Want to really make a mark this Mother’s Day? Take it from this mama, it’s about the memories. Here’s a look at my adventures with mine: Napa Valley Moms Trip.
Thank you to JCPenney for sponsoring this post and the reminder to tell all the mamas, “you’re #SOWORTHIT!”
Being a mom is a lot like fine wine….the older you get the better you get.
…But take it from me, don’t wait to savor her, appreciate her as much as you can, when you can.
They always say that one day you’ll really appreciate your mom. Like REALLY appreciate her.
In a way that you really can truly understand when you become one yourself.
At that time you get it. And man does it hit you like a big bag of bricks.
Thankfully, while my mother doesn’t live near, she lives close enough if I need something she’s there.
Especially since I’ve had children, she’s there in no time flat.
Without her, there are so many times I wouldn’t have been able to get to a meeting, get my hair done, give birth, go on my dream vacation, cry in the bathroom in peace and quiet. She’s made it happen – whatever, whenever I needed.
And when she goes to leave, to return home to my dad who’s fended for himself while she “Gigis,” the kids and I both walk her out to the car, give her hugs, share kisses, and then the tears begin. All of us.
A few years ago I had a chance to do something with my mama and escape together.
Off to Napa we went for a week of fun and fancy free to inhale as much as Napa Valley we could – and over my birthday at that.
During our drive from San Francisco to Napa and then on to Calistoga (a drive that everyone should take – it’s SO WORTH IT), we talked, we laughed, and plotted out our week. I had arranged for a few hot spots, but we left our schedule open to make sure we didn’t squeeze the joy out of our relaxing week trying to get all my hot spots on the itinerary (I do that.)
Funny enough – we hit almost everything including some that I didn’t think that were possible including Bouchon. One of the items on my list I was able to secure was a tour and tasting at Cliff Lede. A vineyard and winery devoted to classic rock music, the mood of the place rocked (and so did the wine.)
Really whole trip was like that. One experience after another, we found a beautiful space, drank beautiful wine, enjoyed some beautiful meat, cheese and other accoutrements, and just enjoyed the space, the moment and our company.
However, it really was just lots of picnics we were having all of Northern California!
Since our getaway, we haven’t had a chance to escape like that again, but we do reminisce about it all the time. And the last time the kids went to visit her, she mentioned she’d love to have a picnic with the kids but she didn’t have a “proper picnic basket.”
I wasn’t sure exactly what a proper basket was but I was sure I would know it when I saw it.
Sitting in my head, that statement took me back to our “picnics” in Napa, so when Mother’s Day rolled around this year, it was obvious that I was on the search for the right picnic basket for her.
So off to JCPenney I went and discovered a vast selection of picnic baskets. From old school baskets to insulated ones, with straps with or without plates, there was a basket for everyone.
And then I found it – a proper picnic basket. Beautiful and picturesque, just looking at it reminding me of all the moments we had in Napa picnicking with our pinots.
But there was one thing missing…a bottle of Cliff Lede that I had picked up from the winery on our trip.
The perfect pairing. Just like us.
And just the way to say “YOU’RE SO WORTH IT, MOM” this Mother’s Day.
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