We celebrated Mother's Day with our little family the Saturday before actual Mother's Day. We tried a hip new breakfast place for brunch, and Prep & Pastry lived up to it's delicious reputation. I wanted to order 4 or 5 different things, which doesn't always happen when I open a menu, and everything we actually ordered was amazing. Justin won for best order with Chx & Toast, which was fried chicken with rosemary brioche french toast with a blueberry reduction, a twist on chicken and waffles. Oh man, it was incredible. I had pork belly beni, which was cheddar bisquit, pork belly, and hollandaise - also delish. And they had local artisan coffee, which has become kind of a thing I like these days. It was good coffee.
Okay, enough about the food.
We waited on this pretty patio with lots of places for the boys to explore.
Can you tell who was in what mood?
Inspirational quote painted on the wall. I'm such a sucker for industrial-hipster decor and this place was chock-full.
Because I went on a leisurely run and workout that morning, we didn't actually make it to brunch until 11, and J had misunderstood my "feed the kids breakfast and they just won't eat at the restaurant" instructions so by the time we were on a way, the kids were a little nutty. But for the most part I was able to just enjoy them and their antics and not stress and then they chowed down on yogurt and granola with fruit and were happy, albeit very silly, campers.
I have a new friend, a mom from BB's preschool, who is a photographer, and she has been teaching me more about the basics of photography, which gave me the guts (and more knowledge) to try to use this 50 mm lens again. I LOVE how the pic of SS smiling came out, an instant favorite, and the one of J and BB. So thankful for my new friend and her willingness to teach me!
The rest of our little family Mother's Day was spent at the public pool. We had a great time during our first swim of the season, and BB even finished the day by jumping off the 10 foot diving board and swimming to the edge over and over and over again! He loved it! He wanted to try and we were all a little unsure but I figured, why not let him try? As we walked over to the diving board, BB gave himself a pep talk: "I got this. I know I got this," which was basically the cutest thing ever, and he repeated it when he stood at the top of the diving board. And then he jumped! It was awesome. Thank you ISR for teaching my boys to be safe in the water! Speaking of which, I decided that BB "graduated" from ISR, since he is a strong swimmer and safe in the water, and SS started his 2-week refresher the Monday after this, and has his last ISR lesson today! I love and believe in ISR but it does make our schedule hectic, so I'm looking forward to being done and prepared for the summer!
When we got home from the pool, the boys decided it was the perfect time for naked bike riding in the yard. Ha!
We ended our Mother's Day in true busy-mom-with-young-kids fashion - I told J that what I really wanted was for him to help me go through the boys' clothes, removing the ones that don't fit and getting out BB's old clothes for SS. There's just not time for these chores during the day most times! So that's how we wrapped up our Mother's Day, with a chore. But checking that off the to-do list was really the perfect way to end my sweet day!