Three Birthdays and a Mothers’ Day

Like many families, mine had planned to spend Mothers’ Day together last Sunday. But instead of attending a cookout in her honor, my mom was bringing my dad home from the hospital – something she was glad to do (and everyone else was glad she was able).

But this wasn’t just to be a Mothers’ Day cookout. We have three birthdays in my family this week, and it was going to be a quadruple-combo celebration! My birthday was Tuesday, the 15th, my husband’s is today, and my brother’s wife’s is Saturday. Dad is doing well, so it looks like our postponement to this weekend is a go!

It’s always hard to buy for my mom. She’s trying to declutter – she has not only her and Dad’s stuff, but both their parents’. My parents also typically just buy for themselves whatever they want and need. Gift certificates make a good clutter-free gift, and have pretty much become a default in my family. The surprise is where are they from. 😀

I do have something special for the other mother in attendance (besides me, I mean), my sister-in-law’s mom. She’s like the aunt I never had – my dad’s an only child, and my mom’s only brother was divorced when I was little. I don’t think Ann reads my blog (she’s the kind who’d comment if she did), but she’s always been wonderfully supportive of my writing – not that the rest of my family hasn’t, but she’s an artist, and really understands what it means to me. So for Mothers’ Day, she’s getting a brand-new copy of my newly-released print version of Time’s Fugitive.

Yes, it’s now out in print! So if you’ve been waiting to read it in pulped-tree form, it’s now available at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon, and should be coming to other online retailers soon.

The get-together should be a good time – they always are! My daughter and my brother have birthdays nine days apart in August, so we celebrate theirs together, too. And my mom’s birthday is always near (or on) Father’s Day, so we combine those.

Do you have combo family celebrations? Any special person who’s not related, but like family? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments. And if you have any ideas for clutter-free gifts that aren’t gift cards, I’d love to read them!

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  1. We are big on giving gift cards–especially for “outings” like restaurants. My mom also likes when I send her food gift baskets–things that get consumed and don’t clutter 🙂
    My father in law loves lottery tickets, but that bums me out when he gets less than what I paid for it!
    Glad your dad is out of the hospital!

  2. My brother-in-law and his two sons all have early January birthdays. Of course, they throw a big bash every year. It gets a bit impersonal, but, at the same time, the party is bigger and better than any single birthday party. I think they’re okay with that 🙂

  3. Coleen – food gift baskets are a great idea! I haven’t given one in a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

    Fabio – exactly! Three are better than one. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I’m with your mom. I have everything i want and buy anything else I need. I’d love to have gift cards for time. help with the yard or painting or something like that. both my sons are good at that kind of work, but of course they always say ‘they’re happy to help’. but then I won’t ask LOL.

  5. Me and my brothers are limited to buying cards and treating our parents to dinner during Mother’s and Father’s day since they decided to live a minimalist lifestyle.

  6. This coming Sunday will be extra sweet. You’ll get to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day, those three birthdays, AND your father’s recovery. That’ll be some party, Jennette.

    My mother reads large-print books, so that’s what I buy her. I’ve shown her how to increase font size on a Kindle, but she’s not ready to go paperless.

    I like your gift card idea and bet your mom would like a print of your daughter’s prom photo–the vintage car pose.

  7. Louise – that’s what my brother usually does for “gifts” – works on her car or stuff around her house. He’s an electrical engineer and also does automotives, so he’s a pretty talented guy. My talents aren’t so useful in that context, so I stick to the gift cards. Thanks for your comment!

    Michael – exactly! Maybe the gift cards are the best idea after all. Thanks for stopping by!

    Pat – yes, it’s going to be a good one! I got my dad a Kindle for his birthday last year and he loves it. I might get him an Amazon GC for Father’s Day, but I bet he hasn’t used the one I gave him with the Kindle – he mostly gets books from the library and downloads freebies. That’s a great idea on the photos! I don’t have a frame, so I’m filing that one away for her birthday, which is next month. Thanks!