Happy May 9th!

Seems crazy for Mother’s Day to pass by without saying anything! These days being a mom is my favorite topic. Hehe. However, I was a little busy yesterday mothering and traveling. My apologies for my tardiness. So, anyway, here goes.

Mother’s Day has always been a wonderful day to celebrate because, I may me biased, but I swear my mom is the best. She raised us full-time, and only now can I appreciate what that really means. Honestly, I don’t know if I could do it, and with such grace. She was born to be a mom. It comes natural to her, and I feel extremely lucky to be her daughter. And if being an amazing mom isn’t good enough, she’s the greatest grandma around! My parents even took Ellie last weekend so I could go to Palm Springs with my girlfriends (more on that later!). What a gift! 

My mom may have learned a thing of two from my grandma, the matriarch of our family at the ripe old age of 95. But don’t let that fool you: she hosts our annual Kalish girls holiday party, loves Skipbo and Bingo, lets us come and hang out at her pool, and cooks us food when we come to visit. I am so blessed to have her in my life, and I learn so much from her every time I talk to her. She’s tough, smart, and so sweet, and I’m so glad Ellie gets to spend time with her, too.

My sister became a mom five years ago, and has since had three of the most animated children I’ve ever met. Again, she’s a natural at it (did this gene skip me?), and until my little girl, I don’t think any little ones have filled my heart with such joy as hers. They love to sing and dance, play games and make believe, and I love when little Charles calls Ellie, “Baby”, even though he’s just a baby himself. And it’s equally fun to watch my big sis care for these sweet nuggets.

Then I got married, almost five years ago, and gained two more mothers and more grandmothers. Strong women with so much heart, all hard-working with a passion for life and to live it to the fullest. Role models for me and little Ellie, for sure.

And now, there’s me. The past three Mother’s Days have been transformative: hoping to be a mother, gleefully pregnant with a healthy baby (boy or girl, only time would tell!), and now mother to one of the most complex humans on the planet. Oh, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! She makes you work hard for a glimpse of her million-dollar smile, but when you see it, it radiates. Watching her laugh, her concentrate, her confusion, her excitement, her sadness, her sense of humor, her wonder…there is nothing in the world like it. 

I’m a huge fan of Nancy Tillman’s children’s books, especially On the Night You Were Born

Heaven blew every trumpet 
and played every horn
on the wonderful, marvelous
night you were born.

Thanks for giving me the joyful roller coaster of motherhood, Ellie Belly. I’m so blessed to be your mommy, and to be surrounded by so much love and support.

Ellie’s First Halloween

I’ll be the first to say that Halloween is not my favorite holiday (Christmas and Easter are!). Last year, we stayed in and watched a scary movie (No Country for Old Men). Having a child definitely makes for a different experience! This year, I’ve been thinking about the holiday quite a bit. Because Ellie can’t choose for herself yet, she wore two of her cousins’ costumes: an octopus in the afternoon and a flower in the evening! (George dressed up, too! See below!)

If that wasn’t enough, I got her a Carters outfit at Target that says, “I’m so cute, it’s spooky!” Who can resist polka dots, glitter, and a black tutu? Not this mama!

What’s great about Halloween is spending it with others. We had some friends over for stew and cider (and they brought Sweet Mandy B’s!!!)–not to mention adorable photo opps, then headed to the burbs for an open house party and more photos!!! 

Seeing all of the kids dressed up for trick or treating (both in person and online) was so fun! Keep the photos coming, and I’ll keep liking them!

It also got me day dreaming about when Ellie grows up: taking her trick or treating, seeing what costumes she’ll choose, making her give Mommy and Daddy all of the Snickers. Just kidding…she can keep some.

Hope you had a great holiday celebrating, and that you’re enjoying the extra hour of sleep. I’ve been up since 6 am…zzzz….