Last Saturday, both of us parents were stepping outside of our usual family roles. Funny enough, we both did really well and we both liked what we were doing!
This stay-at-home mom has been volunteering at our son’s school since about December working on their gala fundraising event. Over the past few months, we’ve met and discussed the menu for the seated dinner, how to sell almost 300 tickets, solicit and package items for both a silent and live auction, music choices, centerpieces, text for the printed program book, and more. As usual, no matter how much planning is done, there are many, many hours that are spent during the week leading up to the event dealing with the final stages of auction packages, printing, seating, and room layout. Tuesday through Thursday of last week, I didn’t get home from school meetings until well after 10:30 each night. On Friday, we spent the afternoon loading cars full of all the things that we’d need for the gala and transporting them to the event space. That night, we finished the centerpieces and got the auction items as complete as we could. At noon on Saturday, we were back at the event space rearranging tables so that our many, many silent auction items would fit in the space, selling additional tickets, rearranging table assignments, and whatever other last minute tasks remained. By 4:00 on Saturday, we headed home to change into our gala attire only to return by 5:00 ready to make the event a success. A huge success it was! We were on our feet until 12:30 on Sunday morning chatting with the guests, dancing, assisting with the auctions, and cleaning up. We were all dog-tired! Needless to say, I was more than sluggish on Sunday and definitely took a few naps during the day.
While I was tapping into my volunteer spirit, Sean played a bigger role keeping the family on task, fed, and entertained. I knew that Saturday was going to be “daddy / Colin shrimp dinner date night” as that is always the dish of choice when I’m not at home to eat dinner with them. What I wasn’t prepared for, was what I saw when I walked into the house at 4:00 to shower and get myself dressed and ready for the gala. I walked into the kitchen and was greeted by Colin with his face painted as Captain America. As if I wasn’t surprised enough by that, Sean then entered the kitchen with his face painted as Spiderman! I had no idea that he could create such intricate designs with paint. (I’m not sure he knew he could do it either.) Little did I know that Colin had started the day as The Joker from Batman. It didn’t stop there. On Sunday, Colin’s face was painted as Superman and Sean was The Incredible Hulk. Needless to say, Colin wanted his face painted again on Monday, but I don’t think school allows you to attend in full face paint. I have a feeling that he’ll be asking for a new superhero face one weekend again soon!