It’s been quite a week here in the zoo! Partly because today is my birthday, and I’ve been celebrating all week long. I often get the birthday blues because I shared my birthday with my grandfather for 27 years. Losing him still stings like a swarm of bees straight to the heart.
My life is chaotic. I spend half my time hoping he’s up there watching me, and the other half praying he didn’t see that… you know the moments- the ones where the house is gross and the kids are grosser, or when I forget to hold my tongue, the days when I accomplish nothing. How many times do I say to myself: “If Softy were here, he’d know what I should do…”? Read the rest of this entry
So last weekend I pulled off the surprise, and I was surprised it went off the way it did! Somewhere around Christmas time my husband started to say “I’m about to turn 40, I can’t believe I’m gonna be 40.” Somehow that gave me a clue that turning 40 was a big deal for him! (Not sure how I figured that out…) So I started toying with the idea of throwing him a party.
I finally settled on a surprise party because he has surprised me many times over the years. Once he snuck in an antique coke machine when I wasn’t looking. Another time he tried to drop hints that the box under the tree was a George Foreman Grill when actually it was a much hoped for laptop. Even when I make him promise not to spend his money on me, he will make sure he knocks my socks off so I wanted to return the favor just once.
I wasn’t sure I could pull together the crowd I did, but when I txtd his best man from our wedding and his favorite cousins, they were all quick to say “I’ll be there!” So in the weeks leading up to the big day, he dropped a hundred hints about wanting a party. I finally convinced him that we couldn’t afford to do one in the middle of birthday season (our family is loaded with back to back birthdays from Jan. 4th until Feb. 17) but that we would have a summer camping trip to celebrate. Read the rest of this entry