Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day Weekend

Mother's Day weekend was jam packed with activity. We took tons of pictures so I tried to narrow it down a bit.......hope you can stay with me till the end! :)

Saturday morning my whole family traveled to Charleston, IL to see my youngest brother, Nathan, graduate from Eastern IL University. It was neat to be able to see for the first (and last!) time his house and the campus. The campus there is really beautiful.

This is a picture of the whole family outside of the building where he had a lot of his classes for his major (finance).

After the tour, we headed to a nearby park for all the kiddos to burn off some energy.
Doesn't it look like Noah is hanging on for dear life??
I'm not sure what Drew is doing but I'm sure it involves him climbing off of the slide and slithering he way down the pole. That's a no-no Drewbie!
Aiden has no problem climbing anything, anywhere. It makes me a nervous mama!

This is a picture of my brother Matt, brother Nate, and me in front of Nate's house before the graduation ceremony.I'm so proud of you Nathan! My baby bro is all grown up.
On Sunday, Mother's Day, we started our way home and stopped in Springfield on the way to do some shopping and eat an awesome lunch at Chili's! Mmmm, was it good!
We snapped my annual mother's day pics in the hotel parking lot before we headed out of town. You gotta take 'em where you can get them!

Me and Drew
Me and Noah
Me and Aiden
When we got home, Todd's parents and brother came over for dinner and I got my awesome gifts from my boys. They made me a little teary so please humor me all these pictures. I need to have these in my "scrapbook" to look back on in the future when they don't think I'm quite so cool.
Noah made me 4 different things. This one I love with his handprint and he came up with something for each letter in MOTHER. M-makes me feel special. O-often makes me laugh. T-the best mom ever. H-helps me when I need it. E-excellent person. R-reads books to me. I love my mom more than anyone.
They also made these awesome silouhettes. I had been wanting to make these of my boys to hang in my hallway. How cute is he?
Aiden made me this adorable mom wall hanging and the flower that opens up to say I love mom. I have it hanging on the door in the kitchen.

Drew typed up this letter for me in computer class. It especially touched me because he rarely shares his feelings for me anymore. I know he loves me even though he doesn't say it much.

"Dear Mom, Thanks for taking care of me when I'm sick. Thanks for cooking, helping with homework, and giving me clothes. And last but not least, thank you for letting me go to St Dominic's. Love Drew"

He also gave me this beautiful flower.............................

which I'm going to put in this gorgeous flower pot made for me by my Godson, Ty.He used his fingers to make the petals. Quite the artist, that Godson of mine! Today I also received a Mother's Day card from my Goddaughter Kira that had a voice recording in it from her. I was so excited to hear her sweet little voice. She lives up in Plainfield IL so I don't get to see her too often.

Good news.....are basement is getting cleaned up tomorrow! They start at 1:00. I'm glad to get this process moving along and get it back to being a nice place to hang out. I didn't realize just how much space we had down there until we were confined to the main floor!! It has looked like a tornado has gone through it.


Mom said...

I am so glad you had a great Mothers Day-throwing in that drive to/from Charleston could have been a killer....but I appreciate it SO much that you all came over. Great pics of all of you....now why is mine with all 6 so "interesting"?

Dianna said...

Awwww Kel, I know I told you this earlier but I STILL can't help but think of it...
It was 1985 right? We were piling into the station wagon to move down south *sniff*. I went to hug your teary Mom...and got poked in the face with her pregnant stomach. That darn Nathan...
LOVE all of your Mother's Day gifts~you deserve them ALL!!!
I love ya*!*

Cindy said...

What a big weekend for your family!!! I think these colleges know what they are doing to hold graduations so close to Mothers Day...it may very well be the best gift in life to see your child succeed. Loved the gifts your boys were so thoughtful to make for you---sounds like a perfect Mothers Day for you too.

I loved picturing Nate poking Dianna in the face when she moved away....too funny

Jessica said...

Your presents are all so cute! I'm glad you had such a nice day. I can't wait until your basement is straightened out and everything is back to normal. I can't imagine what a headache it is for you!