I hope all of the Mothers out there are having a fantastic Mother’s Day (or “Mommy’s Day”, as we explained it to Ali). And for those of you who weren’t being heathens (like us) and coming home from vacation, I hope that Church was wonderful as well.

Because on Mother’s Day, all of the Pastors in the whole world preach about how wonderful and vital and deserving of adoration and pampering and thanking profusely and bowing down to mothers are. It’s all about praising mothers and exhorting* Fathers and Children to love them more.

*Guilt tripping

But then. . . on Father’s Day? They preach a message of exhortation* to the Dads:

*Huge Guilt Trip

“How to be a better Dad”.

“What your Kids Need From You”.

“Six Ways to Show Your Family that You Love Them”.

“How Terribly Guilty You Should Be For Every Second That You’re Not Investing In Your Family’s Emotional Need for a Father”.

So, for all you Dads out there, I hope you listened to the Mother’s Day Sermons today and replaced the word “Mother” with “Father”. Because you deserve some adoration too.

Just don’t forget to tell us Mothers Happy Mother’s Day.

Oh – and I wouldn’t suggest telling your wife today “I deserve some adoration today too!!!”. Let’s just keep that piece of advice between us.

As for us, we are home from Chattanooga!

I know that Ali will be suffering majorly from PVSS* over the next few days, much like her case of PTSS after the Thanksgiving Holidays.

*Post Vacation Stress Syndrome

She has been so thrilled with the idea of staying in a house with “everybodeeee”. She is typically a late sleeper, but she does wake up and fall back asleep a lot during naps and nighttime. Usually she just cries for a second then goes back to sleep, or she opens her eyes then closes them right back, after realizing that she is not in the mood to get up yet.

However, she was having so much fun on our trip that sometime in the early hours yesterday morning, I heard her wake up, look around (yes, I heard her look around), realize that we were still on vacation, and yell “YAAAAAY!!” at the top of her lungs, while clapping.

Luckily, she was able to easily take her lazy, late sleepin’ self back to dreamy land when I told her that it was still very very night night time, and that everybodeeeee was still asleep.

Which meant we could take our lazy, late sleepin’ vacation selves back to dreamy land as well.

Ali and Eli had a blast hanging out together all weekend, and so the last vacation pictures I have to offer are of the two of them chillin’ on vacation:

Eli really wanted to pull Ali’s boingy curls (I guess he hasn’t realized that he has them too):

She really didn’t want him to.

But I finally convinced her to pat his head in return:

And then everyone was happy.
Later that day, they both wanted to join me in the “warm pool”. I found that although on the surface, it seems like a hard thing to do (hold two squirmy toddlers in a bubbly hot tub), it actually is easier than out of water because of the help from my good friend water buoyancy.
Well, that’s it from me. I hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day and fully enjoyed your uplifting and adoring sermon this morning, whether you are a Mother or a Father.

Oh – and did someone pick me up a potted plant on their way out of Church? Because I just KNOW they were giving them away to all of the Mothers today.

5 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day! And Stuff.

  1. I did not pick up a potted plant for either of us, because I went to my mom’s church with her today. I sure did miss SMIC, though. I did get a carnation, though, and some colored flowers from the boys, which I prefer because there’s no danger of me killing them.

    Glad you had a great vacation!

  2. Sorry I didn’t think about picking up a plant for you, but you should see if they still have some left, they are really pretty!

  3. I’m glad you guys had such a great vacation! The “warm pool” sounds nice right about now. No potted plants at our church…but I did get a lovely long-stemmed hot pink carnation. Which Kariya immediately snapped off and proceeded to cling to for the next several hours. :) Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. I just caught up from last Thursday forward. It looks like you had a wonderful time. I must admit I am a little jealous. At least we didn’t have your usual sermon. He said Happy Mother’s Day and preached on resurrection (no guilt) living. LYB

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