I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. DH and I spent July 3rd surprising my mother. I called my father in the morning to see where they were planning on spending the July 4th holiday (aka Mom's birthday). Since they were planning on being at home, Daniel and I packed up quickly and started driving to go and visit them. (They live 3.5 hours away, the way Daniel drives.) When we got to their home, Dad was out running last minute birthday errands, so Mom was alone at home. We snuck in the gate, and started obnoxiously ringing the doorbell. Of course Mom was a little flustered at the jerk who wouldn't stop ringing the bell, so she left the house through the garage, and walked over to the gate, not realizing that we were actually ringing the front door bell! She looked mad as a hornet, I'm assuming that she figured it was kids playing a joke. So when Daniel said "Don't worry, we let ourselves in," Mom got quite a shock!
I'm so glad we were able to go down and visit her, and I was even happier that we thoroughly surprised her! We went that night to a restaurant that was new to all of us, a Belgian bistro, and everyone really enjoyed their meal. Then Sunday morning we got up and went to a local cafe to have coffee and pastries. Mom isn't a big fan of cake, so she celebrated with a yummy sticky bun. Then it was back home to open presents. Mom's local yarn store was having a 50% sale, so I convinced her to take DH and I, and we all left with goodies, at WONDERFUL prices. I got 1 skein of Noro Aya, 2 skeins of Sublime, 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Chunky Cashmerino, and 2 skeins of a Aimee by Louisa Harding for $35. I was SUPER pleased. (The Aimee was Daniel's choice, and I'm not allowed to touch it. It's in this really yummy mint green, and I'm excited to see what he's going to make with it.)
For Mom's birthday I gave her a red pincushion (BBD's Bluebird done in red) that was finished by Vonna, and a squirrel scissor fob with squirrel scissors (from a The Heart's Content kit). I think that she liked them. I know her dog thought that the pincushion was a squeaky toy for him, so she'll have to keep her eye on it! LOL
Also, on Sunday I had Mom do the drawing for my giveaway. She was tickled by all the great comments. I was sad that we had to leave on Sunday, but I was just so happy to be able to spend the day with my Mom. Of course, I'll have to be EXTRA tricky next year. :)