mother’s day

Mom Blog: On Being a Good (and Bad) Mother

For the past several years, we have run this article on Being a Good (and Bad) Mother on our mommy blog for Mother’s Day. It is a good reminder of why we’re in this together and you are enough. Every year, mothers are celebrated on that one special May day (which is not to be confused with “mayday,” another word with which mamas are familiar). And every year growing up, I remember my mother was consumed with guilt and inadequacy, the very antithesis of what Mother’s Day is supposed to be about. Was she the perfect mom? Of course not. None of us are. But she loved, sacrificed and cared for her children as best she could. A few years ago, I was at a resale children’s clothing store. As I poked around, the shopkeeper asked the age of my son and she confided...

A Favorite Mom Memory: The Picnic Tablecloth

A picnic tablecloth is such a simple thing but it can dress up any picnic lunch. We took a lot of road trips when I was growing up. We would drive up the coast of California to visit family. Every few years, we would move across country. During those road trips, we always stopped at a rest stop for lunch. Our lunches didn’t consist of drive-thru hamburgers but it would instead be a homemade meal packed in a bright blue cooler on wheels. We would pull into the rest stop and stake out our picnic table. As my mom set out our lunch, my sister and I would play tag and run off the energy that children produce when stuck in a car for five hours. We would explore the information on the signs and then return out of breath to find a feast waiting for us on a brightly-colored picnic tablecloth. The f...

The Day My Mom Saved My Life and Managed Not to Kill Me Afterward

When I was a little girl, my grandparents owned a guest ranch in the mountains outside of Creede, Colorado. It was called the S Lazy U Guest Ranch and it was one of my favorite places in the world. I have countless memories of exploring and adventuring with my brother, cousins, and kids from the families who visited there. I also have a vivid memory of the day my mom saved my life and managed not to kill me afterward. Note to reader: This is an unverified account of events, as I have never dared to bring it up again until now. We’ll see if she agrees with my recollection when she reads it. 🙂 My mom often helped my grandparents at the guest ranch by cleaning cabins between guests. One evening, I was enlisted to help her. I don’t recall my exact age, old enough to help and young enough to be...

The Early Mom Catches the Child

My mother never slept in. Or, maybe I just woke up incredibly and unreasonably late. That probably describes me when I was in high school, when I’d wake on summer mornings just in time for my dad to arrive home for his lunch break. But it doesn’t explain away my childhood memories. Every morning, my mom greeted me already coffee’d and dressed. It didn’t matter if it was a Monday morning in January or a Saturday morning in June, she was up, she was smiling. My mom may have been a bit nutty in her quest to outshine the sun but I rarely woke to silence or emptiness. Except once. I still bear the mark of that morning in the form of a nose that looks like it was sculpted by a precocious moose. It was a Sunday. I know this because I got out of going to church that day. My...

My mom: A forever student whose forgiveness and vivacity are a wonderful example

Dear Mom: I am not sure how to begin a letter to someone who is responsible for my existence here. We have so many memories and I learn more from you in my adulthood than ever (having more than something to do with my maturity).  Some of my favorite memories from childhood involve parties, food and always something creative. One of my first memories with you, was of the smell of clay as you were throwing pots in the garage of our house.  I loved the smell and I was captivated by the graceful movement of your hands, molding the clay.  You would squeeze the sponge and I would stare, trying not to blink, as a big lump of mud would magically form into a beautiful bowl or a vase or be pulled into a plate.  I was amazed at how your thumb would create a groove around the outsi...

20 Restaurants Mom Will Love for Mother’s Day

Whether you want something casual or more formal, we have plenty of restaurants that mom will love for Mother’s Day. All events are May 11, 2014. Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria Special menu includes carne frittata, vegetable frittata and breakfast pizza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $9 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary bar. Complimentary mimosa for moms with brunch/lunch order. Call for reservations. 8439 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, 303-799-8900, Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House Seventh annual Elegant Royal High Lunch Tea, seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $31.99 adults, $15.99 children under age 9. Reservations required. 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719-275-5354, Capital Tea Eighth annual three-course Mother’s Day Tea. Seatings at ...

Mother’s Day’s Fascinating History

Did you know the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914? That’s right. On Sunday, we will be celebrating 100 years from the time founder Anna Jarvis coneived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Be sure to watch the History Channel’s fascinating 3-minute vignette about the history of Mother’s Day. Think it was all carnations and roses? Think again. By 1920, Anna had become so disgusted with Mother’s Day that denounced the holiday and even was arrested protesting it. Take a few minutes to watch the fascinating story. But there’s a happy ending. On ...

Lessons from my mother: we want your contributions for Mother’s Day!

Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated. That said, when many women grow up and reflect back upon their moms, they realize that maybe mother did know best. We are dedicating early-May to stories about your mom. What are some of your favorite memories growing up? What lessons that she taught you do you hold most dear? And even now, how is your mom still influencing you for the better? Write in whatever format you’d like–a letter to your mother or as a blog post. Stories should be under 500 words and and be written in Word or cut-and-pasted in an email. Please include a horizontal jpg 600×399 (easily resized at and include your 2-3 sentence bio. Deadline is April 24, 2014. Please submit to amber [at] milehighmamas [dot] com.

Mom Memories: Motherhood freakin hurts!

Motherhood hurts. Bigger than a germ but smaller than a breadbox, this potential killer probably lurks under your couch, too.

Mom Memories: The Mom Behind the Mom I Am

I love my Mom's quiet strength. I remember vividly the day I found out we were infertile. She did not probe, suggest, plan, solve, push, advise. She sat on the grass with me that summer day and listened.

Listen to your mother! The show comes to Colorado

The nation-wide phenomenon Listen To Your Mother Show comes to Denver and Boulder in time for Mother's Day. Mile High Mama bloggers are well-represented.

Becoming Mothers: The Good, the Bad and the Baby

When my husband and I decided we were ready to become parents, we quickly learned that getting pregnant was the easy part. The pregnancy wasn’t too difficult either. The worst part was anticipating the birth. Knowing that the baby was going to have to come out somehow. I tried to decide which path would be best. The traditional way didn’t seem like a good time and neither did a C-section. I wanted to reconsider. But there was no going back. I was due on my 30th birthday. The day after my birthday, I failed the stress test at a routine checkup.

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