Pets of the Month

Say hello to this month’s featured furry friends!

Munch: This is Munch, and he is absolutely the best dog there ever was! I recently went though a very hard time that caused me to move from Idaho to Omaha. I really had nothing with me, except Munch. He went through a huge move with me, and hasn’t complained (that much) about it! Every time I walk with him outside all of the neighbors come running up to see him. Everyone seems to totally adore him, and he adores everyone too. He has made lots of new friends and is so happy to live at Alpine Village in La Vista, NE. Munch made this move so much easier on me, and I could never thank him enough. He is my family, and I am so lucky to have him.

Ginger: Meet Ginger, a 14-year-old tortoiseshell. I have had her since I was a little girl, and she has always been the greatest companion. She spends most of her time in boxes, laundry baskets, or hunting down pieces of paper/receipts. What she loves best about living at Claremont in Minnetonka, MN, is that she can safely go out on the balcony without me being afraid of her running off! She loves that she gets to see all kinds of birds and squirrels from our balcony window, something she did not always get at our last residence. You might even see her around the community as we occasionally bring her for walks with her harness!

Ideas to Spend Quality Time with Mom This Mother’s Day

 

Mothers; generous, devoted, supportive, annoying, chiding, nagging, but always caring. Like everyone else, mothers are made up of myriad emotions and personalities. But unlike everyone else, mothers have a limitless trove of love. In addition to gifting indulgences so they can pamper themselves, here are some ideas you can draw from to spend quality time with mom.

Take-out and Movie Night: Moms know your taste in fashion, food, and everything in between. They take great joy in making sure you have your favorite meals. Why not take a page out of her book and order in or, if you trust yourself, cook her a meal she will love? Pair it with a movie best watched with mom. If she is more inclined towards contemporary films, pick from this list here, or go vintage with this list of gems. Sit back, laugh, cry, and later argue over nuances of films and food.

Go on a Road Trip with Mom: Plan a trip where mom is the most important person. Pick her favorite songs to play in the car. If you are short on time, try this fun Mother’s Day playlist. Pick a destination that you know she will enjoy. If she likes shopping, head to a place known for its unique stores. If she is a wine connoisseur, drive to the wine country. Fill the journey with stories of mom’s growing up years, or secrets you may have never shared. The idea is to let mom know how much you value her for being her.

Make a Mom-Board: Who was mom before she was a mom? Dig through albums, speak to her childhood friends, ask dad, reach out to the extended family. Find out what mom was like, what she dreamed of becoming, how she impacted others around her. Create a wall with pictures of mom from her days of carefree fun, chart her journey, show her what she looks like as a social worker, a lawyer, an executive, a doctor, a teacher, a scientist, or anyone that she dreamed of becoming. Show mom that you believe in her the way she has always believed in you.

Pick a Class Mom Would Love & Attend it Together: In their constant pursuit to encourage and support us, moms often let their own hobbies fall to the side. This Mother’s Day sign up for a class she will love. From photography to painting to book clubs to craft, there are myriad options to choose from. Create something together and display it at home forever.

Volunteer for a Community Project Together: Moms are givers and families that give together, thrive together. Pick a cause mom is passionate about and donate your time together. Not only will mom love hanging out with you, but also draw satisfaction from contributing to the community.

Play a Board Game Together: Remember all the times mom entertained you by playing kiddie games, encouraging your make-believe and absurd tales, reading you story books? It’s time to relive those memories. Pick a board game to play at home, take to the park, or even bring to a coffee shop. Indulge in friendly competition and watch out, because mom is going to beat you at the game!