Friday, February 24, 2012

A Valentine's Date

I am a planner.
I love to look at the calendar and pencil in those beloved summer family vacations,
squeezing them in between swim meets, scout camp,
girls camp, basketball camp, youth conference, etc.
Those were the good old days!

These days,
as far ahead as I try to plan, I can't seem to get everyone on the same schedule.
Between Haley's full time work schedule,
(and the fact that she has to request her time off over three months in advance),
Cassidy's plan to attend BYU summer school,
and Mountain View sports...(it is a love/hate thing),
we can't seem to get it together.

The stark reality is...the traditional week-long summer family vacation
for us may not be a guarantee this year.

With two adult children and two teenagers at home,
I've had to rethink things a bit.
Instead of weeks spent together travelling,
I've decided to grab a few hours when I can and steal the time from everyone's schedules.

Valentine's Day seemed to be a fitting time to do just that.
I gave everyone a valentine treat with a "save the date" invitation
for a sweet surprise.

I didn't tell them what we were doing,
just that they had to be home on Monday, February 20th at 8:30 sharp
for a Valentine's Date.

They were skeptical, but curious.
Each child tried their best to get the details out of me, but I was determined.

So when the appointed time rolled around, we piled in the car and headed towards
Hollywood Reflexology at Greenfield and Baseline.

When the kids finally saw where we were going, they were pumped!

The first comment from Curt afterwards was, "Has it already been an hour?"
I'm telling you it was heavenly!

There was lots of "Thanks, Mom, that was awesome!" in the car ride home.
I asked Cassidy on a scale of 1 to 10, how was it?
Her reply..."A freakin' 20!"

It was a great Valentine's treat!


Ruthann said...

Great idea...looks like fun!

Ruthann said...

Great idea...looks like fun!

Marilyn said...

You are so awesome! I wish I can be that organized. It's gar to keep a family together with so man busy schedules. You make me wish you were my mom. Great idea!