Michelle's wish - Mother's day brunch, a massage at a spa and a little time away from the kids.
What I gave her - not much.
Aidan, Zoe and I actually snuck out of work/daycare on Friday to get Mommy a little something. Problem is, Aidan can't keep a secret, so while she was opening her gift, Aidan blurted out uncontrollably, "It's a purse!" Michelle pretended to be surprised anyway and did seem to appreciate a smaller purse that she could wear while carrying Zoe. Today, we went to the park to give Mommy an hour or so of quiet time. Zoe subsequently squirted me (and $4000 worth of equipment with her bottle - more on that on Wednesday) so I put the camera down and went on to do what I do best, play with my kids (and every other kid in a 50 foot vicinity).
The funny thing is, rather then resting, Michelle cooked up a feast. We had been contemplating going to one of those fancy all you can eat Mother's Day Brunches at a hotel, but for $40-50 per person, we really couldn't justify it. Anyway, today was another reminder that I had married up in the world. Below, two sets of bewildered eyes try to decide between succulent sausage and juicy berries.
Technical Photography Note: The first photo was taken at 1/8000 sec at f/1.4, ISO 100. The background was full of kids so the aperture was opened up as much as possible before exceeding the shutter speed. It's processed like a black and white photo except I increased the saturation of the color of the hearts and water bottle. Second photograph taken at 1/40 sec at f/1.8, ISO 500. The shutter was as slow as I could go without blurring the photo noticeably which drove the aperture and ISO setting. Depending on the lighting, a Canon 5D starts to show noticeable noise around this ISO.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there and to those who go out of there way to mother people.