Hello and Happy Monday afternoon!
Hope your Monday after Mother’s Day weekend has been treating you kindly. 🙂 I had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend that was spent with family, friends, and lots of reflection – given this was the first Mother’s Day spent without my mom. Big thanks to those who reached out specifically mentioning this and wishing me a nice Mother’s Day.
On Saturday, my little family and I met up with my friend Liz and her family (hubby and three adorable kiddos) at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA after Ava’s tumbling lesson and an appointment I had. Liz and I have known each other since our high school days in Cairo, Egypt and our parents have been years-long friends as well. It was nice to spend some time with a friend that had known mom for several years – poignant if you will. The locale where we met up for a picnic, some wine, and outside time was also meaningful – it was the same winery that Tommy, Ava, mom, and I went to last year for Mother’s Day.
When I had originally proposed going to Paradise Springs on Saturday, rather than actual Mother’s Day, Sunday, it was because I remembered the mobs and mobs of people from last year. My assumption was correct – there were people with the same mindset as me, but not nearly as crowded. It also was beneficial we ended up going on Saturday too – Sunday was overcast and rainy.
We brought an assorted picnic to eat for lunch, shared a bottle of wine (not me), and the kids played soccer and did some exploring in the woods for a couple of hours.
On Sunday, I woke up early to get some work done and then enjoyed going to my regular Sunday prenatal yoga class, while Tommy took Ava to her swimming class. Once we were back from our sporty activities, Ava and I watched some Doc McStuffins on TV and did some painting and other art projects in her playroom while Tommy got his workout in.
After our delicious dinner, we enjoyed some time outside on the Recreation Pier looking at the large contemporary fire place, watching the water taxis go by, and swinging on one of the many large swings installed on the pier for people to enjoy. It was a lovely night – a little overcast and cool, but enjoyable.
Definitely a great weekend spent with the ones I love most. 🙂 (Including Luke, who let his presence be known all night long kicking and rocking out with us).