Sunday, March 28, 2010

surprise!

Saturday started out like any normal day around here. And by normal, I mean jam packed. Like I had mentioned a few times this week, we had a house full of guests and now I can finally reveal why. On Saturday night, I threw J a surprise 30th birthday party. And he was totally shocked (somehow, we got zero pictures of it - bummer!)


I had been planning this party since last April. I hid half of my paycheck every week to save up for it and his gift (a trip for the two of us to Key West). It was a HUGE deal. Usually, when I want to buy something for J, I have to use our joint account or credit card. But not this time. This was going to be 100 percent from me.


The hardest part was covering it all up. Not only did I have to find a way to explain my smaller paychecks, I had to make an excuse for our out of town guests that he was going to buy. So, we had the girls blessed (baptised, christened, dedicated ... whatever you want to call it). Here are some pictures from the ceremony.


It was simple, but amazingly, it worked. He didn't question a thing. I will say, however, that planning and putting on two parties in the same day wasn't the best idea. It kind of stressed me out.


Thankfully, I did get a little stress relief in the form of a run with my bestie from college. H and her hubby joined us for the celebration and the two of us snuck out for 5+ miles before the festivities. Here we are pre-run.




It was so nice to have some alone time to catch up. The miles flew by. It really made we wish that we lived closer to each other. Luckily, I convinced her (without a real struggle) to come down this summer and race in the Sprint Triathlon I'm registered for (she's going to kick my butt. She's a former competitive swimmer and avid cyclist). Maybe I should start training now ...

22 comments:

Sarah said...

What a great weekend! That is awesome that you pulled it off and that he wa surprised!!!

Christine Jensen said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Glad it all went well and that you could enjoy a good run with a friend.

Momma Twitch said...

FUN! What a great wife. :) I wish I could pull of a surprise birthday party for J...it's impossible. He asks why for EVERYTHING! lol I'm glad your weekend went great. :)

Melissa said...

How awesome. I am so bad at surprises, I would have totally given it away. :)

Emily said...

What a great wife! I love it! I'm glad his gift is a gift for you too~

ajh said...

Sounds like a fun time. I went to a 40th surprise party.
Your girls look very sweet as always. And the Vermont version of you just had on "your" socks!

runninaround said...

you're not in running clothes! This is different! But sounds like an awesome weekend! Congrats on the girls dedication/baptism/blessing and the birthday, AND the run! Awesome weekend girl!

Cynthia O'H said...

You are crafty. Nice work in pulling it all together - and with a run too!

Marlene said...

Oh wow, good for you! Way to go pulling it off.

My hubs is turning 30 next year... hmmm, I'll need to note some of your ideas!

Anne said...

Sounds amazing!!

Courtney said...

What an awesome gift!! Whens the big trip?

akjenniekt said...

That is the coolest thing!! I bet he was so surprised- what a great way to celebrate the big 30!

Kerrie T. said...

Wow! So cool. I would never be able to pull something like that off.

daily mom said...

that is so awesome! i bet there was alot of fun!

Running Diva Mom said...

great job -- you really ARE a superhero!!!!

Shannon said...

What a creative and sweet thing to do! He must have been so surprised! Congrats on pulling it all off! You deserve to go to Key West after all that hard work!

kilax said...

How cool! I cannot believe you planned two parties! He must have LOVED it! I always hope that someday someone will throw a surprise party for me. I have done them for both parents on their 50th birthdays and they are so fun! (We always seem to be lacking in photos too though).

When do you go to Key West?

Erin G said...

How awesome that you were able to pull off both parties and keep your hubby's suprise party secret. You still managed to get a run in, with all the craziness too, which is amazing ot me!

fitandfortysomething said...

well it looks like the planning paid off :)
how great!

Katie A. said...

Awww! You are amazing! I was wondering what the pics were of on FB, I thought maybe you had the house blessed! Ha! Congrats on pulling it all off!

RunKathyRun said...

Congrats on keeping the surprise; that is hard to do!

Heidi said...

i love it!!! i wish we lived closer too! but when i have a real job and 3 day weekends ever other week i can visit more!!!!