My mom is one of those hands on moms. She was at home with my brothers and I making sure we all made it on the bus . .. AFTER we made our beds HA! We used to tease her because she would clean the house before we went on vacation (and I mean CLEAN) or before a big storm was coming because she didn't want burglars or tornadoes to hit if the house was dirty! One of our favorite things to STILL do is to rearrange little things and see how long it takes for her to notice - one time, Darryl and I turned furniture backwards and hung pictures upside down just for fun! Really, all of this shows what an extremely hard worker my mom is - she doesn't quit until the job gets done even if it almost kills her!
My mom loves her grand-kids. I've watched her through the years with all of them, especially when they were little, and she spoiled them as much as she was able (and trust me, I let her spoil my boys TONS). She is a kind, caring, loving Nana. Just recently we were driving away from Papa and Nana and Josh said it best when he yelled out the window, "Nana, I love you SOOOOOOO Much!"
My mom WAS a great cook ;-) LOL This is now a family joke because my mom doesn't (hardly) cook anymore. For real. You know how I joke and say I don't cook when the kids are gone - she says she doesn't cook when the kids are gone either (and it's true - she doesn't HA!) Growing up though, she always had dinner cooking when we got home from school and made sure to make our favorites even if my dad was not a fan (which he never confessed until years later). She does have a few great meals like BBQ ribs, Steak on the Grill, Burgers . . .oh wait, my dad cooks those :-) hehehehe She really is a good cook but, again, at 70, I think you are allowed to quit cooking :-)
So, happy birthday Mom - we are glad we get to spend the day with you!