It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means I’m joining up with my Cozy Living blogging buds to share what makes — or how we make — the month of May cozy.
And a big shout out to Jennifer at Town & Country Living for organizing all of us cozy bloggers!
For me, May is all about Mother’s Day. And this May I’m thinking back on my family’s Mother’s Day traditions from the past …
When I first joined the ranks of motherhood, my own mother and my two sisters (both mothers themselves) decided to make a trip to see me in Chicago.
On my first official Mother’s Day.
It was a fun girls weekend. We ate. We imbibed. We did touristy stuff.
It was fun. And since we live in different states, a great time to reconnect.
Soon thereafter we started a new Mother’s Day tradition: A weekend in Las Vegas.
On or around Mother’s Day, we would venture to sin city for a weekend of decadence. Mornings sleeping in. Midday spent lounging by the pool and sipping Margaritas and Pina Coladas.
We dined at some of the strip’s best restaurants for dinner.
And then we would gamble at the slot machines … or the roulette table … or the penny poker machine at the bars … or all of the above … into the wee hours of the night.
And after the first few years, we invited our brother to join us too. And some years from best friend (who lives in Los Angeles) would join in the fun.
But … as is life … things changed.
My sister lost her battle with breast cancer and our Vegas trips lost their allure.
It wouldn’t be the same without Janet.
Now as my own daughter nears 21, I’m thinking it may be time to revive this Mother’s Day tradition. But with a twist. A trip to Las Vegas one year. A trip to New York City the next. Followed by San Francisco. And Boston …
and on and on …
Perhaps my sister Carol and her adult girls would like to join us. And Janet’s now-adult sons … 🙂
P.S. I shared this project on my other blog, Mason Jar Crafts Love. It includes a link to the free Mother’s Day mason jar gift tags. Just click here …
Be sure to visit my Cozy Living blogging friends to see what makes May cozy for them.
Creative Cain Cabin / It All Started with Paint / Vinyet Etc. / Hymns and Verses
Finding Silver Pennies / Duke Manor Farm / Town and Country Living
Love this idea, I did a similar idea for my mom years ago with a huge mason jar. I wrote a memory on a slip of paper and dropped them into the jar. I made sure there were enough to read one a day for a year. Many memories she remembered and some she didn’t. I got a lot of good laughs and some cries when making the project 🙂
So-so sorry to hear about your sister. Although I did not know her, nor any of your family, I got a feeling that your sister would love it if you all kept the tradition alive. In, spirit you all and you sister given a BIG toast to her. I too, come from a large family. seven girls, which I am the baby. My sisters and I have fun things we do to, and promised to keep it going, even if one of us is no longer there.
Hymns and Verses says
Yes, you should do it! What I fun idea for Mother’s Day!
Your mason jars are amazing! I take a ‘girls ‘ trip annually with my two sisters and my mom. We alternate places to keep everyone’s interest and each year someone takes turn putting the plans together. Hope you have a nice Mother’s Day!
Danielle Driscoll says
I’m so very sorry to read about your sister. Thinking of you. I think she’d love your Mother’s Day with a twist and you guys could celebrate her. That sounds like a great idea! This sweet little craft is so pretty for Mother’s Day!
These are gorgeous! I want to make some and keep a few for me! Lovely!
That’s the best way to craft and create! One for mom and one for me!!! 🙂 Linda
Laurie @ Vinyet Etc says
I am so sorry that your sister lost her battle, I am so glad you have those wonderful & precious memories! <3 I love that you will be picking up your tradition with your daughter and her girls. I LOVE these painted ball jars!