Friday, September 11, 2009

Mom! and Glee!

Dear Internets,

I have been very non-posty lately, for which I apologize. I really have no excuse, except that I'm once again working 191 hours a week. Yay early retirement? One can hope.

My mom's birthday is tomorrow. She's always complaining that I don't spend enough time with her, so this is what I'm planning on doing for her gift:

"Year with Jane in a Box" - I am decorating the outside of the box with "Sad Little Mad Little Mom" cartoons (a cartoon character that I made up when my mom and I went to Ecuador)

Inside the box, I'm putting a pretty little day planner (it helps when your mom's birthday sort of matches up with a school year) and wrote in a date for us each month. I'm also putting in a little wrapped gift to symbolize each month's plans.

September - year with Jane intro (journal, pens, and camera to document the year)
October - take my nephew to dairy farm for a haunted hayride (a little cornhusk doll wearing a Halloween costume)
November - puzzle night (500 piece puzzle; we have always done puzzles together & tried to trick each other into letting the other put in the last piece. Nerds forever!)
December - 29 birthday candles and a little letter about how I will have been lucky to spend 29 years with her as my mom
January - cedar fever survival kit (benadryl, hot tea, logic games book)
February - take my nephew to the Children's Museum (a little fake admissions ticket)
March - shopping at the outlet malls (Dr Scholls inserts for her shoes)
April - hiking/picnic at McKinney Falls (bug spray)
May - Mother's Day movie night ("What's Up Doc?" - we both love that movie.)
June - Market Days in Fredericksburg (still trying to think of a little gift for this... any ideas?)
July - cooking together (little heart-shaped measuring spoons)
August - bowling (socks)

What do you think? I think she'll like it, but who knows.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. This is unrelated, but I really like that show "Glee." I can't decide whether it will be a guilty pleasure or a show I actually admit to watching. I just think it's the most amazing thing in the world when people can sing and dance and be attractive.


Katelin said...

that is such a fun birthday idea for your mom, so cute. and i saw glee yesterday and i'm actually a fan too, it's pretty great.

tal said...

whats up doc is a perfect movie- its like the first half of funny girl before it gets all sad!

LiLu said...

Came here from Kim's place! I have heard nothing but good things about Glee... it's totally on my list. ;-)

Anonymous said...

This is a really GREAT idea for a birthday gift. :) I'm sure she'll LOVE it! :)

Kim said...

This is a great idea! How freaking clever!

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous idea! For the Market Days, how about a reusable shopping bag? There are so many cute ones that I want all for myself now!

Amber said...

That's such such a wonderful birthday idea! I love these kind of gifts - for my birthday this year my husband gave me a set of little cards, each with the name of a different "Surprise" on them (cryptic names, so I was never sure what I'd be getting) which I could redeem anytime I wanted. It was so thoughtful, and made me feel like my birthday lasted for weeks rather than just a day: I think your mom will *love* your idea!