Monday, May 10, 2010

Precious Moments in a Mother's Day

Isn't every day a Mother's Day? I am happy that a special day is set aside once a year to honour mothers but I delight in the fact that I get to be a mother every day of the year! I was really blessed by my children this year - no bunches of flowers or boxes of chocolates but something I really needed - a trip to the hairdressers on Saturday! It has been a while since my last visit and my long, thick hair was in need of much more than a trim. The stylist spent one hour thinning out and restyling my hair - seriously there was enough hair around my chair on the floor of the salon to make wigs for every bald man in my church!

The older children all contributed the money from their wages to pay for my pampering and the younger children blessed me by being on their best behaviour at the salon - sitting still and looking at picture books on the leather couch in the waiting area for more than an hour as my hair was washed (they have a reclining massage chair - I'm going back to this salon!) dried (this took forever!) straightened and cut by a really nice girl who knew what she was doing. I'm very happy with the new mid length style and it does literally feel like a weight has been taken off my shoulders!

Even my little man blessed me by being content to sit on his sister's lap and look around the salon taking in all the sights and sounds - it was very busy. I guess there were a few other mothers having their annual haircut!

On Mother's Day we celebrated by sitting down around our family meal table to enjoy a roast lamb dinner at 3pm. It was worth the wait. And of course I didn't do any of the preparations. How blessed I am to have daughters who can prepare and cook a full roast dinner and make delectable desserts. We had some friends drop by later in the afternoon so we shared our desserts, she made two and we were too busy chatting over coffee to take any photos and later in the evening I sat down with my husband to watch 3 back to back episodes of my favourite drama (24 I've never missed a season and believe this is the last one - oh tell me this is not true, I will start a petition and call it 'Bring back Jack'!)

All that remains of the pumpkin pie - who on earth is that piece meant for? My American friends, she did you proud!

So this morning I carried my camera with me from room to room, in the hope of capturing some special moments to share with you.

I was supposed to be making the bed but what would you rather do - smooth out a doona or play peek a boo with this little guy? He can now remove socks - doesn't he realize they are by 'bebe' and cost $10 a pair! BTW I did not pay this - I could not even contemplate paying this for baby socks! But someone did and sold them at a garage sale (brand new) for a dollar.

With a very tight budget this month after insuring and registering the family vehicle, a new outfit for Mother's Day was out of the question but I really did need some jumpers for the cooler days that lie ahead. With just $10 in change in my purse I ventured out to one garage sale and found what I was looking for - designer clothes in size 8. I came home with 3 new tops including this faux fur trimmed jumper. It is really warm and fits beautifully. You ought to see the silk dress top I found and was wearing yesterday!

So here I am doing one of my favourite things this morning - making my sourdough bread. This is my apricot and almond version. It will rise all day and be baked this evening.

I'm training this guy for Masterchef 2028!

Talking of Masterchef, we made judge Gary's date and walnut scones this morning. They were wonderful and because there was no butter in this recipe I made them in half the time - no greasy fingers from rubbing in the fat. I can guarantee the phone always rings when I am rubbing in the butter but not today. Note the lemon zest - this makes all the difference to the scones. The recipe is from Gary's new cookbook 'Comfort Food' - that's my kind of food! I'm seriously thinking of buying this cookbook but for now I have to be content with the recipes which featured in the newspaper - his rice pudding is going on trial soon!

I snatched a few moments at lunchtime to savour a scone (okay I had three - they were that good, especially warm from the oven) and browse through 'Australian Country Style' - that cover I love - I have a cat like that and a faded quilt and a battered couch, all I need to do now is haul my couch outside, go and raid the neighbour's roses in order to scatter enough petals on the ground and persuade the cat to come down off the bonnet of my son's car to sit serenely on the couch and pose for my next blog photo shoot. Don't hold your breath! I didn't attempt to recreate this scene, I had spelling books to check over, narrations to listen to and books to read aloud.

This book holds a special place in my heart. 'Anne of Green Gables' was the first long book I read aloud to my son ( the one who turns 18 in July) when we first began homeschooling. He was six years old and his protests were the same as I heard from my ten year old son today 'But it's about a girl'! You just wait until you hear about the mischief she gets into' I informed him. 'You are going to love this girl! Your brother did.'

I tend to agree with Anne on days like these.

'Isn't it a splendid thing that there are mornings?'

With Love and Joy,

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A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

It all sounds so thoughtful and wonderful!
I love Garage sales and Do not get to go to really any Anymore as they are too far away but when I do it is bliss!
So often I find what I need when I need it,Thats trust sista!
I have My Mums copy of Anne and It is so tattered and Old but it is so Precious,I have all the movies too but Did'nt like the last one the Continuing story

Joolz said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous Mother's Day you had. Your little guy is growing fast and is so chubby.
I absolutely love your big old mixing bowl - I only asked my 80 year old mum the other day, what happened to hers? Unfortunately, it got cracked several years ago and she tossed it. I was so sad.
What a fantastic, newsy, funny post about your every day life. Loved it.

Cheers - Joolz

SF said...

Your little man looks like your other children more and more as he grows! He is just gorgeous. :) Well done on those garage sale finds Ann. Love that haircut too. :) xo

Renata said...

Hi Ann
What a lovely Mothers Day you had - & I love your haircut - you look beautiful! What a great find at the garage sale - that jumper suits you - I love it when God blesses us at exactly the right time with exactly what we need.
Your baby is just adorable & I love that pic of you reading on the lounge - your daughter is sitting exactly the way my kids love to sit - as closely as possible!
I hope you have a wonderful week - We're hosting some bible college students here & I am a little nervous - but keep reminding myself of the "entertaining strangers" verses from the Bible. I'd love any tips you have.
God bless

Jen said...

What a great post and what a wonderful day you had on Mothers day - I have been reading your blog for a bit but this is my first time posting and I wanted to say Happy Mothers Day Ann - you are a such blessing to my life as I read your blog and you are an amazing Mother! I don't write as much as I should in my blog so I am trying to more and more!! You are an inspirations! Thank you! God keep you safe in his arms and keep blessing you each and every day!

Farming On Faith said...

I loved catching up on your blog. I have been way to busy. I have our Mother~Daughter Banquet this weekend and then I have a little break before Ashley, Alex and Boston come home for 2 weeks. I am so excited.

I love your new hair cut. You look dazzling in it! So cute. Your boy is getting so big and I loved hearing about your Mother's Day.

Have a wonderful week dear friend!

Beth said...

Hmmm....Anne of Green Gables, huh? From now on, I may have to think of you as "Ann with an E"...I love that book, too! Size 8?? I haven't been a size eight since I WAS eight. (Or perhaps since I was 13, anyway!)
Thanks for your comments on my blog!
You are wonderful!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Have I ever been here before? Forgive me please, because I can not remember! I am just going to leave a quick comment and say thank you for your comment but I can't wait to read more of your blog!
Hair looks great by the way!

Elinor said...

Loved your new hair style Ann.. thats one thing I really need to do... I hope you can post the recipe for the pumpkin pie as this is one dish I have always been intrigued with. I love garage sales also - what a bargain and a blessing to find lovely clothes. Ann of Green Gables is a favourite for me also but have to say my all time favourite L.M. Montgomery novel is the Blue Castle.. When you do read alouds how long do you usually spend reading a book to the children? Have a great weekend

Unknown said...

wow, clever girls...mine arent the cooking type. Love the new jumper..I have a favourite red cableknit jumper that I bought for about $3 at a garage exciting to get a bargain and something you will love :) Am also a fan of MasterChef and Country is a great mag..
plus how do I get pics to go exactly where I want them? Yours look good and mine tend to end up all over the place when I publish. All I know hwo to do is when I downlaod the pic it goes to the start of the blog entry and I do a copy then paste to move them round but when i go to publish they dont end up in the right places...any advice greatfully recieved :)

Molly Betsy @ Star Cottage said...

You look fabulous. What thoughtful kids to save up and send you to the salon ;)
And to make dinner and dessert too! You are one blessed momma!
My mom and I read Anne of Green Gables together when I was young and I read it to my girls now. Such fabulous memories.
So glad you had a lovely mothers day.
Many Blessings,


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