Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

I have to say that I had the best Mother's Day that I've had in the last 6 years. Why?

Two reasons:

1. We have always celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day with Gary's extended family and I really felt that it took away from celebrating Gary and I. It might sound selfish, and although I do love my in laws, I really do appreciate one day to celebrate me being a mom:) (and on Father's Day, Gary being a dad). Also, celebrating gramma on Mother's Day has always been hard for me as it rubs in the fact that my mom isn't here. I remember the first one, it took place a week after she died. That sucked. So, this year we gave gramma her card, flowers and gift a week early (they were going on holidays anyway) and Sunday was all about me!

2. I have learned a few things over the years and one of them is that if I don't want to be disappointed, I need to let my expectations be known. So, this year I told Gary what I wanted for Mother's Day. Yup, I'm not just selfish, I'm bossy:) Ha. So, on my list?

a. A homemade card with at least 3 meaningful sentences in it. Yes, I had to say three sentences or I'd end up with something ridiculous. Believe me.
b. English Toffee from Purdy's
c. A water bottle from Coscto in a nice colour. Not orange. Not that I don't like orange but Gary lets them pick my underwear that they buy me every Christmas and last year he let Koen buy me bright orange ones (Gary said it was great for my dutch heritage). I don't wear orange underwear.

And...what happened? I got everything I wanted PLUS a cookbook. Oh, and he made wonderful meals all weekend. So impressed with Gary and his effort. I hope you understand that I'm not a control freak or anything, it's really how Gary and I work best:)

In other news, I am now done all my wedding work (Gary still has to make the slide shows) and this week I am resting. I don't really know how to do nothing but I'm going to try! Just take care of the kiddos and read a book and...I don't know?! I need to get better so I really need to take it easy.

Here are a few pictures we took before church on Sunday:) Me at 38 weeks....

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We did!

Love, Louise

PS 8 more sleeps. So, so, so excited and 99% ready!


  1. Glad you had a great Mother's Day!! Only 8 more sleeps?! So exciting!! Hope you are able to use this time "off" to get rid of your cold!

  2. Ahh...8 more sleeps! You look beautiful!

  3. Beautiful photos of you being "great with child!"

  4. i LOVE that you clearly indicated your expectations for mothers day and that Gary went above and beyond. I don't see it as a control thing, but clear communication. not many guys have that gene that just does Mothers day 'right' so i think it's important to communicate it :) Glad it went well for you and that you got to have it be all about YOU :)
    you look great!!!!

  5. I'm so glad you had a nice Mother's Day!! I know that it is generally a difficult day for you but didn't know all the ins and outs of why. It is incredibly insensitive to focus the celebration around a single generation of mothers, no matter which generation it is!! I'm glad you had a nuclear celebration this year, it sounds lovely. =)

    I'm excited to meet your babe, too! And I stole your photo for my blog, hope that's okay...

    And I don't think clear communication is ever a bad way to go. That's how we roll over here, too (though Brent is better at the gifting that Gary is).

  6. I love seeing your gorgeous pregnant belly. I think you look amazing. I also think that your shirt color looks really great on you. I am really looking forward to "meeting" your little girl. I hope your last few days of pregnancy are enjoyable.