Yesterday I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day. Well, I guess technically you could say that last year was my 1st Mother’s Day. People sent me cards and bought me presents, but I didn’t feel like a mom yet. Actually, Leah has a great post about this very thing.
In honor of the special day, we invited both sets of parents, my sister-in-law and my grandma over for a cookout. My cousin ended up coming along because he’s visiting my parents for a while. Our small house was pretty packed, but it was filled with love and the day turned out to be amazingly fun.
My husband was quite the chef. He made chicken on the grill basted with a mixture of Heinz 57 sauce and honey. OMG so good!
New potatoes roasted on the grill:
My husband’s new specialty is stuffed cremini mushrooms. The ones in the photo are stuffed with cream cheese, ranch seasoning and chopped spinach. He also made a batch with horseradish, garlic powder and crumbled bacon, but there were no leftovers to photograph.
Deviled eggs courtesy of my mom:
Broccoli salad courtesy of my sister-in-law:
Pineapple angel food cake with whipped cream “icing,” also courtesy of my sister-in-law:
Pardon my poor picture quality. My husband is the only person in my family who knows about the blog so I tried to be discreet and quick about snapping the photos. It didn’t work. I claimed to be practicing my camera skills. They still made fun of me. Oh well.
I received some really lovely gifts. My mother-in-law gave me an adorable cake decorating book. I’m excited to try out some of these ideas:
The gifts from my parents are actually for Peanut and I to share.
A kiddie bicycle seat:
…and a sporty new helmet for Peanut… although I am a *teensy* bit jealous. Think they make these in my size?
My husband, dad and father-in-law worked on installing it as a group project after lunch. While they were at it, they gave my bike a little tune-up including new brakes, fixed gears and aired-up tires. Trusty Rusty is ready to rock ‘n’ roll!
All of these gifts were lovely, but the gift I’m most thankful for is something I get every single day. I love being the mommy of this beautiful girl:
(The bonnet and sweater were a handmade gift from my 94 y/o grandma. So sweet!)