Ahhhh, so relaxing …
I really only have a few small requests for Mother’s Day: I want to sleep in, I want to read the Sunday paper and drink my coffee in peace, I want to be lazy, and I don’t want to cook. I’m cheap and easy to please! And even though Mike shakes his head and is open to debate about how “low maintenance” I think I am on Mother’s Day, he always, always comes through. This past Sunday was yet again a wonderful Mother’s Day for me.
Elena may have learned a thing or two from watching her dad plan an elaborate surprise for me a few weeks ago, as she decided to come up with her own surprise. She was so excited for me to see what was up her sleeve that I happily broke away from coffee and paper-reading time so that she could reveal her surprise.
Turns out she’d spent a good part of the time I was snoozing away in the morning to prepare a very personal “spa” experience for me. She’d set up the entire bathroom with different potions and concoctions to pamper me with. I started off with a nice exfoliating facial scrub. This was followed by a strawberry mask for my face and a buttermilk soak for my fingers. We then moved to the tub for a salt scrub for my body and a lemon rinse for my hair.
The strawberries are great darling, now how about you whip up something for your dear mother’s crow’s feet?
Things were pretty relaxing until the strawberry mask. I swear I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard. It was such a mess – the strawberries were cold and slimy and dripping everywhere. They tickled my nose and I sneezed so hard I sprayed strawberries everywhere. At one point Eli looked at me lying on the bed, coated in mashed-up fruit and with my fingers stuck in a bowl of buttermilk on my chest, and said, “You look like Jesus all covered in blood.” At another point the whole family was involved in my salt scrub – me getting scrubbed by Elena, Eli joining me in the tub, and Mike just enjoying the spectacle.
One day the kids will be mortified to hear this story – Elena rubbing me down with salt, Eli in the tub with his mother. That in and of itself will be enough to give me joyous Mother’s Day memories for years, but you know what was so awesome about it (besides the photos)? It was the perfect mix of what I love Mother’s Day to be: laughing, enjoying my family, and feeling cared for.
Hope you had a wonderful day celebrating the mothers in your life. And if you ever want a truly unique spa experience, I know just the girl for you.