Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, and ... screw that.
Today we told the kids we needed to go into town and run errands. It was almost 2:00 pm. We had not yet eaten lunch. We pulled into one of my favorite local restaurants.
Michael: "Okay, this is our special Mother's Day lunch with Mom!"
BOOM! Outside of some incessant chatter, I had a lovely meal in a quiet and slightly empty restaurant. Plenty of attention from the waiter. Cut out the pre-game ruin-Mother's-Day stuff which would have happened today and in the morning.
Me: "Guys, thank you sooo much. This was great. Happy Mother's Day to me!"
Done, and done.