I had a busy weekend. It was Carver’s birthday. Kalissa’s family had a wedding on Saturday so I was on helper duty. I offered to make some egg bakes and pick up groceries for the party for Kalissa. I took care of that on Saturday…and on Sunday, we celebrated his birthday.
He is all of three. Here he is excited as everyone sang Happy Birthday. Notice the candle in his cinnamon roll.
Kalissa has perfected the perfect easy birthday…serve brunch! She makes a couple egg bakes the day before…has fruit and then has me make cinnamon rolls and muffins.
It was very nice…simple but nice.
I got a picture later in the day. Here he is writing his thank you notes!!
We are super practical. I got him a mason jar with slit lid to use as a piggy bank. I wrote him a note that he could use the jar to save money to get a swing set in the spring. They wanted to start teaching him more about money. The provided him a place to save and a goal to save for…and it made things easy for me for upcoming events. I can simply give money towards the swing set.
I also made him a pillowcase (it was the wrapping paper), a sweatshirt and a jar of honey. He LOVES honey bread. It’s his absolute favorite.
In the evening Karl and I had a special event. I can’t begin to tell you how fun it was….well let me start at the beginning….
On Sunday morning I got a phone call from Doreen. You might remember Doreen. She’s a blog reader from Fredericksburg, Iowa. Her and her husband Jim have been amazingly sweet to our family. They were the ones who emptied their change jar and gave us the money to help cover expenses when Kramer was sick.
When Kramer died, they were again generous with food and beverages. Now, they are at it again. They gave Karl and I much needed break from our everyday lives.
They had tickets to the Gallagher Bluedorn to see the play We Will Rock You. The play is based on songs from the musical rock group Queen.
Here is the synopsis:
“WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments and rock n’ roll has died.
Galileo and Scaramouche will join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, as they fight to take back the iPlanet from the all-powerful Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen. They will fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of rock n roll.
WE WILL ROCK YOU reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. With Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor as music supervisors and “a band without parallel in the theatre” behind the cast, the audience can expect WE WILL ROCK YOU to rock as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts.“
I thought I had commitments that I couldn’t get out of with Kelli and Buck and the birthday but Kelli said “Go Mom”….and I did!!
Not only did they give us tickets but these were AMAZING tickets….four rows from the stage in the CENTER. I’ve never had seats like that for anything. It was amazing.
We had met Doreen and Jim there. I scooted over to Doreen asked Karl to take a picture. Doreen said…”no, I really don’t do pictures. Just take one of your mom.” So that’s what Karl did. I went to my camera to write this post and this is the picture he took!!! Ahh…Suffice it to say, Doreen was wearing a lovely floral top.
That was not the only laugh of the night. The play was good and charged with energy. CHARGED.
By the end of the play everyone was stomping and clapping as the performers played the song “We Will Rock You”. When they got to Bohemian Rhapsody, everyone was singing. Including Karl and I! It was so fun. It was a high energy show and we both loved it.
As the show came to an end, we got up and headed out to see Doreen and Jim. I couldn’t help but think, “Man, this is exactly what I needed…a something to take my mink off of the everything.” When we saw Doreen we commented about how much we loved the show. Doreen whispered to me, “I thought you needed something to get your mind off everything.” Oh Doreen, you were so right.
Karl and I are so thankful for the little get away you provided us. It really was the perfect little something!! Thank you, thank you!!
So…even though life has been a lot lately, we were still able to step away for a few moments this weekend. We were reminded that there is definitely more to life than cancer.
..on a side note, Kramer’s sister just had surgery to remove some cancer. Seriously, when will it stop.
Thanks so much Jim and Doreen…