The weekend of Mother's Day 2009 was definitely one (fun and) overbooked weekend.
Planning for this weekend was started a couple months back, when we thought there were only the Youth Retreat to go to. We were part of the Youth Group for a long time, and even though we are past university age, we still would like to support their program. The place for the retreat was 3 hours away
No problem, it was only from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Plenty of time to sleep off the tiredness, and be fresh for Monday morning works. So we signed up without second thoughts.
Then my mom came and decided to stay until just after Mother's Day. Which meant that her flight was leaving on early hours of the Monday after. Which meant that we needed to get her to the airport around Sunday midnight.
Okay, going to the Retreat would mean leaving my mom without us for the whole weekend. But then my mom encouraged us to go. Yuli wasn't planning on going anyway, so she would be okay.
As for us, it would be a bit tiring to go to the airport after the long drive home from the Retreat. But it was not a bit problem for us. Our second plan for the weekend was booked.
When Vina emailed and said that she was having her wedding on Mother's Day, we knew our planning skill was put to a test. We would be 3 hours away from the city on Sunday morning. With her ceremony starting at 2 pm and her reception at 6.30 pm, we had just enough time to catch our breath before continuing on with the next part of the day. But we love Vina and would not miss her wedding for the world.
After shuffling things around, we figured out that the only thing we could do to attend everything, was to leave the camp at 10 am, which would take us to the chapel in downtown in time for the ceremony, then rushing to church Sunday service at 4 in Burnaby (just in time to get those kids ready to sing for Mother's Day), and drive back to the reception area at 6.30 pm. Then we would drive to the airport straight from the reception. Yuli and mom would bring the luggage when they left the house Sunday morning.
That was exactly what we did.
I am so glad that we attended everything we promised to, and all events were kinda fun (except the part where my mom had to leave us). It's been a while since I jam-packed so much activities in so little time.
It was an overbooked weekend, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Those times were too precious to miss.
Btw, reports on each of the event won't be here. I will post it on Chris's blog once he uploads all the photos necessary.