Thank You Mom and Dad

When I told my parents in late April that I was starting my own business in design and sweets, they didn't think too much of it. It seemed as if it was just my latest hobby. When I told mom I wanted to "do" Mother's Day she just let me decorate however I wanted but more in a "Oh, that's just Michelle" kind of way. But as I started to get busier and busier with orders, whenever mom would call me on the phone to ask me what's new, all I could say was that I was always working on orders. I had paying customers. I actually have jobs to finish! Or when I told her about how I was on my way home from the Ritz Carlton because I made a delivery there she was shocked.

My parents aren't the type to tell you how great you are. When I got A's in school, of course they were proud, but unlike my friends, I didn't get allowance or bonus money for a great report card. They didn't come to my Honor Roll assemblies and never encouraged me in any of the extracurricular activities I wanted to join in high school or college. They're not bad parents, they just weren't the type to raise us by always praising us. It taught me to be proud of my own accomplishments without seeking approval from anyone else.

So you can imagine how shocked I was when I found out that they bought me a KitchenAid mixer!!!

Mom and I talked about how I wanted one a few weeks ago and she mentioned she was going to find out if anyone she knew had an extra one they were trying to get rid of (it's how I ended up with a food processor). Then over the weekend dad mysteriously called me to ask what size mixer I was looking for while they were at Costco, but I didn't think they were going to buy it. Just researching for me!

I came to their house a few days later to find that huge KitchenAid box sitting in the living room. I knew mom wasn't in the market for one so obviously it was for me. I told them that I was very shocked and that they didn't have to buy this for me, especially when they thought Hey Love was just a hobby of mine. Mom told me that this is their way of showing me how proud they are of me and that they really support my business. Man, I'm tearing up writing this. You do not know how much this means to me that I have their complete support in Hey Love, and in me. Although just a simple "I'm proud of you" would have made me just as happy.

Thankfully I have a big order to complete this week so I already had the chance to take Sir Mix-a-Lot (yes, that is my KitchenAid Mixer's name) for a spin.

One tiny problem. I barely have any counter space in my condo! Thankfully the mixer is the smaller 4 1/2 quart version, but I will have to do some reorganizing to give Sir Mix-a-Lot a featured spot on my counter.

But whatever, look how pretty!

I'm already loving the hands-free action and how quiet it is compared to my hand mixer.

Thank you mom and dad. You really have no idea how much this means to me. I'll also make you free sweets for life! Limit 1 dozen per year. (Just kidding.)