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My Fifth Mother’s Day (And Those That Came Before)

May 14, 2012

This weekend was probably the best Mother’s Day weekend I’ve had in my mere five years of motherhood. It started out with Mother’s Day Shabbat at Sophie’s preschool, was followed by mommy/daughter manicures and pedicures, a trip to the Botanic Gardens Chocolate Festival with my mom, and ended with a wonderful family lunch with me, Sophie, Bryan and his mom, and my mom and dad.

The Mother’s Day Shabbat is probably the highlight of my year. Each class prepares special decor, gifts and dessert for the moms. I was able to spend time in her classroom and have lunch with Sophie, her friends and fellow moms. I was treated to a delicious cake pop for dessert made my the kids and Sophie’s teachers. And after lunch, everyone attended an all-school Shabbat service.

The best parts of the celebration included the My Mom description that Sophie wrote (dictated). The highlights among Sophie’s answers were:

How much does mom weigh? 41 lbs. (My sweet girl!)

What makes your mom happy? Love in her heart (I tear up when I read this answer)

How are you and your mom alike? We have brown hair together

What is your mom really good at? Cooking soup (I do make a lot of soup)

How do you know that your mom loves you? Because she hugs me (proof that hugs are important)

My mom is as pretty as a … HEART

Each of the kids made their mom a handmade one-of-a-kind mobile. Sophie chose to sew the top part of the mobile and affix buttons as the letter “L” for Leah. She then added some shrinky-dink drawings of smiley faces and her name, and one of me and Sophie together. Then came a cute picture of Sophie and a painted bottle at the end. The teacher talked a lot about how every mobile was different and was exactly what the kids envisioned for their moms. I will treasure my mobile, which now hangs next to my desk.

Cake pops for the moms!

Me and Sophie ~ Mother’s Day 2012

And here’s a look at the Mother’s Days of my years past.

motherday 2011


mothers day 2010


motherdays 2009


motherday 2008

My First Mother’s Day (2008)

35 Comments leave one →
  1. dawn levey permalink
    May 14, 2012 3:15 am

    As I am reading this at 3 a.m it makes me tear up. And I am pretty sure it is not sleep deprivation….you described our special day in class perfectly. I love being with Oscar, friends and fellow moms. It was such a sweet day. Sophie is such a sweet and funny girl, but she doesn’t have a beard or even pretend that you do…..hahaha to my Oscar for his crazy answers. Thanks for sharing your pics. Adorable.

    • May 15, 2012 11:33 pm

      Thanks, Dawn. I love that you appreciate how wonderful the day is too. And no, I don’t have a beard. But clearly Oscar thinks that’s something special.

  2. May 14, 2012 4:01 am

    What a beautiful day! And I loved what she wrote … and teared up a little, too.

    My oldest had a similar assignment for Mother’s Day and for the section “how tall is your Mom?” He wrote 6 feet tall; I’m 5′ 3″ but I loved that he thought I was so big 🙂

    Sure enjoyed the photos through the years … wonderful.

    Happy belated Mother’s Day!! MJ

    • May 15, 2012 11:33 pm

      Thanks, MJ! I didn’t mention the fact she thought I was 45 years old. This isn’t bad because the other day she said I was 63.

  3. May 14, 2012 5:25 am

    I love that you have pictures from every mother’s day! I wish I had that! That’s going to make an awesome photo albumn some day. 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 11:34 pm

      Thanks, Carolyn! It’s been fun looking back at the photos. Of course, I start judging my hair in every shot.

  4. May 14, 2012 6:29 am

    Great pictures over the years! I’m sure they will just get better and better! And hopefully will always include cake pops 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 11:34 pm

      Thanks, Caryn! I hope the day always comes with a cake pop!

  5. Erin permalink
    May 14, 2012 7:41 am

    very sweet! Glad you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 11:35 pm

      Thanks, Erin. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too.

  6. Tammy permalink
    May 14, 2012 7:51 am

    You captured how wonderful and special this day is. I love the question answer piece as well as the mobile. I hope each of the moms in our school feel honored on this special day. Thanks for sharing Leah.

    • May 15, 2012 11:35 pm

      You’re welcome, Tammy. And really, thank YOU! You make it so special. I treasure the day and memories.

  7. May 14, 2012 8:49 am

    What a beautiful day, and what a beautiful girl! I can tell that she’s got love in her heart, too.

  8. May 14, 2012 9:00 am

    Looks like a great day!!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. jolinapetersheim permalink
    May 14, 2012 10:23 am

    Shabbat sounds like such a beautiful tradition! So glad you enjoyed your Mother’s Day–your sure are a wonderful mother to your precious little girl.

    • May 15, 2012 11:36 pm

      Thanks, Jolina! Look what you have to look forward to!

  10. May 14, 2012 11:08 am

    Thank you for sharing these absolutely delightful memories Leah! I love that Sophie is really being grounded in what is important. There is no doubt in my mind that this is why she continues to flourish like one of her precious seeds! She is in good soil that mum and dad water daily. May she continue to bring joy to your hearts and lives.

    • May 15, 2012 11:36 pm

      That’s such a nice thing to say, Elizabeth. Thank you!

  11. May 14, 2012 1:29 pm

    So sweet! Love your mommy day pictures from the past. Adorable.

    • May 15, 2012 11:36 pm

      Thanks. Although I kept harping on which one showed my hair the best.

  12. May 14, 2012 2:28 pm

    I LOVE the mobile. Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Loved to see the progression of past mama’s days, Leah. Thanks for sharing.

  13. May 14, 2012 2:41 pm

    Leah, that is THE SWEETEST set of answers. I loved everyone of them, but especially 41 pounds. 😉

    • May 15, 2012 11:37 pm

      Oh yes, the 41 pounds was the best! Although she did say I was 45. She’s about 9 years off.

  14. May 14, 2012 7:18 pm

    That is SO sweet! I love the mobile and it certainly is a treasure! I think it’s GREAT that you take a photo every mother’s day. What a terrific tradition!

    • May 15, 2012 11:38 pm

      Thanks, Ann. I love the mobile too. I keep starring at it everyday.

  15. May 14, 2012 8:13 pm

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s day. Sophie has a beautiful heart. I love her answers. Her mobile is so cheerful and fun. You are one lucky Mom to have such a talented and sweet daughter. 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 11:38 pm

      Thanks so much! Believe me, I know I am a lucky mom to have such a daughter. I remind myself of that every day.

  16. May 15, 2012 5:13 pm

    Leah, you are so the best Mom! What a tribute. Sophie is so charming, as always, and your photos–wow–wish I had done the same.

    • May 15, 2012 11:39 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s funny because I always think of how unique and special Sophie is. Someone told me once it has to do with parenting too. I hadn’t thought of that. I just feel blessed she’s my daughter.

  17. May 16, 2012 11:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos, and what a lovely idea to treasure 🙂


  18. May 17, 2012 4:19 pm

    What a cute present. It’s fun looking back on old photos & seeing how everyone has changed. It was my 5th Mother’s day too.

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