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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Wonderful Mother's Day Weekend

My mother's day weekend wasn't out of the ordinary, there was no money spent, but it was a weekend I truely enjoyed. It all started out saturday morning with bad weather. It was raining and we had a terrible wind storm, but that didn't stop us. We had plans to go to my mom's to celebrate Mother's Day with her. She wanted to cook us a ham supper. My moms a great cook, but with just her and my step father at home, I'm sure it's very simple meals. It sounded like she was looking forward to cooking a big meal for the family.
She lives in Lucknow, Ontario about an hour and half away from Stratford where we live. The drive wasn't the best, at one time we thought the truck was going off the road because the wind picked up the back tires. Thanks to my husbands good driving skills we were just fine.
After arriving at my mom's, I had a lovely surprise that my brother Jim was there also. It was nice visiting with him as well, and I know mom enjoyed that we were together. We also had another surprise, the hydro was out. The wind blew down a large tree that damaged the main transformer in their town. My moms plans for a ham supper didn't get stopped though. My stepfather Bill and my brother Jim already had the barbeque in the garage out of the bad weather, and made sure windows were opened for ventilation. Mom and I went down into the basement and got out her colman stove. It was brand new, still in the box. She had bought it just for an occasion such as the hydro going out. Way to go mom, your more prepared then I am.
Mom already had everything ready to go, so we just had to cook it. It gave us a great opportunity to visit in the garage while watching everything cook. Mom and I also took a time out to play cards with the kids. Supper turn out great, delicious as usual and she even made my favourite pie for me; rhubarb. There is nothing like coming home to moms home cooking.
After supper we lit some candles and played another game of cards. We were hoping the hydro would come on, but it didn't. It was about 9:00pm and we thought we had better start heading home. The drive was much better on the way back home, the wind had calmed down. I called my mom when we got home and she said the hydro came back on just as we left. Go figure. The hydro didn't matter, we had a wonderful visit and made a nice memory.
On sunday, Mother's Day, my husband let me sleep in and as I was getting out of bed he just got back from buying me a coffee at are local cafe. That sure was nice. If you know me you know I love my coffee. Then he made us all bunch of eggs, bacon and engish muffins. It was really good. My two youngest children, Mariah and Jack cleaned up, then we all got ready to go to London. We had plans to go visit our son Brandon, our daughter-in-law Rachel and our new 1 month old grandson Canaan.
We had a nice little visit with the kids and my beautiful grandson, then headed back home. It was about 7:00pm when we got home, so my husband Rob made us a quick supper of soup and grilled cheese. It was just perfect, we didn't want another big meal. The kids cleaned up the dishes and we relaxed for the rest of the evening.
All in all I thought it was a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. It was all about family and spending time together. What more could a mother ask for? Thanks Rob my wonderful husband and thank you kids for just being you! I had a great Mother's Day!

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