Oh, isn’t Mother’s Day fun! You could take the view that it is a load of commercial claptrap, or you could take the opportunity to celebrate. We decided to take the latter option and turn Mother’s Day into a Family Festival of Fun weekend!
I shared this Mother’s Day message on socialite media. I think it is important to take a moment to remember those for whom Mother’s Day may not be quite the celebration all the advertising seems to suggest it is.
Happy Mother’s Day!
May your breakfast in bed be delicious and your Mother’s Day stall gifts be appropriately hilarious.
Special thoughts and love for those who have lost someone with whom they should be celebrating xxx
Big kisses for those who are trying really hard to be a Mama. I’m thinking of people stuck in an adoption holding pattern or on the assisted conception rollercoaster. I know the last one too well.
Big kisses for all the Daddies out there working hard to pull this day off for the women they love. You rock dudes x
We kicked off the celebrations with a Friday night involving homemade pizza for Boyo, a delicious (and post-root canal gummable) salmon salad for me, Champagne, rugby and sofa snuggles. Yup, that will do.
Saturday continued the family fun festivities. We got up ridiculously early to hit the Orange Grove markets. We received a lesson in Guatemalan delicacies, along with recipes for chili chocolate chicken and chocolate chai. We inhaled possibly the best bacon and egg roll I’ve ever met, stocked up on delicious supplies and enjoyed a family walk.
The Welshman made heirloom tomato salad and baked herby ricotta for lunch. So good I had exactly the same for my Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday!
A bit more rugby and some more sofa snuggles was the theme for the remainder of our Saturday. It seemed a good an occasion as any to bust out the Heston Blumenthal Christmas pudding, which went beautifully with a cheeky little dessert wine and far too much double cream.
We dutifully followed tradition on Mother’s Day – a delicious mushroom and fetta omelette for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed, some delicious Belle Fleur chocolates and my long awaited Next Bunny Sweater were presented to me. Click here to see what I wore on Mother’s Day
A bottle of Gloria Vanderbilt perfume, a present from Boyo spotted at the local barn sized chemist, was next up. Quite delicious for the $12 price tag. Colour me pleasantly surprised.
Gloria has the most amazing back story – heiress of an iconic American family with an infamous custody battle, one of the first licensed names of designer jeans, artist, and mother of Anderson Cooper.
Boyo proudly made me a gorgeous card and presented his Mother’s Day Stall haul – a World’s Best Mum mug (with correct grammar and spelling – a vast improvement on last year’s mug), a scented candle set and bath bombs. I just love the energy and delight that goes into the Mother’s Day presents. So adorable.
I absolutely love Taronga Zoo. We were the first people through the gates this morning – always go early, go hard and go home! We checked out the amazing new Lemur exhibit. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open to the public today but it looks amazing. The playground is pretty tops too – great for lots of kids to practise their lemur skills.
We visited Taronga Zoo at least weekly when Boyo was much younger. It was just like going to the park for a play but with much more exotic scenery. Nowadays, we visit about twice a year with the fab staff incentive offered by the Welshman’s work – a Taronga Zoo Gold Pass able to be borrowed by staff members. Isn’t that awesome!
We just have to check out the lemphies (that’s Kimba for elephants), go for a ride in the See Cars (that’s baby Boyo for Sky Safari), and go for a wonderful wander. Delighted to see the tigers anticipating their breakfast, stalking each other and having baths. Beyond thrilled to see one of my favourite animals, the tree kangaroo, doing something other than sleeping in a very high branch.
Wasn’t at all awkward when Boyo asked very loudly if the gorillas were mating. Why yes, they are. The giggling adults were enough of a giveaway. The ducks weren’t actually fighting either. The elephant was at full attention too. The zoo is always educational, don’t you find?
Chocolate fondue for lunch dessert? Why, don’t mind if I do!
A lovely afternoon spent watching Wreck It Ralph with, wait for it, more sofa snuggles, rounded out the day. A delicious Beef Stroganoff, prepared with love by my gorgeous Welshman, and our Family Fun Weekend aka Mother’s Day celebration was complete.
I am just the luckiest girl in the world. I love my little family so very much. I hope you had a lovely weekend too xx