A Fabulous Day Celebrating A Fabulous Woman

 photo IMG_5139_zps6ed5139d.jpgThis Mother’s Day was, without a doubt, my favorite in years. And the first one that I haven’t cried in three years! I’m sure that sounds pathetic, but I have serious family withdrawals living two hours away, especially on significant days and holidays. Usually on Mother’s Day, Jimmy and I go to Sunday brunch and spend the day at The Players golf tournament, and call our moms several times throughout the day since neither of us live in the same city as them. And a few tears usually leak out of my eyes at some point throughout the day. But not this year! My mom and step dad decided to make the two-hour trek to Jacksonville to spend the day with us!

They arrived at our apartment Sunday morning, just in time for Eggs Benedict and mimosas.
 photo IMG_5136_zpsd4aecf6c.jpgAfter breakfast, (and after cleaning my kitchen and doing the dishes, no matter how many times I told her to stop – because that’s what moms, do I guess) Mom got to pretend like it was Christmas morning and open a couple goodies I got her.
 photo IMG_5133_zps5c569c59.jpg photo IMG_5134_zpsd8b5d7a6.jpgWhich included these big floppy hats that we were going to wear to the golf tournament (except it wasn’t sunny, so we didn’t wear them.)
 photo IMG_5138_zpsecf8ec3e.jpgAfter opening her gifts, we heading out to the tournament, and enjoyed a nice little ride in Jimmy’s Jeep. (P.s. It was the Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness at the tournament, which is why we’re all wearing pink.)
 photo IMG_5141_zps04958676.jpgWe made our way through the gates and to the golf course. This was Mom and George’s first golf tournament, let alone first time at Sawgrass, so we had to show them around. We made our way through the club house, then stopped for a picture on the lawn with the trophy.
 photo IMG_5147_zpsa0a5d323.jpgAfter our photo shoot, we headed to the 17th hole and made our way to the Jags Den, where we were able to enjoy the tournament in the AC with some of the Jaguars players :).
 photo P5110499_zps0ff8e3d1.jpg photo P5110482_zps07768d60.jpg photo P5110489_zps922b6f24.jpgAnd though it was nice sitting in front of the mist fans in the 90+ degree heat, we had to make a run for the 17th tee to catch my boy Adam Scott tee off. (Which is when Jimmy decided to yell out to him, “Adam, my fiance loves you!” And yes, he turned and looked. And I waved like a dorky school girl.)
 photo P5110474_zpsd8255798.jpgShortly after, lightning struck, the horn blew, “Sever Weather. Seek Shelter” warnings flashed on the screens, and the game was postponed.
Which meant we had to squeeze in another beer …
 photo P5110480_zps5b357a2e.jpg… and another photo shoot before the rain started coming down.
 photo P5110500_zpsa7ebd355.jpg photo P5110504_zps19797b84.jpg  photo P5110501_zps3d104cad.jpgMom was so excited about all of her VIP wristbands!
 photo IMG_5156_zpsef31b54d.jpgThen the rain started coming down (hard), and things began to shut down.
 photo P5110511_zps9dcb9475.jpgWhich, of course, called for a picture in front of the “weather warning” screen.
 photo P5110510_zps9a0ada27.jpgPlay was resumed about an hour-and-a-half later, but we didn’t stick around to find out. At that point, we were soaking wet and ready for dinner, so we hopped in the Jeep for a rainy drive back toward home …
 photo IMG_5162_zps1dda18fc.jpg… and wrapped up the evening with a yummy hibachi dinner.
 photo IMG_5165_zps8cd180c8.jpgOnce our bellies were full, we headed back to my apartment for a little relaxation time on the couch and watched one of our favorites … “The House Bunny.”
 photo IMG_5168_zpsb468303f.jpgShe and George stayed the night and headed home this morning. It was so nice waking up and sitting in the kitchen having a cup of coffee with my mom before heading to work. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate the woman I admire most in the world.

Unfortunately my little sister couldn’t be there, but she enjoyed the day with her two little girls back in Richmond Hill. Next year, we will all celebrate together, for sure!

It was so great getting to spend Mother’s Day with my mom for a chance, and getting to share mine and Jimmy’s favorite event of the year with her and George. We had so much fun, made wonderful memories, and I was reminded yet again how lucky I am to be her daughter.

Mom, when I grow up, I want to be just like you :).

Mama and me, Dec. 1987

P.s. It was also a very special Mother’s Day for one of my best friends, Heather, who welcomed her son, baby Connor, into this world and became a mom Saturday morning! I know she’ll make a great mother, as well. Congratulations!!


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