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Motivation Monday: Mother ‘s Day Workout Motivation

Hey everyone!

How was your Mother’s Day weekend? Did your families spoil you rotten with homemade crafts and cards? Or for the guys out there, did you spoil your wife and mom?

I had an AMAZING Mother’s Day weekend. My daughters were so excited about treating mommy to a special day, that they spent their week making me various cards and crafts, and counting down how many sleeps there were until Mother’s Day. I love the crafty gifts my daughters give me. I am truly blessed to have daughters that enjoy doing that kind of stuff. When I open their crafty gifts with their bright smiling faces anxiously awaiting my reaction, I picture them deep in concentration working as hard as they can to make their gift extra special for me. I’ve seen them do that with pictures they draw for each other, so I know that’s how they are when they are making their crafts in school for me.

Little Amber painted a flower-pot for me:

Brooke planted and grew a flower for me at school:

And at daycare Brooke made the sweetest butterfly picture with her footprints:

Sierra lovingly made me this card from her thumbprints:

(She talked about this card every night for a week!)

And on Friday night hubby told me he bought me a stool for Mother’s Day. I was curious as to what kind of stool he could possibly think would make a suitable Mother’s Day gift so I made him run out to his car to bring it in after the kids went to bed. Ha! It wasn’t a stool at all! Instead he teamed up with my parents to give me a combo Mother’s Day/Birthday gift (my birthday isn’t for another two months):

A new Nikon D3100 DSLR camera!!

My camera that we bought when Sierra was a baby broke a week after Amber was born. ALL of Amber’s baby pics for the past 18 months have been taken with my iPhone and I’ve been lobbying for a DSLR ever since the Canon camera had broken. I’ve been justifying that a DSLR would replace the need for taking the kids for professional photo shoots in order to have nice pics of them growing up. It’s hard to capture great action shots of them at soccer/swimming/gymnastics with an iPhone, right?

I seriously have the most amazing family ” not only did they shower me with the camera and homemade gifts, but they also brought me a special breakfast in bed on Saturday (Yes Saturday, because I ran a 10k race on Sunday morning ” race report coming tomorrow). The girls have had a habit of wanting to cuddle up and eat MY breakfast in bed with me, so this year my hubby made breakfasts for all of the women in his life and we all cuddled up in our bed to eat together ” it was a really nice family moment and the kids stopped one-upping and arguing with each other for a good 30 min. The rest of weekend was spent playing at the park, taking the kids to birthday parties and running my race.

The really great part of this weekend was the reminder of why I squeeze in time for exercise on my lunches: My three wonderful little girls DESERVE a mom that has the energy to play with them, and to demonstrate to them what’s involved in living a healthy and happy life. There are so many reasons to work out, eat well and take care of myself, but the biggest and best reason is my family.

Thank you for a wonderful weekend girls!!

Have a great week everyone!!

Question/Sharing: How was your Mother’s Day weekend?   What is your #1 workout motivation?


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  • Kathryn C.
    May 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Awwwww, what awesome and sweet gifts from your children! It looks like you had an amazing Mother’s Day! Your girls are precious! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!

  • Lindsay
    May 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    That’s a whole bunch of awesome, right there. I’m glad you had a great Mothers Day!

  • Christine
    May 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day! I love love love the thumbprint and footprint paintings from your kids. What a clever idea! So fun to get a new camera too! Sounds like you had a great day.

  • Andrea Kruse
    May 15, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Yay!! So glad you got a new camera. I would be lost without mine. Can’t wait to see all your amazing photos to come.

    So glad you had a great Mother’s Day! You deserve it lady. 🙂 My kiddos also showered me with some rockin’ DIY and extra help around the house. It was great.

  • Miz
    May 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

    it was amazing here too.
    nothing fancy just her little hand in mine…all day long.

  • Tara Burner
    May 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

    happy belated mothers day!
    my daughter paid for a tank of gas and we headed to Naples beach, spent the day there..she wrote ‘happy mom day’ w/shells in the sand
    then we saw The Avengers and then headed back to our side of the state!

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    May 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

    What a wonderful gift! Sounds like you had a terrific weekend. I love the footprint butterfly card — what a neat idea!

    My sister and I are treating my mom to a pedicure the next time she has a chance … the beginning of June! What a busy lady!

  • Lena -
    May 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

    OMG. I love your stool!!! I would really like me one of those. Love love love

  • Shelley
    May 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

    TOTALLY Jealous of the DSLR – I love how supportive your family is. I also LOVE the footprint butterfly pic… wonder what the reaction would be if I asked my big boys to do the same LOL! Big HUgs to you. LOVE your updates 🙂

  • Ghada
    May 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Wow, your little girls all look so alike. What a great mother’s day you had. I’m totally jealous about your camera, your justification for getting one is so good – I’ll have to use that on my hubbie. My kids are my motivation as well and closer to home, exercise gives me energy that in turn makes me feel vibrant.

  • Amber K
    May 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Your daughters are so beautiful! I’m glad you had a great Mother’s Day weekend 🙂

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