May in general is a pretty busy month for our family. There are lots of birthdays and of course Mother's Day usually falls in there somewhere. This year, it was the day after my Dad's birthday so we had a big family thing all weekend!
James flew in from New York and John drove down from Atlanta. Part one was a somewhat raucus dinner at the Olive Garden.
I left Z sleeping and Darling Man reading the paper and went to early church. I probably would have skipped, but I wanted to attend the Lector training being held directly after the service. Since I read aloud for part of my living, I figured I'd lend my voice to the church as well. There was a brief introduction and discussion of what would be expected and then we were done. Yay! Plenty of time to get home, change, grab the boy and head out to the farm.
We had a big day planned. Our Panama City cousins were working on the play "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Kaleidescope Theatre there. One was in the play, another was the prop mistress. I'd planned to take Z over the following weekend, but when Mom heard about it, she decided she wanted all of us to go. We piled into the van, Dad at the wheel, Mom in co-pilot position, John and James in the middle, and Z and I all the way in the back. It was a fun ride, though it was hard to hear all the way in the back. We amused ourselves and read our books. Z is reading "To Kill A Mockingbird" for his Language Arts class, so the timing of this play was serendipitous.
And the play itself was WONDERFUL! All the actors were great, the set was amazing... everything was perfect. The little girl who played Scout had never been in a play before, but she's a natural. I love when you watch a movie or play and forget that you're separate and watching from the outside. They were that good.
It became a real family affair. Not only did we drive over from Tallahassee to attend, but Cousin Fred drove up from St. Pete, and Cousin Lilith and her husband were down from Maryland as well! It was quite the Mother's Day! And a perfect celebration of family.
The trip home was a little quieter than the trip out, but a nice ride anyway. The next day being a school day, we got into our own car as soon as we got back to the farm and headed for home. For the second night in a row, we fell into our beds exhausted but happy.