Monday, May 14, 2007

Mommy-ness



Just a few images of mamas. Isn't my mom beautiful!? I love this picture of her taken her senior year of high school. Happy Mother's Day mom! One day late. Appropriate since I was two weeks late, I guess. She is such a wonderful mom. I've learned so many things from her, but most important, I think, are the things that just rubbed off on me. Patience, cheerfulness and a spirit of adventure.



This was taken on my first Mother's Day. 19 year old me and 3 month old Juliana. I had never babysat a day in my life. But I practiced patience learning how to be a mom. I stayed cheerful when I wanted to cry. And it definitely felt like Jeff and I were on a grand adventure. Still does.

Lately I feel like I've barely even been a mom between my work and traveling. All the same I was still startled into wakefulness yesterday morning by a loud group "Happy Mother's Day!" followed by lots of elbows, knees, and giggles piling onto me in bed. Then came taking turns at showering me with homemade cards, school-made art and very thoughtful letters and scribbles from each of them. Of course Juliana was still in bed herself being in a different wake up bracket than her little brothers and sisters. She had already plushed me with a new CD the day before. Which I'm pretty sure has migrated into her CD player.



I was so amused by Isabela and Leo this morning on the patio. Those two cuddle together a lot while she says the funniest little love words to him.
"who is the best dog?"
"you are!"
"you are such a sweetie, yes you are!"
Jeff and I were cracking up at how she mothers him, and even more at how Leo nestles up right next to her and always has a paw around her or on her, hugging back. Such a little nurturer. Apparently some things are just instinct, which is very comforting. But maybe a little mommy-ness is rubbing off on her, I suppose. xo,AM

28 comments:

  1. I always look forward to your blog and the thoughtfulness you share. Your family is beautiful and you are so blessed with many things! I hope you had a great Mother's Day and that it continues everyday!

    -Jess San Diego, Ca

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  2. Happy Momma's Day! You are a loving, beautiful momma just like your own momma! Love the fun photos!!! Love, Laurie~

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  3. You're not late at all in wishing your Mom a happy Mother's Day. In France, it is on June 3rd. Just imagine you're in France and you're actually very early.
    Just gets to show, it should be Happy Mother's Day everyday!

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  4. Happy Mommy's Day!
    Your family is beautiful! I am happy you had such a wonderful day! I did too.

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  5. Sounds like your day was wonderful! loved the photos you shared!

    Megan

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  6. Sounds like a great day! That picture of you on your first mother's day is beautiful! And your mom is quite the looker!

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  7. Great photos! Oh you lok so radient as a new Mom with Julianna on your lap!

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  8. Happy Mothers day AM!

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  9. Happy Mother's Day! One day late... ha ha ha. I don't know if I was late, but my son was a week late. Unfortunately he didn't decide to keep that lateness to his mornings. He's a regular 5:30am riser. Sigh! But it's all worth it when he put his little 3.5 year old arms around my neck for a hug and a kiss yesterday. Thank you for the extra day of Mom love!

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  10. Wow, you and your mom are both gorgeous! What a sweet post!

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  11. Come by and check out my newest contest! lol. It's my very first and I have no one entering. lmbo. :(

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  12. What a great day, and a wonderful post. Happy Mother's Day fashionably late -- and thanks for the reminder to make my own post!

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  13. Wow. When I saw your "first Mother's Day" pic, I thought to myself, "She looks just like ME on my first Mother's Day." I was nineteen, too, with that (sigh) nineteen-year old figure. But *mine* was in 1975...

    Thank you for sharing your day!

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  14. ellen7:21 AM

    Happy Blated Mother's Day. You have a beautiful family. It's amazing all that you do!

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  15. Thanks for sharing the lovely sentiment and all of the beautiful pictures. 4 lovely girls and one cute pup. :)

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  16. Your mom is beautiful. I can see where you get your beauty, and you have passed it on to your children, inside and out! That picture and story of Isabella and Leo is just precious.

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  17. Stacie4:39 PM

    I still don't understand how you do everything that you do, and obviously so very well! Great post about motherhood...I am childless, so I have to live vicariously through my brother and his wife's kids...a modern day Auntie Mame is my goal...

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  18. You are just adorable.

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  19. Aww! Ditto ~ what Claudia said! You are gorgeous inside and out, and it is wonderful to see/hear where it has come from and is going!

    Happy Mother's Day to you Anna Maria.

    ~gyl

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  20. You are so lovely! I adore my mom, too.

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  21. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Such a cute picture of you and Juliana....time goes by fast doesn't it?

    I love the CD that Juliana gave you...I had to go out and buy it.

    Joanne

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  22. Anonymous10:56 AM

    happy late mothers day to you Anna Maria! :o)
    dont ya love seeing that momma nurturing in our little ones?
    lori
    lissilulu

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