Now, about the title of this post. I wanted to share with y'all how we spent Valentine's Day. Agustin had to work of course. He's in the restaurant business, so Valentine's Day is one of their busiest days of the year. They served more than twice their normal number for supper on February 14th. The day before V-Day, he brought me a dozen beautiful red roses and a sweet card. He also brought a card home for Shane with some chocolates.
Seeing as how Agustin and I weren't going to be able to be together on Thursday, Shane and I concocted a plan for my parents. Wednesday night, driving home from church, I asked Shane if he would like to play HOST and invite Grandma and Grandpa over for a special dinner. We would set everything up as if they were in a classy restaurant. Any of you who know my Shane, know that this role playing and "putting on the dog" is right up his alley! I just about died of laughter when, after I shared my plan with him, he looked over at me from the passenger seat of the car and said, "Yeah I'd like to do that. Besides, Grandpa does need a little help in the romance department!" I swear, that kid is a hoot!
I got on the phone with my dad and told him to respond as though I were asking some questions about the book of Acts and the Apostle Paul. I didn't want mom to get any hints! I ran our plan by him and he agreed he did need some help for Valentine's evening!
The day was one of the most fun days I've had in a long time. Shane and I worked hard all day decorating hand made place mats, prepping food, pulling out the china and special dishes, decorating our back patio by the lake. We strung lights, etc. We chose some very special music to set a romantic mood. Shane made a sign for the front door which read, "Welcome to "La Casa De Rios Restaurant". Oh, and he also asked if I would type up a bill. I'll enclose a photo of it below.
Upon entering, mom and dad saw another sign which read, "Please wait to be Seated". Shane then led them into the front living room, which he called the Lounge. He asked if they would like a before dinner beverage, then served them Diet Coke in my finest goblets! I hid in the kitchen, preparing their appetizers of fresh croissants and fresh butter! Shane kept coming in to me to check for the next step. He then served their appetizers with flair! We tried not to hurry any step of the evening. Mom and Dad were giggling and having a blast! Mom was most pleasantly surprised! Dad had told her a little fib to get her out to our house. He told her that since Agustin had to work late, they were coming to pick Shane and I up to take us to try a new restaurant! Of course when Mom arrived and saw the sign Shane had made for our front door, she realized the surprise was for her!
Moving on now! Shane then asked them if they would mind having their dinner on the patio. He told them the restaurant was really crowded due to it being Valentine's Day. They agreed the patio would be lovely. He led them out the front door and around the side yard to the patio, which I had set with fine china and silver and my vase of red roses. The sun was setting and I had turned on the lights to create that certain ambiance they needed! Then I ran in and hid again. Shane seated them then came in and took out more fresh bread served in a basket. Then he took our ice bucket, which I had filled with ice and bottled water. Shane draped a white napkin over his arm and went out. I eavesdropped behind the patio door blinds. He asked them, "May I interest you in a bottle of our finest water?" They played right along. He poured their water, then came back in and began carrying out the entrees. I had baked chicken and dressing with gravy. I served grilled asparagus on top of the chicken. Then for sides, I served corn and mixed veggies. (broccoli, red peppers, etc.) Shane also bussed their table and served their desserts. I would prepare all the plates, etc. and he would carry it all out to them. That little booger worked hard! For dessert I dished yogurt into a goblet, topped it with fresh cantaloupe, a spoonful of Cool Whip and sprinkled some walnuts on top. I made coffee for them. Shane asked if they would like to sit a spell and sip their coffee while watching the sun go down over the lake. We had some Christian love songs by Steve and Annie Chapman playing outside also. Finally, Shane suggested they move to the "theatre" to view the night's movie. When they came in, I finally greeted them for the first time that evening. I had stayed hidden to help maintain the ambiance of a fine restaurant. I mean, they couldn't be allowed to see "the help" sweating and running around cooking up a storm now could they???
We watched a sweet movie called, "The Game Plan", which stars Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. "THE ROCK". He lived in the Tampa area for awhile when he was younger. We have friends who were his neighbors for many years and he still keeps in touch with them often. They say fame hasn't gone to his head! That's always nice to hear!
It was a splendid night and oh so much fun. Mom and Dad were the happiest I've seen them in awhile and just couldn't say enough good things about their evening. I was told that they couldn't get Shane to come out of character at all. He wasn't Shane at all but a wonderful mature host!
Shane and I had a good discussion about serving others. Having someone over made our night wonderful! We could have sat home and done nothing. I could have moped around missing my hubby on that special evening, but I'm glad we chose to do the better thing. It was a great learning experience for Shane. He learned through playing! I was so proud of him.
Now enjoy some photos from the evening! As always, you may click to enlarge any photo!
Shane "patiently" awaiting the arrival of his customers!
Enjoying appetizers in the Lounge!
Place mat made by Shane!
Dinner is served!
These two are known for "making the bear growl"! (Shane always growls like a bear when his grandpa hugs him.)
Close up of dessert!
The best tip ever (Notice what Shane is holding in his hands!)
Shane's list of Reservations!
Sign at Entrance!
Mom was wearing this aged pin on her lapel. She bought it back when she and dad started dating. She was 16 years old at the time. The background is supposed to be white, but you can tell it has yellowed over the years.
Roses from my honey!