Yesterday was my mom's birthday. Last year she turned 60, which is kind of a big deal since it was a milestone, so there were lots of surprises, celebrations and excitement. This year was more subdued and low-key, but it was still a good day.
Chandra and I did our best to make our mom's day fun. Fortunately, Chandra didn't have to work, so we were able to spend lots of time together. The three of us had dinner together (Mom wanted chef salads with buffalo chicken), and then later in the evening we watched Law & Order: SVU (one of our favorite shows that we like watching together).
My mom usually has carrot cake for her birthday treat, but she decided to wait and have it in a few weeks when her parents visit. Instead, Mom opted to make a chocolate peanut butter mug cake (one of those cakes you make in a mug that takes two minutes in the microwave). One of them is something like 800 cal, so Mom decided to just make one of them and put it in three little ramekins so that it wasn't calorie overload for any of us.
After dinner mom opened her present. Last year my sisters and I surprised our mom by getting her a KitchenAid mixer. When my sister Annette visited a few months ago she brought her ice cream bowl (one of the attachments you can buy to go with a KitchenAid mixer). It made THE BEST homemade ice cream that any of us had ever tasted, and it was SO easy. I thought it would be fun to get one for Mom for her birthday, so I sent an email to all of my sisters to see if they wanted to go in on it with me since the bowls are kind of pricey. It wasn't a surprise because I'd asked Mom if she would like one (I didn't want to risk getting it if she wouldn't really like it). She's excited about it, though, and has already put the ice cream bowl in the freezer to get nice and cold in preparation for making ice cream tomorrow for an appetizer and ice cream lunch get-together we're having tomorrow.
A few pictures to document the day:
The first picture below is from last year when Mom got her KitchenAid mixer, and the second picture (very similar to the first) is from this year.
I'm so glad that I live with my mom so that I can celebrate her birthday with her each and every year. I'm definitely lucky and I feel badly for most of my other sisters who live far away and don't have the luxury of celebrating with our fabulous mother!