Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day Weekend

The 2nd week in May is always a special one for a couple of reasons. My son, Michael, celebrates his birthday on the 10th and that Sunday is Mother's Day. 

This year those occasions happened on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Also adding to the uniqueness of this weekend is the fact that I am teaching Children's Church at Oakland Baptist this month. 

The weekend events actually began on Friday afternoon when James called me on my cell. He informed me that both Michael and he weren't going to contact with their Mom on Mother's Day on purpose. It was my job to take Paula out to dinner late in the afternoon. They would meet us at the restaurant. 

So I was given the task of getting my wife to a restaurant on Sunday afternoon so her sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughter could surprise her for Mother's Day. 

Given the fact that Paula usually likes to relax at home on the last half of Sunday; I had my work cut out for me.  

I planned on Saturday being a day of rest and relaxation for my wife. But the morning proved to be a bit different. She was kind enough to make us bacon and eggs for breakfast. 

It was then time for me to get out my supplies and prepare part of the craft for children's church the next day. I had large popcicle sticks (more like colored tongue depressors), small foam shapes with adhesive on the back and magnetic tape.

The final craft turned out a bit different from original idea I had in my head. Paula helped me solve my design problems. She was then gracious enough to help me make the frames I wanted to have ready so it would save time during class. We glued together 15 of them having to clamp them so they would dry stuck together.
Here are some pictures of the process.  

The final results was a multi-colored picture frame that would serve as a refrigerator magnet. I planned on having the kids draw a picture, glue it to the center of the frame and then add some of the shapes for enhancement. Here's my quickly put together example; not my best drawing of a flower.

We finished with all 15 picture frames by about 2 o'clock. It turned out to be a nice "together" project for us. 

I spent the rest of the afternoon gathering the other materials and things I would need for teaching the kids the next day. 

Saturday night's dinner turned out to be a delicious joint effort as well. Paula baked some sweet potatoes for our dinner and some chicken quarters we could have for dinner sometime in the next day or so. I cooked a couple of steaks on the grill. They were very good. 

The rest of the night was spent sitting back and relaxing on our love seat recliners. We watched the new episode of our favorite TV show, Orphan Black on BBC America. 

Children's church went very well. My second lesson on creativity focused on Jesus. I taught the children that Jesus, as God, was responsible for creation of all things. I then demonstrated how as a carpenter on earth he made things out of wood and as a teacher he created stories, or parables, to illustrate his wisdom. 

The kids really liked seeing Cecil the turtle, acting out building things like a carpenter, making their gift for their moms, and learning the song about "The wise man and the foolish man." If you don't know it, here's a link to it on You Tube. 
A Wise man Built His House Upon The Rock 

For lunch Paula turned the left over steak from Saturday's dinner into a delicious open face steak and smoked gouda cheese sandwich for lunch. 

Paula watched "The Hobbit: Decimation of Smaug" on Blu Ray while I napped on the couch. 

It took a little doing but I finally convinced my wife to go to Cheddars in Bowling Green for dinner. 

We got there about 5:10. The kids were sitting in the restaurant's outside patio area. At first Paula thought it was just a coincidence that they were there. But she quickly caught on. 

We spent about 30 minutes on the patio waiting for out table. Paula got to spend time with the kids; especially with Aria. 

The kids gave Paula some nice Mother's Day gifts like jewelry and a certificate for a manicure.

About 6 o'clock we were escorted to our table. After a delicious dinner and a wonderful time together we left the restaurant. 

After a stop at Stakz, our favorite frozen yogurt shop, for desert we came home and relaxed. 

Paula spent the rest of the night enjoying the 2 hour season finale of her favorite TV show "Once Upon A Time." Don't want to put up any spoilers but the end was very "chilling". 

Just one side note to wrap things up. On Saturday, Michael and Heather went to Nashville to celebrate his birthday together. 

While he was there he went to the Lego store in the Opry Mills mall. We told him to pick out a set or two that he wanted as our birthday gift to him. 

I mentioned to Paula that I thought it was pretty strange that we were buying our 33 year old son Lego sets for his birthday. 

"Not any stranger than me buying them for my 53 year old husband for his." she returned. I guess she has a point. 

Thus ended a very busy but enjoyable Mother's Day weekend. Hope everyone had a nice couple of days as well.   

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