Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday Cont...

What I thought would be a semi-lazy and quiet second half of my Mothers Day turned out to be something even better!

Around lunch time my neighbor's kids popped over for some play time with my kids. That was fine with me since all I had on my agenda was a little housework and labeling some old video footage. (I don't know about the rest of you, but an unlabeled video cassette drives me nuts. I like to know what's on them and the date. Thankfully, for years I've been faithful about saying dates and ages the second the camera starts recording, so in each new day you hear me announce the date before anything else. Way to go, me!)

With my camera out and my pen ready, we had some fun watching old footage of Noelle as a baby and Charlie as a hilarious three year old. Not too long after we started, there was a knock at the door. My neighbor, Mary, arrived to pick up her kids and invite me over for a beer visit at their house. I couldn't think of a good reason to say no, so all six of us trooped over to their house.

The kids had a fantastic time -- jumped on the trampoline, swam in the hot tub and sprayed each other all over with the hose. There was no better time to be had. Meanwhile, my mom friend and I drank Molsons because she's Canadian, watched the kids and gabbed our hearts out. Heaven.

The topper is that they surprised me by inviting us all to stay for dinner. Mary's husband is an excellent cook (and baker), so promises of a steak dinner made it impossible to say no. With my husband out of town, I had resigned myself to a simple dinner at home with the kids, which was probably going to include chili and hot dogs. Fancy, no?

The seven of us had an amazing meal of steak, dill potatoes and cucumber salad, followed by yummy strawberry shortcake. Oh, and there might have been a bottle of Sterling Cabernet to be enjoyed by us two moms. Not too shabby! A big thank you to my wonderful friends who gave me an amazing Mother's Day to remember!

Hmmm...I wonder if I can send Rick down there for Father's Day...