I have never been one of "those" mothers who feels that I need recognition for my parenting. In fact I would have been completely accepting of spending this particular Sunday like most Sunday's..reading my paper, spot checking Face Book and perhaps watching some of my favorite Sunday evening shows later in the day. Mother's Day brunch was not my idea, but who can say no to a beautiful buffet and no clean up after.
Three of the four children blessed me with their presence and their gift on this fine morning, so who could complain. (My step son spent time with his mother). Not only were the kids supper sweet, but my hubby even treated me even a little bit more special then he already dose. After some morning gifts, children hugs, and catching the first few pages of the paper with coffee, we were off to brunch at the Turning Stone casino. Mark had pre-ordered Mothers Day buffet tickets and we were to meet his mother there for the buffet and such pleasures as gaming. My own mother was unavailable to join us as she was off having fun doing what she enjoys most; at an art class. Her presence missed, with plans to take her out myself sometime in the future.
Spending time at the Casino has been a "family" tradition. We have had many Thanksgiving meals there, as well as a few Easters. This was the first Mother's Day event we have attended but I have to say the food was delicious. My mother in law had arrived on a charter bus and planned to stay the evening. We met her there shortly before brunch was about to start and we enjoyed updating one another on our lives. The kids presented her with a few presents and I gave her the NY Yankee pendent. She rewarded me with some cash and a beautiful shirt.
Breakfast was yummy. I had a made to order omelet, sausage, and bacon before I hit the lunch part of the brunch and consumed some mac and cheese, turkey and dinner rolls. Mark and my mother in law enjoyed the massive shrimp and scallops offered, and the kids filled up on homemade waffles. The desert was the best although there were so many to choose from I had to take several just to sample, and I sampled most.
My hubby took my eldest (now over the age of 18 gaming laws) in to the casino to show him the ropes. I had decided to let him play in my spot. I hate loosing and it seems I always do, so although I have had many days at some slot machines, I am not so eager (my money or my hubby's) to throw it up into the wind and kiss it goodbye. Nick has never gambled so they were off while my daughter and the little guy threw money into arcade games and at the store. Gavin played and won a dolphin, lexi shopped and found her friend a cute necklace and I just wandered the twenty and under store in awe that they could actually sell jewelry sets for 10 bucks. I convinced myself that they must be junk and bought nothing. Games played, full bellies, and Lexi had to be at work by 2pm, the kids and I headed home, while Mark and his mother enjoyed the rest of the afternoon together. I was able to spend the rest of the day as I had hoped in the early morning. Reading my paper and watching my tv shows. Brunch was delicious, spending time with the people I love was great, and relaxing the rest of the afternoon was a welcomed treat as I enter into week two of "retirement". This week plans to be pretty busy with every evening except tonight jam packed with stuff to do.