Each Mother's Day, all of the male figures in the family put on a Mother's Day dinner where the women (18 and older mothers or not) eat in the dining room without the interruption of tiny feet. This may sound odd since it is motherhood we are celebrating but oh, how we love it! While we sit in the dining room enjoying each other's company, the boys/men sit and eat with the kids. Our only interruption comes from our servers whose only wish is to make our meal delightful.
Each year we pick the menu and so far we haven't deviated. On hand we had fillet mignon, baked potatoes, a green salad with spinach, goat cheese, toasted almonds, and craisins, topped with a raspberry vinaigrette. Talk about good stuff! For dessert we had a build your own ice cream sunday buffet with tons of toppings. We actually had to get out of our seats to make our own dessert, but it was worth it.
Twice a year we get to actually speak with our missionaries, Christmas and Mother's Day. It brings a whole new meaning to Mother's Day! This is our third actual conversation with Elder Tipton since he's been gone but our first Skype session. I must say, I much prefer to Skype! It was amazing and awesome to see him! A small group of us gathered to see, hear and talk to Elder Tipton. We were allotted 45 minutes from his mission president and got pretty close....we talked about 50 minutes or so.
Cole and his companion were using Skype at the church in Hiroshima and during our conversation, a member cam in and spoke to Rick (in Japanese) telling him how wonderful Cole and his companion are and how much they love them and don't want them to leave. After her conversation Cole agreed that Hiroshima is his favorite place and people so far!