Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nana (aka Mary Poppins)

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!



I brag on her after every visit, but she is simply the best.  Our whole family is so lucky to have her! She was the one who taught me to be an loving & giving mother, and now I'm taking note of her mad grandma skills!  And because we just can't get enough Nana time, we are traveling to visit her this week!!! 

19 comments :

  1. Yay for Nana time!! So glad she could be there with you and even better that you get to go visit her. Have so much fun!!

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  2. I joke that when Christian travels and my mom helps out things are actually easier for me than when Christian is home! Moms come to the rescue!

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  3. Awe, so great your mom could stay with you while Conor was away! Grandmas are just the BEST! My mom is a frequent visitor of us too and I just love it!

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  4. Sophie loves helping me garden...any time we go out into the back, she immediately runs over to the shed for the shovel, rake, trash bags (because we usually clear out a space to garden, we pick out new spots every time and rake and clear it and then dig the hole) and the the hose to water the plant. She usually leaves me to deposit the plant into the ground.

    Having a child has made me respect my mom even more! Sophie absolutely jumps for joy when she hears she's seeing her Grandma. I don't think I'd want it any other way. Moms are the best!

    liz @ j for joiner

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  5. I seriously don't know how our Moms do it. They're amazing. I hope that some day I can be at least half as awesome as they are.

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  6. Aww, Laura, this is so sweet. You guys look so much alike too. You can always feel the love through your pictures with your parents. You are so right that these are such special times. Just perfect!

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  7. Your Mom seems like such a special lady! My Mom is my very best friend & so special to all of us. I hope I can be half as good as she is!

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  8. I love these sweet pictures! XOXO I'm so glad your mom got to spend time with you and your boys. I'm sure she loved it!

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  9. so. when is your mom available to come stay with me? my plants need help and my children need to be watched ;)

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  10. Your mom sounds like such a rock star! So glad she was able to come and help out!!

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  11. I love your mom posts =) Makes me wish I was closer to my fam. But I've got high hopes of turning into a really rockin grandma one day...not too soon though.

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  12. I love that your mom was able to come! Grandmothers really are the best - there's just something about them for our little ones. My mom lives close, but I have three sisters so I always have to share her - I bet that one-on-one time was so special for you both.

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  13. Awww... This sounds like it was so much fun! I'm glad your mom was able to come! <3

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  14. That last picture of you, your mom, and both boys is just the sweetest! I'm the same way - I get anxiety when Tim goes on business trips that last more than a couple days. My parents will usually stop by for dinner when he's away, which is so appreciated. So nice of your mom to come stay with you! It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with her - yay for nana/mom time!

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  15. Honestly this post gave me all the feels. Being hours apart from my mom always makes me long for more time with her. While she isn't able to travel often, we face time quite a bit. Its not the same though. You and your mom have quite the bond and she is definitely soaking up every moment of being a Nana too!

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  16. Grandmas are the best! My mom is "Shasha" (her name is Sharon) and it amazes me how much patience she has for my daughter and the bond they already have.

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  17. What special Nana-time, and how exciting for more to come. Enjoy!! Glad there is THIS upside to having Conor away.

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  18. Oh, I love this so much. Your mom really is a glamma! She's fantastic! Hope you guys are having a wonderful visit!

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  19. Yay for Nana time! Your mom is a Supermom/SuperNana!!! So glad you all were able to spend this sweet time together. There is something so special about a Grandmother. I love how attached Mason is to his Nana!

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