The kids made me a nice mother's day breakfast. Brian gave me some pretty earrings, and I got cards from the kids. Melissa made me an apron in YW. Kevin gave a great talk in sacrament meeting- he looked like a missionary up there- it was a talk a mother could be very proud of. All the women of the ward were given gifts of chocolates (my favorite- Lindt). It was a very nice day.
Our anniversary was on May 12th. I didn't expect anything because it was a busy day and the kids all had Mutual and Brian had 11 year old scouts. On the way home from cello lessons, Rachel and I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some chocolate milk that she needed for YW. When we came back to the car there was a white rose on the windshield. I guessed that it was left there by Brian. Sure enough, when we got home he had a bouquet for me. I was also surprised when he brought out a gift- a beautiful hand blown glass vase. I also got a card!!!!! I expected the usual gift of flowers, nothing more, so this was a big nice surprise! He said that he wasn't going to scouts so that we could spend the evening together. This was another nice surprise. So I threw a table cloth on the table, the kids set it with our gold swirly plates (with my new vase of roses as a centerpiece of course), put steaks on the grill, and we all sat down together for a nice celebratory dinner. After the kids all left to the church, Brian and I went to Marie Calendars for pie (Marie Calendar is were we had our meal after our wedding). It was a nice evening.
Sunday May 17th Jessica turned sweet 16. We had a yummy waffle breakfast and she opened her gifts before heading off to church. She got a new bike (we had taken her to pick it out the day before), her own key to the van from Kevin, a promise to go to Baskin Robins after she gets her license and can drive them there from Rachel, earphones from Melissa, the book Little Dorrit, classical piano CD set, and piano music from Pride and Prejudice. A gift from Jennifer is on its way. I wonder what it is? During Sunday school hour, some of the Laurel class snuck into her bedroom and decorated it. She had a nice surprise when we got home. We had sweet and sour pork for dinner, and I made a chocolate cake with sea foam frosting (from scratch) that we ate when the kids got back from a fireside. Jessica is now anxious to get her drivers license. Now that winter percussion is over, and AP tests are taken, she finally has the time to do her drivers training. We will be scheduling her test soon!
We sent a box off to Jennifer for her birthday full of gifts, decorations, and stuff and hoped that it would get there in time for her big day on the 19th. We we happy to hear that it arrived a day early- but then were shocked when we called her on her birthday and hear from her that it hadn't arrived yet! Her roommate to the phone and told me that it had arrived, and they had hidden it from her. There would be a surprise for her the next day. So the next day she told us that she had come home from class, to find a note on her dorm door with clues for her to follow! She had to go searching for her gifts in the true Greenall family tradition. She had cheesecake (made from the box I sent) complete with candles and decorations. A heartfelt thank- you to Jessica W., Becca and Vanessa- Jennifer's fun roommates!
Now things have slowed down a little with all the celebrating done for a while. We are enjoying the nice weather that we are have been blessed with by working in the yard, and sitting in the sun. I love spring!!!!