Sunday, May 11, 2014

Best Mom Ever Day

While everyone else in the USA was preparing for Mother's Day, our family was busy with Augie's latest invention: Best Mom Ever Day.

He hatched his plan several weeks ago and carefully explained it to the rest of us when Abby wasn't around. We would surprise Mom with a dinner party at her own house on Saturday evening, May 10. Each of us had a part to play.

* Vi and I were assigned to get Abby out of the house Saturday afternoon.

* Augie and his dad would make a fancy cake and set the table.

* Peter would stop at Keys' restaurant and bring food for dinner.

Plans became more detailed as time went by. We were to take Abby shopping for "queen stuff" that she could wear at the party. (Vi quickly added her own "princess stuff" to the plan.) A week later he was rethinking our task. The best place to get queen stuff, he said, was the Dollar Tree. But that was close to Keys and he didn't want to risk Abby seeing her dad there. I told him we'd go to the party store instead.

Oct. 2012
Meanwhile Augie wrote up his own recipe for a cake, to be made in Mom's castle cake pan. It included cut-up bananas as well as chocolate chips and marshmallows. He called for baking powder and 1/4 cup of cake flour. Peter found a recipe of the right size for the pan and added Augie's "must-have" ingredients, but it took about two weeks to persuade Augie that if we used his original measures, we'd have a moat instead of a castle. Peter also researched how to make stable whipped cream icing and how to color it gray, the proper color of a medieval castle.

Augie kept busy; he had a secret stash of papers in his room that he used as inspiration to create a banner for the occasion.

At 2 p.m. we girls went to the party story where we bought mom a lovely royal blue hooded robe that was properly queenly for the event (and can be worn later to the Renaissance Festival). We went to the mall for some other fun shopping. By about 4:30 Mom got permission to return  home, if she'd agree to observe Augie's rules: she had to stay in the living room for a while and not peek through a curtain shielding the dining room from view.

Soon Peter came with dinner, and Mom was allowed to see the table, adorned with flowers, as well as the fabulous castle cake, flying cutout flags and well guarded by medieval warrior toys. She put on her royal robe, and we all had a wonderful dinner she didn't have to cook. 

Augie had organized everything. He was so proud he was just bursting. The rest of us had played our parts well. Mom was appropriately surprised, even though bits of the event had seeped out over time. And who wouldn't be thrilled, having your seven-year-old son organize the whole family for such a wonderful occasion.

The cake, by the way, came out of the mold perfectly, and it was delicious. As Augie pointed out, you never knew exactly what you were going to get in the next bite--some banana, some chocolate, and/or some marshmallow.

I was planning to document "Best Mom Ever Day" using my iPhone, but I discovered it had no charge. Not even a little. So you'll have to imagine it. Start with six big smiles.

--Nancy, aka BLissed-Out Grandma

22 comments:

DJan said...

Wow, double wow! This is such a great story, and your seven-year-old grand has outdone himself. Although you didn't have any iPhone pictures, you described it well enough that I was right there, smiling along with the rest of you. Happy Mother's Day to you as well. Love the story. :-)

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Linda Myers said...

Fabulous! Good work, Augie!

Teresa Evangeline said...

That little Augie is quite the treasure, isn't he? An amazing little man.

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm closing my eyes and imagining it, and it's all so wonderful. Little Augie is a tremendous fellow.

Jeanie said...

Augie gives his family lots to smile about. What a great Best Mom Ever Day celebration.

Jeanie said...

I absolutely cannot tell you how much I love Augie. I love his creativity, his thoughtfulness, his dogged determination to get it right, his sales ability to sell the plan to the rest -- and just his wonderful sweetness. Oh, I can't wait to hear stories about how this little boy grows into a young man. But I have a feeling in another decade or two, there will be some lovely woman who is going to get the greatest gem in the crown.

Jenny said...

That is so cute. I hope you put your blog into a book for your keeping. Lovely memory to cherish. xo Jenny

Pauline Persing said...

Sounds like a perfect day.

The Broad said...

Wow! I am very impressed -- so much thoughtfulness and originality -- not to mention 'love'!

Ms Sparrow said...

What a delightful event and what a delightful boy!

Retired English Teacher said...

This was a wonderful story. Augie continues to just amaze me.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Way to go Augie...he knows just how to make his Mom feel special! Thanks for sharing! :)

troutbirder said...

That's one creative youngster planning such a wonderful event...:)

Kc W said...

Sometimes it is best to just put the camera aside and enjoy the moment! You certainly did a great job of describing it all! Good jog Augie - and everyone else, too!

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Nancy! Young Augie has a huge heart, and clearly a fabulous Mom. (And his Grandmother is pretty amazing too) Indigo x

Jayne Martin said...

What an awesome kid! Must get that from Grandma. ;)

Grandmother (Mary) said...

I'm reading this a little late but love the story of this amazing little boy- what a fun day he organized and how wonderful for him that everyone let him take the lead!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I can imagine- a super fun surprise! What a sweet kiddo!

Green Monkey said...

Oh what a memory! what a fabulous family. I have the image of six smile stuck in my head. It doesn't get any sweeter than that... wait, the cake sounds extra sweet as well! xoxo

Classes n Camps said...

This Is Such A Beautiful Story!

Jenny said...

How can you go wrong with stone colored whipped cream?

What a neat idea!

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