Well, if I may brag a bit . . . hee hee ;)
The training I attended in Marble Falls turned out to be one of the best 'rewards' for me EVER (in a job setting). There was an award ceremony and I was totally clueless to what it was about. I was thinking to myself, "award ceremony? We don't even know each other. How would you give out awards? Based on what?!" Then I hear the nomination letters being read aloud -written by the Unit Directors, our Bosses! So, then I hear this being read:
"This person has stepped up to the plate on several occasions. She was hired as a youth leader in September and has moved her way up the ranks at the club. She has adjusted to her new role without complaints and has taken the initiative on helping the club become a better place for the kids by starting a volunteer program, finding new ways to make the curriculum exciting, and so on. Everyday when she is interacting with the kids you can see her passion, hard work, and dedication show through. Thank you Michelle Mayfield from The Texas Hill Country!"
I couldn't believe it. I was totally shocked. The other people that received awards had been there for 2, 5, 10 years, etc.! I've only been there 8 months! . . . I was and still am totally grateful to God! This happened just days after my last blog -where I expressed that I knew God wouldn't give me more than I could handle and how even through all the stress and "overwhelmingness" (yes I know it's not a word. lol) I still loved what I did and I knew that it was well worth it . . . This day and my' award' --oh I forgot to mention that it is an "MVP" award, hee hee (Most Valuable Professional) from The Professional Association of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America!!(I wonder if that really even means something . . . sounds like it though. lol) :D So, that day, receiving the award, hearing the nomination letter that my UD submitted, and finding out that I was picked out of the 3 clubs of The Texas Hill Country (there's Boerne, Comfort, and Fredericksburg) ---it totally made everything alllll worth it and I saw how God is carrying me through and blessing me along the way. It just "feels" rewarding. :) When we went up to receive our award, we took a photo, shaking hands, w/ the South/Southwest regional director and the picture and an article will be published in the newspaper (probably in Fredericksburg since it's our main office of the Texas Hill Country organization). What an eventful day. It was a great start for Mother's Day weekend! ha ha ;)
Oh wait, Friday is what really kicked off Mother's Day weekend for me (yes, we get a whole weekend in our household!! every celebration is always more than just one day...). I was getting ready for work --after working crazy hours here at home. I was soooo overwhelmed and stressed about the deadline that day and then the door bell rings. I had thought of ignoring it, to finish getting my stuff done, and maybe they would just go away! lol. Yes, I do that because if I'm not expecting anyone, then it's no one NOT selling anything -normally. I figure that if it's important they would continue to ring the bell. BUT I decide to go down and look out the window first --I see a FedEx truck...
I excitedly open the door -FedEx means a package of some sort. Everyone LOVES to receive packages!! *except when they are printer ink cartridges!! lol. I've gotten all excited before and then opened up ink cartridges!! lol* Well, the carrier was already back in the truck but on the porch, behind our chair, I see a 1-800-FLOWERS box . . . :D
I automatically assume they are from my FIL because he has been known to have flowers delivered to me. Well, I read the note and tears rolled down when I get to the part "we love you with all our heart Chris and Kryssa"
It was a dozen and a half of beautiful pink and white roses!! Oh, so beautiful! That's what I love about receiving flowers from Chris --he doesn't do it too often (at all) so when I do get flowers from him, they are soooo beautiful and totally unexpected. They are always different and presented to me in a special way, each time.
Then there was Sat (already mentioned above). Saturday evening, when I got back to SA, I met Chris, Kryssa and Poppa (my FIL) at The Cheesecake Factory. It was a Mother's Day celebration from Poppa. :) Oh, and it was yummy! The wait was 75 mins though!! lol -due to graduation, prom, and mother's day. But it was a nice celebration dinner. Oh, and he gave me some of my favorite chocolates, Godiva Truffles!! :p
I got my wish of sleeping in! hee hee I was super duper duper tired from saturday -getting only 3.5 hrs of sleep, waking up at 4am and not going to sleep until after midnight- so I needed some good rest.
While I was sleeping, Chris and Kryssa were working on a Mother's Day project. She excitedly woke me up telling me that she had a surprise for me downstairs "come and see Mom!" After several times of Kryssa coming and waking me up -I got up and did my usual morning routine to start my day. Kryssa then had me close my eyes --I was a bit concerned going down the stairs w/ my eyes closed but I told her to go slowly (she was holding my hand) and to let me know when I got to the very very last step. I made it down safely and she tells me "okay, keep walking, keep walking . . . stop! Look down but don't open your eyes . . . okay, open them . . . SURPRISE!!!" It was soooo cute how she did it and I open my eyes to the cutest little yellow w/ white polka dots flower pot w/ dirt (no flowers) and a wooden heart on a stick --she painted the stick green and the heart red and on the heart she wrote "#1 [which really looks like a 7 -hee hee] Mom" and the year. I LOVE it!!! :D Chris then tells me that Kryssa did it all on her own -she painted everything, wrote everything, filled the pot w/ soil, planted 5 flower seeds, and watered it for me. Oh, it is the BEST EVER!!!! I LOVE that she is able to really make things on her own now . . . it's what Mother's Day is all about for me (Kryssa doing something special on her own for me). now don't get me wrong. I loved the coach purse and wrist purse I got last year -w/ fav. movies and flowers, and the photo book Chris made for me -of me and Kryssa- a few years ago . . . .BUT to see what Kryssa can do all on her own and see how excited she is to have a surprise for me -it's the BEST!! :D (oh, and she actually kept it a surprise!! hee hee There were several times during dinner on sat that she almost spilled the beans. lol She did great! and so did my wonderful husband!)
Later that day we went to my Mom's to visit w/ Mom, Dad, Albertina and Jo! :D It was so nice being together again! :D My sis and I w/ our 'baby girls' and our parents (and Chris too of course, hee hee). *we exchanged gifts, ate yummy cake that my sis made, and stayed entertained w/ Jo and Kryssa!*
A very memorable Mother's day. I soooo look forward to Father's Day ;) !!
*oh, I would post pics but I haven't found my camera since Mother's Day :( I really really really hope I just misplaced it or left it at mom and dad's . . . I will be soooo very sad if I lost it only because I didn't get a chance to upload the pics of the good times at mom and dad's that day :(