Tuesday, May 15, 2012

mama's day. my favorite.

a quick post for mother's day because disclaimer: i'm not used to having three kids and i am about to lose my ever loving mind, but more on that in a few days when i post a lot of pics of my new little family!

when i hear my mommy friends or my sisters ask, "so, what are you going to do for mother's day?" it always startles me. i am a mother and for that reason alone, i get to be  {officially} celebrated one day a year.

when i hear 'mother's day', i think about my own mom and how we kids used to piece together a breakfast made of burnt eggs, toast, and pancakes. proudly we would surround her, eagerly waiting to hear how much she enjoyed her blackened breakfast. 

now, i am the mother and i realize that it is me that will be the honoree of the day and it feels...good and i feel special. and the kids feel special too. for days daddy has been explaining what mother's day is and the kids know that they each have unique jobs to do in order to make the day a proper success. 

i can only imagine that they feel like they are a part of something really important and for that reason alone, i love mother's day. that and the fact that i get to sleep in that morning. 

i have only celebrated 7 of these days, but one thing i remember from each and every one of them...it all starts with early morning cuddles. bed head and all, i get extra hugs and kisses and this year was no different except that i had an extra body in bed with me this year...our little ivy joined her brother and sister and gave extra mama lovins.

i can't resist: i know i am a mess here, but i wanted to remember this exactly as it happened. me...a real mess when they hopped into bed with me before jeff grabbed the cam for our photo shoot!




every year (except maybe last year when mama had a little too much fun the night before mom's day) we go to isle of capri to celebrate mother's day...it's one of my favorite places to be and this year especially, i couldn't wait to pack up our crew and head on over to the familiar beach speckled with friends and other kids i love. 


beckham came down with a fever, so jeff stayed with him so i could go to IOC for sunset. so peyton, ivy and i made the drive to the beach and made it in time to dig in the sand a bit before the sky began darkening with lightening filled clouds.

it was epic as it was ivy's first time on the isle. 




my girls and i were hangin' and it felt good. it was good to be back on this beloved beach. it was good to feel the wind and see the palms swaying in the sky. 

kids were digging and carrying pals. peyton was collecting shells and looking for crabs. i was craving a piece of fried grouper and a cold beer and one of my kids was almost always needing me for something. it. was. perfect. 

i can say that all the work of packing up the car and making the trip to the beach is always worth the effort. always.  

on the way home, the baby was crying, we were tired, bug bitten, sweaty, and full of sand when peyton asked me, "did we have a girls mothers' day, mama?"

i smile as tears sting my tired eyes.

"we sure did, sweetheart. we sure did."

and in that moment, a wave of gratitude washes over me. gratitude for these little beings that i call my own. i feel proud to be the mother to three kids that may one day take their own littles to a darkened beach at the end of a day to dance in the sand, chase lost rainbows, and eat fried fish.  


this was my first time making a trip to the beach with a newbie and it was a little harder than i thought, so friends took turns loving on the little lady. 





aside from being tired. completely whipped of energy and badly needing a makeover and a live in healthy cooking chef...i am so happy. 

mother's day 2012 was the best mother's day to date. not because of where i was but because of who i have at home, in my bed each and every morning. three monkeys that love their mama. my babies. my life. 

peyton, beckham, and little ivy. 

happy mother's day to all of you wonderful mamas out there. we are doing it ladies. we are doing it. making memories and  building people. there is not a more important job than this. 

feels good to be back

next post, a nest egg necklace giveaway from a very talented jewlery maker. 


Ciara said...

What a lovely post on your first mothers day as mama to 3. I love that you don't take any of it for granted, and I can just appreciate how blessed you feel.
By the way, you look amazingly beautiful in those early morning bed shots - no fair!

Ciara said...

Oh, and Ivy's little yawn in the first photo - pure magic!

Hazel said...

I love this post Heidi. How blessed you are by three loving children and husband, who spoil you just the way you ought to be.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, don't worry about when you make it back there, you've got plenty keeping you busy at the moment. IG is like micro-blogging anyways!

Erin said...

you are a beautiful, precious mama and i wanna be just like you if i'm blessed with littles someday :)

i LOVE what you said at the end - that there is no more important job than being a mother. that is SO TRUE. you're a great example of a mama - through your blog & even your instagram pics. :)

Sian said...

you don't look bad at all!!!! Baby is looking gorgeous too.No surprise there! I'm glad you enjoyed mothers day xxxx

mumofsix said...

Welcome back. What a lovely post. So glad you had such a good day. It wasn't mothers day here in the Uk. We had ours in march. I wonder why! My husband and his family never really did much on mothers day and consequently my children dont make too big a thing of it. Sob! It does make me a little sad. I can hardly direct the day can I? Never mind. So glad you have such a fab husband who celebrates you with your children. Anyway. Beautiful photos, beautiful kiddies and beautiful mama. What a magical place that isle of capri seems to be. Hope Beckham is feeling better x

Heather said...

"aside from being tired. completely whipped of energy and badly needing a makeover and a live in healthy cooking chef...i am so happy."

Boom! This needs to be on a tee shirt, I'd buy it!

Beautiful post, got me teary and little Ivy staring at her blanket made me giggle. Babies make the best faces. Peyton really is just a lovley yong lady. Hope your little man kicked the sickies in the tush and is feeling better.

Happiness is... said...

Building People. Wow. Love that last thought.

It is amazing to be a mother and to think about the special aspect of bearing and rearing little ones. It's the best adventure of my life. By far. Happiness just seeps out of every crevice of my being.

Happy mother's day again.

xo, Jennifer

cathy said...

Happy Mamas Day!!
Sounds like a wonderful day, indeed Heidi-

enjoy every other day as well, they go by too quickly


Maria said...

Welcome back, Heidi. Simply beautiful pictures.
IOC looks heavenly. Ivy is so adorable...you & Jeff make lovely babies, mama!
Glad you had a great mother's day. You look amazing! Come back soon..
p.s. Thank God for IG!!

Annette said...

Happy Mother's Day!! I love the pictures of you and the kids. Just Beautiful!! I am mama of 3too. It does get easier, I promise :)... Between you and Kelle, you have made the IOC sound amazing. Whenever I do make it to Florida, it will have to be to visit there.

Rebecca said...

so beautiful, mama! your love is laced between every single word. -and you captured the lion love perfectly!! xo

Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids said...

What a beautiful Mother's Day. And, I LOVE the first thing in the morning pictures. :)

Anonymous said...

Heidi I love reading about you and ur beautiful family. Next time you are in Michigan I would love to see you all...I love my children dearly and they make the world such a better place everyday and I am very blessed to be adding a 5th lil bundle to our mix!! Having 3 does get a lot easier but at first u will definitely have ur hands full! You are such a great mommy and one day you will see all the rewards of that!! Love reading about you and the family so I will be watching for your next post! God Bless and we hope to see you soon!
xo Trista

Sarah said...

I haven't even seen the pictures but I love your words!!!

megsplegs said...

happy mother's day heidi! it's been so exciting watching you continue this adventure called motherhood with the addition of sweet little ivy bean. thanks for posting. :)

Heidi said...

Annette, thank you! Im sure it will. Im losin it but lovin it too:) yes, ioc is amazing. It feels like home. Hope you get there soon.

Heidi said...

Erin! ThNk you! I cant wait for you to experience mamahood. Its the best thing in life.

Thank you maria and happiness is! X

Megspleg, i knOw. So lucky to have a baby in the house again and the kids adore her!

Trista, xo congrats on #5 so exciting!!

Kelly Jo said...

I love your blog!!! and your kiddos are so darn cute!!! I hope to visit IOC one day!! You and Kelle make it seem so inviting!!! Can't wait for more post!
Kelly Jo

Shannon {ava_caitlyn} said...

Loving the beach photos! I miss the Ocean so much. Living in the desert stinks. LOL! Those kiddos of yours are just gorgeous, and you are such a fabulous Mama! Happy Mothers Day to you!

Lisa Hewlett said...

I don't know why, but your last words made me cry. In moments where I doubt that i'm doing a good job, words like that lift my spirits. Good Lord, motherhood is HARD, but it's wonderful. You're wonderful!

Anonymous said...

So excited to see a new post from you and see pics of your darling kiddos!

This right here just about sums it all up exactly..."aside from being tired. completely whipped of energy and badly needing a makeover and a live in healthy cooking chef...i am so happy."

Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

Rhonda said...

Blessed indeed my friend.
I had one curled up in each arm and a baby kicking in my belly on Sunday morning.
It doesnt get much more perfect then that :)

Glad you had a great day.

Jeff is doing a bang up job capturing all these Momma pics....he deserves some extra lovin for that ;)


Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

I'm so excited for a new post!!!! I love Mother's Day so much and I'm so glad you had a good one!!! I know juggling 3 kids had got to be hard but I can tell you're kicking ass at it. I can't wait for the next post!!!

Alli said...

Awesome post and pictures. The ones of you with your kiddos in bed are so cute!

Anonymous said...

those sweet little baby thighs!!! could anything be more loveable??? life will settle down soon enough.. it all comes into place and one day without realizing it, you will be a great mama to three just as easily as two!! little bit overwhelming right now--but you will be just fine..glad you enjoyed your mothers day..Louise

caygraymomma said...

Okay, first, those early morning pictures- gorgeous- took my breath away. You are glowing with your babies.

Three gets easier and more magically wonderful as they grow together.

Sounds like you had just a lovely day and for that I am so happy. You are a dear sweet sensitive soul, and I am so happy for your exhausted bliss. Motherhood rocks.

So glad you had a team of arms to make that first trip to the happy place, just right.

Jannice said...

Beautiful...looks like you had a perfect day. That IOC looks wonderful - what a great tradition - and I agree packing up for a trip to the beach...always worth it!! I can't wait to have my fair share of beach days this summer!! Happy Mothers day to you! Hope Beckham is feeling better.

figwittage said...

Isles of Capri looks so idyllic! A happy (late) mother's day to you! I enjoyed napping with my 19 month old kiddo for over an hour (he now snuggles right up against me... I love his warmth!) You have 3 beautiful kiddos! xx

Evelyn Louise said...

LOVE the picture of the chairs on the beach... That might be my favorite non-people shot out of the ones you & Kelle posted.

Heading to the beach this week with my one little... by the end of summer I'll have a second one to tote along.

Reading this post made me want a third... we'll have to see.

Thanks for sharing your life with a world of strangers!

Jen Bacarella said...

I just loved reading this post...I remember going to Capri when we visited and just completely fell in love. I know how much this place means to you how special to have Ivy's first visit there on Mother's Day...love you and miss you! The countdown has officially begun

Dara said...

The pictures of you and your babies in bed...beautiful!!!

aimee jones said...

All the pictures are beautiful, esp. the first three!!!

Susie said...

I have tears running down as I read this. I have a sweet little ALMOST 1 year old, will be on June 5th, and I stay at home with her. I never thought I was going to be able to have a baby, or stay at home with her, and it all is here now. But...lately she has been such a test to my patience and it helps SO much to hear other Mama's say that it is hard for them too. Some people make it look so easy and I know it can't be as pretty as they make it sound! I just want to thank you, Heidi, for reminding me that our jobs are so tough but so worth every single minute! Happy belated mother's day :)

Patti said...

I am waaaay behind on blog reading...happy mother's day ! love the first few photos- I delete mine from the camera so my daughter doesn't post them anywhere, but you look too beautiful to have to do that. Love that little Ivy, what a doll :)

Jennie said...

a girls mothers day...that made me cry!!! being a mom sure is amazing, isnt it?

Anonymous said...

MISS the updates on you and your sweet sweet kiddo's lives! Come back and visit when you have the :)

Anonymous said...

Heidi - Maybe, just maybe, a picture post??! Just a picture or two..I am going crazy over here wondering how big Ivy is and how the big sis and bro are enjoying summer!

Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

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