A couple weeks back, Conor had a business trip to Europe; so of course I made sure my mama was available to come help with the boys! I get serious anxiety if Conor has to be gone for more than two nights; no shame about it. Plus, I love any & all opportunities to have Nana visit. And with Conor being away, our time together is even more special. She becomes that partner in parenting, and she is damn good at it!
This trip was also timed perfectly for her to help me plant my garden, just like she has done the past three years. I'm learning from the best! This year, Liam was particularly into helping choose the flowers, and Finn decided that since he can now walk, he no longer likes to be worn. So our nursery experience was interesting. Finn found every water feature, hose, and puddle he could. He was muddy within minutes. And Liam was asking if we could get every single plant. They were all over place while some serious flower selection was happening. We may have been frazzled, and our hands were full, but it was the perfect mother/daughter afternoon!
I had hoped that the boys would simply enjoy playing outside, while I could plant with my mom. But no. Finn wanted to dig. Wanted the hoe. Wanted to rip every flower apart. Wanted to put dirt in his mouth. All the while teething like crazy. So instead, I kept Finner happy, while we watched Nana work way harder than she should. No joke. She's a rockstar, and we now a beautiful garden all ready for summer thanks to her!
Aside from the gardening, there was playdates & t-ball. Grocery shopping & dinner making. Dishing washing & laundry. Preschool drop offs & pick ups. Bath times, story times, & bedtimes. She. Did. It. All. And she even let me nap with Finn when I could. We were both exhausted come the evenings, but that's when the wine was poured, and we stayed up all too late just chatting!
Both boys loved having her near all the time. They climbed in bed with her each morning for special snuggles & shared goodnight kisses in the evening. These are the every day moments that we don't have nearly as often as we would like. She spoiled them with small gifts, and too many trips to the coffee shop for cake pops & chocolate milk. She colored, built legos, & drove around monster trucks. She never slows down!