Happy Birthday Mom!

I've had the most unfortunate luck of catching a terrible cold this first week, as Rob is gone off to school 2 hours away. This, and it being my mother's birthday this past Saturday, has brought back the most memorable times of being sick at home as a kid. The best one that comes to mind would have to be when I was in high school. I came to my mom looking for some medicine for the cold I just got. She rooted through our medicine bin to find only one bottle of cold medicine, which I then noticed was expired. Most would throw it away, but not us. According to my mom, it was just a date and if anything, the medicine got weaker. So with that theory; just triple the dose! 

(My Dad and Mom holding Olive when she was only a week old.)

I remember clinging the the bathroom door frame while trying to describe my symptoms to my mom. Feeling funny, feeling heavy and pretty sure the room was spinning. Laughing it off, saying I like to be dramatic, my mom sent me to bed saying I would feel fine come morning. That was the last thing I remembered when waking up on my bedroom floor the next morning. Still wearing the same thing from the day before and peeling off a piece of paper stuck to my face that was on the floor, I stumbled downstairs. I could not believe no one heard the thud of my body hitting the floor! I couldn't believe no one checked to see if sick ole me made it to bed in one piece! Everyone had a good laugh at my expense though that morning. 

(My Mom and I after Maeve was born.)

Although my mom would hate me for sharing this story, I think it speaks a lot to the type of person she is and not in a bad way. Yes, the expired cold medicine was a bad call for sure. But she is always so optimistic. She is always the one to make light of almost any situation. Laugh at all the most inappropriate times. She is all of our go-to person to this day. 

(Golden Oldie of my parents and I.)

Mom, you are the one that holds this family together. We rely on you for everything from your time to your advice. You never ask for anything in return and you are always there when we need you. You are an amazing grandparent to my girls and Lyncoln. You are my best friend and I rely on you for so much. I admire the beautiful, funny, smart person you are. I hope Dad spoiled you on Saturday because if anyone deserves it, it's you. I know I never said it, but thank you for taking care of me and being there for me even if you didn't check up on me that one time. You have taught me to laugh at myself and I hope one day I can be as just as good of a mother to my kids as you are to yours. Happy Birthday Mom! Love you so much! xo