Mother's Day dawned yesterday with cah-rappy weather and grumpy kiddos who had gone to bed too late the night before and who were also all sorts of cabin-fevered. Initially, we had planned on taking them on a bike ride along the Ogden River during a break in the storm, but it was just too damn cold and the one thing I won't tolerate on Mother's Day is being cold. So, we ended up taking them over for a play date while my girlfriend and I went to get pedicures and left the kiddos with their dads. Spending time with the kids on Mother's Day? I mean.. who does THAT?
For dinner that night, I threw on some leftover taco soup. You know... the one the kids loved on Saturday but suddenly loathe on Sunday? That one. Don't like leftovers? Tough. It's Mother's Day... and I'm not supposed to do anything on Mother's Day. I think it's a law or something. So, taco soup it is! And also, if there's one day in the year that you DON'T tell our mom that you "don't wike dat!" while pushing away the homemade food she's lovingly put in front of you, IT'S MOTHER'S DAY. Brat.
After that epic success, we decided that the only way to salvage the day was a trip to get ice cream at Burch Creek Mercantile. We didn't tell the kiddos where we were going so that we could surprise them. Think about that for a minute. On Mother's Day, we go out of our way to surprise our kids. And it's not just Mother's Day. Last year for Father's Day, both girls got new bikes. We're doing this wrong, I know. But I'm not sure how we get back on track with this nonsense.
So, yea...we wanted to surprise them. But it's also true that we kept the surprise from them because we've been to this rodeo before and wanted to make sure we had all the facts before we told them to avoid hysterics and a meltdown. (And then there was the worry that THEY would be upset.) But mostly it was to surprise them on my special day.
Of course, the Mercantile was closed. Because, you know... karma. For those of you not in the know, a spring Sunday in Utah + kids + raining = misery. To add to the misery and also get our ice cream, we decided to go to McDonald's. Which is where a little part of me died.
As we sat in the drive-thru, I thought about what I always envisioned Mother's Day being... and how I never thought it would include a trip to McDonald's for ice cream to quell the beasts (she said lovingly in between refereeing their fighting) in the backseat. I asked Benny to remind the kiddo's why we were getting ice cream because I may have threatened them with no food for the rest of the night if they didn't eat their dinner. And yea, they didn't eat their dinner... BUT WHO WANTS ICE CREAM?
Tiger Mom I am not. But at least I get ice cream.
Because he's a good man, he reminded them without rolling his eyes. And did so as as he was being handed their ice cream cones through the service window.
"Alright kids. Do you know why we're getting ice cream? It's Mother's Day! It's Mommy's special day so we're getting something special!"
I didn't even have the energy to look horrified as the McDonald's worker raiser her eyebrows and smirked. I imagine she was thinking: "Yea, you're one special mama to get McDonald's on your special day. What are you going to get for your birthday? A root canal?"
So, I gave her my best: "HEY! THIS WHOLE THING WAS MY IDEA!" look. And then threw the $4 for my Mother's Day treat at her and had Benny peel out.
While the kids were happily slurping their cone and The Bean was eating the paper with the cone, we headed up to Ogden Valley for a nice family drive. It's beautiful in Ogden this time of year, but particularly so in Ogden Valley, where everything is green and the surrounding mountains stretch into the sky like they're just waking up from a long nap. Those mountains... they make me jealous with their long naps.
Everything was going great... both girls were happy from their sugar high and Benny and I were able to have a conversation about the Ogden Marathon that is happening next week, and my one experience in running it many moons ago.
"This spot right here... this is where the wheels fell off."
"Mile 18? That's pretty early in the race for the wheels to fall off, babe. "
"Yea? Well, you can just go ahead and suck it."
"Oh... this part is brutal... but not as brutal as this part... or this part."
"You've only pointed out the flat parts of the course. So, what you're saying is it's only brutal when you're not going downhill?"
"Yes. You don't need to sound so smug, by the way. I know my weaknesses. Anything not downhill is one of them."
And so on.
And then The Bird threw my bike helmet at The Bean in the backseat and EVERYONE'S LIFE WAS RUINED. It's unfortunate because it was really just a slight misunderstanding... Bird-zo thought it would be funny. The Beaner didn't. So, her face melted off and we had to do some quick front-seat parenting. Which basically means we took the helmet away and threatened to cancel Christmas... and order was restored.
Halfway down the canyon, The Bird started complaining (started? or continued? jury is still out... because she's got this thing about complaining... in that she's always. complaining. about something.) that her tummy hurt. Not to be outdone, The Bean also started complaining that her tummy hurt and she was going to "frow up!". Which caused The Bird to declare that she was going to "frow up first. And Mommy... my tummy weally, weally hurts!"
And then Mommy, the voice of reason, declared that frowing up was not a competition and there would be no frowing up because that's just weak... and how disgraceful it is if they can't hold their ice cream.
See... we've also been to this particular rodeo and knew that there were two possibilities: 1) they're faking it because it was too quiet and there was a need to fill the silence or 2) crap. motion sickness.
As a parent, there's no right way to play this as you're driving down a tight, windy canyon... other than just begging your child to hold on till we got out of the canyon and could pull over. And, as is the norm for this type of situation, the "frow up" occurred right as we came around the last corner of the canyon.
And that was my Mother's Day. How was yours?