Mothers Day Pampering Spa at Kindergarten

If there was ever such a thing as the Cutest Gesture in the entire world THIS was it. Hunter’s kindergarten class invited us to a Mother’s Day Pampering Spa at their school, the Friday before Mother’s day.

Work honestly couldn’t be busier, the Friday before our busiest week of the entire year but there was no way I could miss all of the surprises they had in store for us Moms. Some times you have to make sacrifices and this week I had a big, huge, fairly stressful to-do list to work through so that today I could leave work for a couple hours for this special occasion. It was amazing to say the least.

I have to give all of the credit to the kindergarten teachers who not only thought of this Spa Day idea, but took all of the time to prepare, provide the supplies and teach the kids what to do for their Moms. The kids were fully subservient and must have really understood their role today as caretakers of their Moms. As 6 year olds, they weren’t playing, joking or messing around. As I looked around all of the kids were fully committed to taking care of their Moms, the entire time. Sweetest Day Ever.

We had stations and spent about 20 minutes in each classroom which were designated as the Jeweler, Massage Parlor, Hair Salon, Nail Salon and the drink and snack station. The classrooms were decorated accordingly.

At the jeweler’s, Hunter made me a beautiful bracelet. He picked out my favorite colors and even found a heart shaped bead that he told me meant, I love you.

Next, at the Massage Parlor, there were small cups of lotion and the kids massaged our arms and even rubbed our backs. There was relaxing music playing and a serene landscape on the large screen. We had cucumbers for our eyes! When mine fell on the floor, and were noticeably dirty, Hunter told me, “It doesn’t matter, Mom, put them back on.” He made me laugh so hard. He was so into this!

Next stop was the hair salon. We had a goody bag with a comb, barrette and hair tie that we got to bring home. The kids styled our hair however they liked. All of the moms left their hair just however their kids did them.

Last stop, the nail salon. Going into this, I knew the kids wouldn’t be the ones painting our nails, but to my surprise, they were. There were a variety of neon colors and all of us Moms just let them do their thing. What we didn’t realize at the time was that the paint is actually peel off paint. ❤

You know the best thing that we were given this afternoon? Time. Time with our little kindergarteners, uninterrupted and undestracted. We weren’t home, there were no messes to clean, dinner to make, laundry to do, siblings pulling at our attention. Just Moms and their kindergarteners… soon to be first graders. We were in their school classrooms spending quality time together showing love the best way we know how. You guys, THIS is what it is all about! I saw boys brushing their Moms’ hair, rubbing their arms with lotion, painting nails like Picasso and Moms just taking it all in, hugging their kids and smiling ear to ear. I saw little girls making their very best bracelets, taking photos with their Mommy and serving her cookies, water and even popcorn.

I had an amazing time and appreciate my sweet son as much as I do his caring, giving, above and beyond teachers. (Thank a teacher, especially during teacher appreciation week!) I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this community. And, I am thinking, maybe I’ll even have a couple more days like this ahead when Deacon and Wyatt are in kindergarten in our beloved school!

After we left, Hunter went with me back to work and he got to see and meet so many of my incredible colleagues. We even got to show off my new manicure. ❤

Spring has Sprung

It really feels like spring around here. It was nearly 80 degrees today! The flowers are in bloom and little tiny leaves are beginning to grow on our trees. I love the florescent green color of the freshly grown grass in mid-April and hearing the birds chirping in the yard. Those two things always bring back such fond and vivid memories of my first maternity leave with Hunter. Flowers, birds, grass, trees- there is new life everywhere and I often feel like a new person with a bigger smile and even brighter outlook after the long, cold, dark days of winter. The sun goes down much later already and it is getting harder to convince the boys that it actually is bed time. Spring has sprung!

How amazing to have an entire Tuesday evening to ourselves to do nothing but play outside. More and more, I am really feeling like a true boy mom. These boys are climbing trees, scraping knees, muddy boots and riding bikes. We had a catch outside with tennis balls and those sticky/ velcro type gloves. I can see Hunter really caring and excelling in his baseball skills. He is quick to teach his little brothers too which is fun to watch. Deacon catches on so quickly and Wyatt is just thrilled to be outside, in the grass, with his big bros.

And speaking of spring, did I mention we have a birthday boy? Hunter turned 6 last week! He loved celebrating with family and friends and he even got a birthday celebration at school!

What’s new with our 6 year old:

  • Hunter performed in his kindergarten music program last week and sang and danced on stage!
  • He is one of the oldest on his baseball team, they are the Braves! Hunter has had some great hits and plays at 1st base
  • Hunter has really begun excelling in reading his sight words and has made tremendous progress this year in kindergarten
  • His best friend Trey and him have been buddies since diapers. They ride the bus home together each day and play at after school care every week day
  • He loves his little brothers and family very much. He asks if our close family friends can be considered his “real family” too.
  • He has a memory that still is unbelievable to me. You can’t get anything past that boy!
  • He is outgoing and makes friends with anyone that comes near him, like our neighbor on vacation, the checkout people at the store, the delivery man, he doesn’t know a stranger!
  • He was spoiled to have his Granny and Aunt Dawn visit for his birthday weekend ❤

Happy birthday Hunter Ray!