I always read gift guides and holiday posts about ideas for celebrating and all that jazz. If I’m being honest, I do genuinely love checking out what people want or recommend, but when it comes to Mother’s Day, I feel a bit different.
If I had to think of ideas of what I would want for a special occasion, I think a spa day to get my nails and hair done sounds nice. I would definitely enjoy a shopping trip and fancy dinner, but I’m not really feeling those types of things for Mother’s Day this year.
There’s always the standard breakfast in bed. I’m also not a fan of being surprised or feeling like I’m not useful. To be honest, it can be hard not doing anything.
Can’t Surprise Momma
I think it’s impossible for my family to surprise me with anything let alone breakfast in bed. To start, I’m the lightest sleeper ever. I wake up if the cat sneezes from the other side of the house, so there’s no way my husband and kids could creep around and make me anything without me knowing.
Second, my husband and daughter can’t wake up alone. No matter what alarms are set, I have to turn all the lights on and take their covers or they will hibernate and snore away the day.
Even if I could be surprised by breakfast in bed, it’s not what I want. I just want to all make breakfast together. Honestly, I want to be there and see them make my favorites. I want to be apart of it all. The only thing I don’t want to do is make the coffee or clean everything up. If they can handle that, then I’m thrilled.
Just Hang Out
While I’d love a trip to target for a new shirt or what have you, I’d be genuinely happy with just hanging out. I’d love to go for a hike or take a drive. I really want to spend the day with my husband and kids.
Usually, we go all over and give gifts to our moms and grandmas. I love those women, but I’ve never had a Mother’s Day where I was put first. So, I love you mom and mom-in-law, but we are probably going to drop off flowers and be on our way.
I want to be cozy and be selfish with my time and my family. Every holiday, we rush around to get visits in, but I want to take my damn time getting ready for once. We can go places, but I don’t want the same type of holiday chaos as usual.
Simple Little Things
I love cooking, but I also love not cooking. For Mother’s Day, I want to eat Mexican food. It’s my absolute favorite, but I don’t want the hassle of going to a restaurant. I’d love to call and order ahead, and once we pick up the food, we can go eat at the park or somewhere pretty and away from busy roads.
I want the day to be simple and filled with my favorite little things. I love being outside and hanging out with my kids and husband, so that’s what I’m hoping to do.
Spend if You Must
I’m sure I’ll have someone say I have to tell them what I want for a gift. I always feel awkward when people ask what I want. I guess I can cut that weird moment out by just saying what I like. I’m fairly easy to shop for though.
- Gift Cards- I love getting gift cards. They make me happy. Target, nail salons, Ulta, Walmart, and Amazon are all places I adore.
- Coffee Mugs & Water Bottles- I love mugs and water bottles. I can always make room for more.
- Bath & Skin Care- momma loves her some nice bath stuff. Anything in beauty, bath, hair, or skin is going to be lovely.
- Not Flowers- I appreciate the gesture, but unless it’s in a pot, it will die, and I don’t want it. I’d love succulents or planter type plants though. Just know, I have a black thumb rather than a green one. I want a garden, but I’m terrible when it comes to plants.
There you have it. I don’t want gifts, but if you’re like my sister-in-law and are going to show up with gifts regardless of what I say, those are the things I like.
There is another thing I adore. I love pictures of my family. My mother-in-law had pictures of us framed for our house warming, and it’s still one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten.
I love pictures, but on holidays, we don’t get the time to take nice ones that aren’t rushed. Everyone is always tired or irritable, so this year, I want to finally get some good pictures with my littles- the kind without silly filters.
I want to remember the holidays without chaos and stress, and I know things will get easier as the kids get older. But I want to have happy memories now, so I will do my best to take the stress and strain out of whatever holidays I can.
Whatever happens is going to be my attitude for Mother’s Day. I’m not going to try and plan or push anything. I just want the day to be nice, and I want to go with the flow. I’m sure my family will let me have free range of choices and options, and that’s how the day should be. Mother’s Day means momma’s choice, and I can’t wait.