I just finished The Help this weekend and honestly, I cried through half the book. So well written, and such an enlightning (sp?) read. Highly recommend.

  11. It looks like you had a great Mother's Day! Love the matching dresses!

    Be glad that Kate dictated "happy" on your card. Kamree told her teachers that I like working the most. Certainly, she has "working" and "shopping" confused! HA HA!

  12. Sounds like a lovely day! You all looked gorgeous...your dresses are very sweet. A belated Happy Mother's day!

  13. Your Mother's Day looked wonderful, and your dresses are darling! I really need to do this with Lucy, she would love it! Oh how I would LOVE to sit by a pool right now and just read in the SUN!!

    You have peaked my interest with the Hunger Games...however, I am a little creeped out about the plot since it is not the type of book I usually read...I am on the fence.

  14. You and Kate both look fabulous in your Lilly First Impressions! I wore the Chloe dress for Easter and have 3 other items in that same print - love it so .. Just wish I had a daughter to match with! ;)
    Glad you had a nice Mother's Day!

  15. Oh, Kim what a wonderful Mother's Day! You and Miss Kate look darling in your Lilly!! That print is my absolute favorite and you all look fabulous in it! And your boys, such handsome young men :)

  16. Love your Blog! Love the Mother/Daughter Lilly Dresses! And, I too was SHOCKED by how much I LOVED the Hunger Games Trilogy! I heard they have a movie in the works!

  17. Caviar, cotton candy & Alaskan King crab legs- WOW! That's certainly a celebration in my book.

    Glad your day was wonderful- I love the pic of the 5 of you because it has a great story behind it and it's ALL of you!!

  18. Love your matching Lilly dresses! I look forward to the day when I have a daughter to get some matching outfits!

  19. i love the little peeks into your world my friend...such a gorgeous family.
    sounds like a lovely brunch....or did you say lunch?
    you are such a wonderful mama kim!

  20. You and Kate are gorgeous!!

    Any day where there is cotton candy is an awesome day in my book!

    Glad you enjoyed your Mother's Day...praying for Harry!

  21. Love the matching dresses - what an adorable family you have.

  22. love your matching dresses...Y'all always look so beautiful...the entire family...beautiful.

  23. I am glad you shared the book with us, I will have to grab that one. You and the entire family look amazing, and my day started off the same way. I thought, "it IS Mother's Day people. Go ask Daddy, and let Mommy sleep!!" :) Glad it turned into a great day for you. Good luck with Harry. I will be praying for the little guy!

  24. Oooh if you are going to splurge on something, I would vote for a cream puff too! Yum-o!

    Love love your matching dresses!

  25. What happened to room service???? Well, it looks like they made up for it.. Everyone looked so FABULOUS!!!
    LOVE the first photo of the kids with Dave! And, you and Kate look so adorable!!! I never think to do that with the girls... I love that dress on both of you!!

    Kim, you are honestly one of the most amazing mother's I know!!!! You inspire many, and especially me! Your ability to truly listen to your children, Dave, and your friends and to always give thoughtful and wonderful advice full of wisdom is hands down one of the things I admire most about you! I am blessed to call you friend!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  26. Sounds like you had a great day! Love the photos and the matching dresses.

  27. What an amazing mothers day! I love how cute you and Kate look in your matching dresses, it is so sweet! I have heard about the Hunger Games...I think I may have to add it to my list. I am thinking about getting into the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones), which is also something I never thought I would get into, yet after watching a couple of episodes on HBO I am really curious about the books!

  28. What a wonderful day Kim! You have such a beautiful family so of course you look great in all your photos!

    Will be thinking of Harry over the coming weeks!

  29. What wonderful family photos!

  30. What a beautiful Mother's Day Kim, all three of your boys are so charming and you and Kate looks so pretty in your matching dresses! Love the black swan, so pretty!
    I'm glad the day ended well and you were able to get some relaxation, you are a great mom and deserve nothing less!

  31. You have such a beautiful family!

  32. gorgeous pics. Love the dresses!!! It sounds like Mother's Day recovered:)

  33. LOVE the new matching Lily's!! Beautiful pictures of you and your peanuts!

  34. Love your dresses! Sounds like a great day! I would be all about a buffet with cotton candy! :) I pray you can find something with all of Harry's testing.

  35. What a wonderful Mothers Day! Also, Hooray for Harry... I kmowhe must be excited!

    As for The Hunger Games, my 12 yr old really wants to read them. Has Will? I must be honest and tell you the plot literally makes my stomach turn it is so disturbing.

    PLEASE email me or comment on my blog about it. I really do respect your opinion!

  36. Kate,
    Can you please email me at I would SO appreciate it! Can't find a way to contact you other than this.

  37. Wow - that close up of Will looking right into the camera is STUNNING! What a handsome young man. I would definitely frame that one!

  38. such a precious family...dressed to the nines! ;) happy belated mother's day!!!

  39. Such a beautiful family!! I simply adore that you and Kate wore matching dresses! love it.

    prayers for Harry!


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