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Valentine’s Dinner

Remember on Friday when I posted that we were postponing our Valentine’s Dinner? Well, at 9:30 on Saturday morning, Mom asked us if we felt well enough to do it. Ummmmmmmmmm…………yeah…..I guess. Caroline and I exchanged panicked glances. Sometimes, keeping a secret is hard. Because, my Mom didn’t know that this year we had planned…a dinner theater.  And that we had already contacted the one other person outside of our family who was in the play and told him it was canceled.

Caroline and I RACED to the store to get the last things we needed. We tried to call our friend’s house and left a message. On the way to the store, we ran over everything we still needed to do. You see, we canceled it early on Friday so we didn’t do any of the preparations we were going to do that day. Luckily, or rather, sovereignly, we saw our friend’s Dad at Wal-mart and talked to him- they hadn’t really made any plans and he thought it would still work. We had invited our friend’s parents over and were planning on serving them dinner with our parents.  Check mark number one.

We got home and kicked the parents quickly out the door.  And then I did one of my favorite things: I made lists.  A list of food that needed to be made and a list of what needed to be done as regarded the play.  The menu: marinated chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and for dessert, strawberry-chocolate parfait.  Nothing real fancy like in past years because I needed time to work on the play too.  As much as I could, I made ahead of time.

I started preparing food and Caroline worked on the set. She made a cutlass out of cardboard and foil. She cleaned up the whole basement where we were doing the play. We wanted to make sure that Becca, Bethany, and David were well enough to do the play, so we let them rest most of the day.

The play was The Pagemaster. We all liked the story and even David knew it because he had watched the movie. We adapted the story to fit us- no flying dragon.

At 4:00, our friend arrived and we attempted to run through the play with him once. We had never practiced together and we had changed a few things since I had given him the script, so we had a lot to cover. Amid this, my potatoes boiled over (silly me, I had the lid on them:)  and my bottom pan of rolls burned. Boy, I’ve never had this much trouble cooking!  I finally left Caroline to finish running through the play with our friend and went to finish the food.  Parents arrived, food was given, and the play started.

It went so much better than I thought it would. It was a lot of fun and there were several, unplanned, humorous moments. Like me forgetting the intermission until I was one scene past it!  And, of course, when you have a five year old playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you know you’re in for some laughs!!!

Over all, I think my parents liked it and I managed not to get upset even though I was a little stressed. Everyone had a lot of fun and we can’t wait till next year!

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in valentine's day

 

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Valentine’s Day

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We don’t really do valentines.  I kind of think that it’s really a holiday for married folk 🙂  Our homeschool group does an exchange and we always just write, “Thanks for being my friend” on our valentines. None of that silly, “Be mine” or “You’re my sweetheart” you find on some valentines.

With all that being said, Valentine’s Day is a BIG deal around here. Every year, we do a surprise Valentine’s Day Dinner for our parents. It’s not usually on Valentine’s Day because of the time we need for it, so it’s on the Saturday closest. This year it’s Feb. 16.

We plan this all year long and every year has a different, surprise theme. We’ve done Fancy Restaurant,  Chinese, Hawaiian, American Retro Diner, French.  This is our sixth year doing this!

Some Highlights of the past:

Fancy: Our first year!  Banana splits for dessert! Now that I think of it- that’s really not fancy at all.

Chinese: We made paper lanterns out of construction paper and hung big Christmas lights on the ceiling and put the lanterns over them. Awesome.

Hawaiian:  We all wore floral and I found a free, online Hawaiian radio station to play music for it.  We also got a coconut for decoration but when we opened it- it smelled AWFUL!

Retro Diner: We painted a box to look like a juke box and created a CD of oldies love songs. They got to pick songs to play from a list.

French: We made ratatouille from the movie and it was delicious and beautiful!

This year: Still a secret! We’ve had the theme picked out since summer and it is our most involved one yet.  I can’t say any more because my intelligent mother might deduce what we’re doing.

That Saturday, Mom and Dad already know they usually have to leave mid-morning and we tell them what time they are allowed to come home. It’s usually about 5PM, although the Diner year we did do it for lunch. This year will be the usual- dinner.

We really try to include everyone in the preparation. Bethany knows it’s always been her job to greet them at the door and help take their coats. David has a job to do but he usually ends up sitting with Mom and Dad to get food off of them!  Rebecca has a big job this year and we all help with food.

It’s a lot of work but we all love it and can’t wait!

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in holiday

 

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