So this time I am going to tell you how I celebrated...
A couple of months before the big day, Hubby started to think about what he was going to do. He knew I wanted a big celebration. So many people mean so much to me, and I love a really good party! Naturally, I wanted everyone I knew to come and celebrate with me. Good food, good music, games, fellowship, and cake!!!!!
First, let me say. I love my dear Hubby immensely. He is brilliant, handsome, handy and enriches my life just by being around.
HOWEVER...keeping secrets is not a task he is particularly good at. Being stealthy in my house is already a challenge, because like it or not, want to or not, I have a tendency to find out surprises.
In an attempt to make my birthday celebration spectacular, he made a rookie mistake. TOLD OUR DAUGHTER!!!! HAHA
My hubby can keep some secrets. He isn't a blabbermouth, but we tell each other everything, so it is hard for either of us to not spill the beans about a fun surprise. My daughter on the other hand, well...she is less refined in the ninja skills of surprises. She's pretty, but she gets too excited about the impending surprise that she spills the beans too early.
This is precisely what happened. Hubby told the daughter, the daughter told me. She didn't run right out and say it, but in a momentary lapse of judgment over something unrelated, she informed me of a party that was going to take place.
Hindsight, Hubby could have chosen to confide in many of our close friends for help, but he decided to hire within.
Well as soon as daughter told me, she knew she had revealed far too much and promptly pleaded with me not to tell Hubby. Well, what was I to do....hmm...
I waited until after she went to bed. I mentioned to Hubby the gig was up, but that I didn't want to know details, I just thought he should know there was a mole within the company.
He was actually relieved! He asked me to help with the menu, of which I obliged but that I refuse to have any further involvement. At that time, we also agreed to not tell the daughter that Hubby knew.
It was quite fun to "feed" her information, knowing she would go back to base and discuss with her commander. Hubby and I would then discuss what information she got and refine it. She had NO IDEA that he knew I knew.
Of course, I had to help a little with more than food. I had to give the guest list, or "leave my computer available for spying on" so that daughter could get access to info. Hubby was going to spread the word by playing telephone, which I discouraged. It needed to be an actual invite, online or otherwise.
I would go grocery shopping and bring home this or that for the party. Hubby and I would wink at each other behind daughter's back.
I did keep it to that. He worked on projects that I had no ideas on. I didn't want to know who would come or who declined.
The party was at a different location, so we had to devise a good story for why Hubby left me on my birthday, then what excuse I would need to be at the location by a certain time. Frankly, this would have been the best time to enlist a friend to aid in the surprise, but it was too late at this point. So I made a list of things I would treat myself to that morning until I was supposed to be at the party.
The day before I made all the food. Since only Hubby and Daughter knew that I knew, I had to make the menu look like Hubby did and not me. (Our culinary skills are VASTLY different!). I gave him the list of things he still needed to prep day of.
I had planned to do lots of things but ended up spending most of the morning on the phone. The longest was with my son. We talked about the spider web of deceit going on in our house leading up to the party.
Finally, I was able to get ready and leave the house. I wanted a new shirt, cash my birthday coffee reward, get a new pair of earrings then mosey on over to the party to be surprised.
I was a few minutes early so I had to text Hubby if it was ok to go. When I got the thumbs up, I went to the house.
I saw a couple of friends walking up first. Once I parked the car and got out, I was SURPRISED!!!!
My son came running toward me! All the time we were on the phone he was driving to the party. I didn't expect to see him since he lives 5 hours away. I was shocked!!! He knew that there are a couple people in our house that can't keep secrets so they didn't even know he was coming!!! That was such a wonderful surprise!
I made my way to the deck and there were friends and family waiting for me. Even if I knew it was going to happen, my heart was overwhelmed to have so many precious people share this amazing occasion with me!
We had a great time! Delicious food, great conversations, we even play with the games Hubby made. He had Yardtzee there and Ladderball. Both games were a big hit and we took them to other parties that same weekend.
When my daughter got home, (she went on a weekend away with one of her "big sisters" and wasn't at the party), we told her all that took place. The look on her face was enough.
Happy Birthday to me! A wonderful day! Now bring on the grey hair!
Thank you to everyone who made my celebration so memorable. Love you.
The rest of this month will be as busy as this summer has been with my baby brother getting married. That will be fun! I will tell you about it when we get back from that weekend.