What I Really Want for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is coming up in a few short weeks. This is an especially busy time of year for us; besides planning for the summer and our normal glut of goings-on we have my daughter’s birthday and our wedding anniversary on the horizon.

Yesterday my sweet husband asked if there was anything special he and the kids could do.

I started thinking about it. Did I want a new purse? An afternoon at the spa? A special piece of jewelry to mark nearly nine years of motherhood?

Besides not being in the budget, these kinds of things seemed a little indulgent. After all, motherhood is really a gift to me, too. So why not celebrate Mother’s Day with my family, in a fun and simple way that doesn’t require a lot of cash?

Here are a few ideas for a perfect Mother’s Day. Feel free to share yours in the comments.

  • A Kitchen Dance Party 1 of 8
    A Kitchen Dance Party
    When my oldest son was younger he used to love dancing barefoot in the kitchen-- music blaring and his smaller siblings spinning in circles. It was one of my favorite times too. Now that he's a too-cool-for-school 3rd grader he rolls his eyes at my request for our "Kitchen Dance Parties." On Mother's Day I'd love him to indulge me one last time.
    Evil Erin/Flickr
  • Just for a Day…Bathroom Privacy 2 of 8
    Just for a Day...Bathroom Privacy
    No explanation needed.
    Photo Credit: DaedalusT/Flickr
  • A Barney Ban 3 of 8
    A Barney Ban
    I would love to ban not only Barney but all other children's music from my car on Mother's Day.
  • A Porch Nap 4 of 8
    A Porch Nap
    Ahh...I'm relaxing just thinking about it.
    Photo Credit: Photo Credit:hello-julie/flickr
  • A Borrowed Baby 5 of 8
    A Borrowed Baby
    I may be done having babies of my own, but on Mother's Day I would love to have a sweet baby to hold...and then hand back to Mama.
    Photo Credit: Sweet Carolina Design & Photo/Flickr
  • Some Girl Talk 6 of 8
    Some Girl Talk
    Sadly, most of my close friends live far away, and those who live close I rarely get to spend much time with. It would be great to spend part of my Mother's Day catching up with other moms and friends I admire.
    Photo Credit: Esparta/Flickr
  • A Good Book…and Some Time to Read It 7 of 8
    A Good Book...and Some Time to Read It
    Before I became a mother I was an avid reader. Now I rarely have the time (or the quiet) to sit down for long with a good book.
    Photo Credit: rennes.i/Flickr
  • A Step Back 8 of 8
    A Step Back
    More than anything this Mother's Day, I'd like to take some time to step back and reflect on this motherhood journey I'm on. It's tempting to get caught up in the little details of the everyday- the whining, the time-outs, the incidents of mommy guilt- so sometimes a look at the big picture is in order. And that big picture? Looks pretty good.

Top Photo Credit: Geishaboy/Flickr

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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