For today, I'm going to tell you about my Mother's Day with a little 10 verse story reminiscent of some of my favorite children's books -
1) When it's Mother's Day weekend, a mom will likely ask her family to pitch in with the household chores. She'll give them each a list.
2) She'll put vacuuming on her husband's list and he will vacuum extremely thoroughly, including moving furniture to vacuum behind and under couches.
3) While he's vacuuming, he will realize that the carpet in one room is in particularly bad condition. (Even though the mom has been mentioning for a couple years that she would like to change the carpet and walls and furniture in that room.)
4) When the husband realizes the carpet in that room is in particularly poor condition, he will decide very impulsively that it needs to be changed - NOW! So, he will take the whole family to Lowe's Home Improvement store to order carpet tiles and purchase tools necessary for removing carpet. He will also get some paint samples to try on the walls.
~As an aside here, let it be know that children (at least my children) get very excited about impending home renovation projects.
5) On Mother's Day morning, the husband will give the mom a lovely gift of some pajamas she had her eye on (because, yes, when this is your life you actually WANT pajamas as a Mother's Day Gift.) The children will give her heartfelt homemade gifts and the family will go to church together. Then, the family will go to lunch together and everything will be just lovely.
6) When the family gets home, they will all put on "work clothes" and head out the the room where the carpet needs to be replaced and, using the tools purchased the previous day, the family will proceed to strain and sweat while they rip out the existing carpet and scrape the adhesive residue off the tile hidden underneath.
7) Then, the family will go out to get supper at Wendy's because everyone is too tired to cook and they need to go back to Lowe's for one more thing anyway.
8) Eventually, the family will return home. The children will complain about not being able to watch TV in the room that is now under renovation, but will excitedly offer to help paint the walls in said room.
9) Finally, the family will all get showers and go to bed with a room that is in disrepair and still needs to be scraped, painted, and re-carpeted. The Mom will wonder silently if all that will actually get completed before the next Mother's Day.
10) And, the mom will also silently vow NOT to ask her husband to vacuum next year on Mother's Day weekend because, when you ask your husband to vacuum on Mother's day weekend, there is no telling what kind of project he will begin (perhaps in an effort to get out a vacuuming the next time around!)!
I'm trying to add a little humor to what could be considered a very awful Mother's day. Truthfully, though, I didn't mind it. I got some lovely gifts such as the aforementioned Soma pajamas, a sweet homemade book from two of my girls, and a handmade scarf from the oldest. I also got a beautiful hanging basket of flowers in my favorite color - purple. We really did have a delightful lunch as well. And, although I admit I had visions of sitting on the couch all afternoon with my feet up and my computer in my lap, embarking on this project was kind of fun and we got LOTS of quality family time together with plenty of smiles and giggles. Plus, at the end of it all (which hopefully won't actually take until next year!), I will get the renovated room I have been asking for for a long time!
I hope all of you had a lovely weekend and, if you're a mom, grandmother, or mom-like person to others, I hope you got exactly what you wanted!
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