I think that May could not have begun more splendidly than it did today. Such a special month, with so many reasons to celebrate! I couldn't wait to get started. (And receiving such a beautiful comment from such a beautiful friend so early in the morning brought the biggest smile to my face, which lingered for the rest of the day--thank you! A sweet e-mail later in the day from another dear friend just added icing to the cake. I love you ladies! )
I thought that it would be nice to make some May Day baskets for my mom and Nana today and so this morning, my children and I made some simple cones out of colored card stock (each held together with a cute sticker) and filled them with flowers cut from our gardens. And, since May is also the month of Mary, we included for each of them a pretty Mary magnet which we made using these images. Upon further investigation, however, I realized that Darren had taken the van to work today and so we would not be able to go deliver our surprises as I had planned! Luckily, my mom didn't mind coming over to retrieve her own small gifts, and was more than happy to take the other set to her mom. I think they were both very pleased, but I'm sure no more so than we were to make our gifts for them!
After lunch, Caitlyn reminded me that we didn't have a May Day basket of our own to enjoy, and so we got right to work making another one to display in our home. I think it is truly lovely--we hung it on the inside of our back door, but quickly relocated it to the bulletin board when Meghan discovered how much fun it was to pick the flowers!Since we were on a roll with the crafting, we decided to make a set of magnets for ourselves, too: one of Mary, and one of her humble husband, Joseph, who's memorial we celebrated today as well. I think they turned out quite nice...and I love seeing them side by side on my freezer door every time I go into the kitchen.
To complete our perfectly wonderful day, I decided to make a minestrone soup with items I had on hand in my pantry and refrigerator, and Caitlyn helped me make some soft pretzels to go with it. We feasted mightily and still have tons of food left over!
There is not a single thing I would change about today. It was perfect, and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to share these customs and traditions--ones that are actually quite new to me, as well--with my children. Being their Mommy is the most amazing thing in the world. I am so very blessed.