We’ve never been a less is more family. So bail now or go get a snack and enjoy this tribute to my MOM (she’s been called a lot of things and shy ain’t one of ’em)!
That dress, that smile, that little arm that just won’t stay still!
Thank you for having your head in the clouds!
Thanks for all those years of meals ma – your chicken and dumplings are second to none!
Here’s my mom, barefoot and pregnant with me, sitting on the kitchen floor preparing dinner.
Thanks mom for having an open mind and leading us on many adventures.
Here’s my mom respecting the local culture!
These are from our wanted poster passport.
I cannot however thank you for ever cutting my hair like that, I believe it’s called ‘the cheek framer’.
I can still hear you “suggesting” I shouldn’t leave the house without “putting a little color on my lips”, Thank you for finally giving up. Or at least continuing to say it in your head!
Who packs up their kids, one very moody (well, thank god that’s changed) teenager and a little boy with energy to spare, and drives a camper around the southern island of New Zealand? (Hi Dad!) Thank you for being brave and having faith it will all work out.
Thank you for planning the best birthday parties for me: roller rink, dress like your parents party, invite the whole darn 8th grade class, Holly Hobbie, water park! That’s us below, en route to the slides. Thank you for being a rule breaker in general and specifically for ignoring the no food 30 minutes before jumping in the pool rule!
You have inspired me to try and make my own children’s birthdays special and memorable. Thank you.
And thank you for making the m&m costumes, for letting me wear the peanuts one, for dropping us off at the teen center for the Halloween Dance (where we were the only ones dressed in costume) and for picking us up early from the aforementioned function!
Thank you for being silly and encouraging us to do the same.
Thank you for documenting it all on film and being very generous, sharing the photos with me.
Full disclosure: I AM wearing a little color on my lips in this photo. I went through a heavy make-up phase in the late eighties. All shimmery and golden.
Thank you for being a traveler.
Thank you for being a bang up granny! The boys adore you!
Thank you mom for being fun, creative, supportive, daring, flexible, and loving.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I love you.