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Surprised! And Left Speechless..... 
Oct. 30, 2011 4:49 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 3:11 am
Yesterday I wrote on the Buzz about my daughter hosting her first family/close friend party.  It was to be just a small gathering with a bonfire, marshmallows and roasted hotdogs.  I would say I ended up disappointed - there were no marshmallows or hotdogs.  No bonfire for that matter.  But, I was not disappointed - NOT BY A LONGSHOT.  Oh no - not disappointed at all. Quite the opposite.    We did discover my daughter is a pretty good liar - and can keep a secret.

You see - my children (both of them) managed to pull off the surprise of my life.  They hosted a 30th Anniversary party for myself and my husband!  We did not suspect one thing - not one thing at all.  Not even when we pulled into the drive and recognized two of our good friends' cars!  We commented how nice of her to invite these two couples to her party.  I was still unsuspecting even after we walked in the door and everyone yelled "Surprise!".  Jon was speechless.  I pipe up with "Surprise for what?"    Oh boy - that got some laughs.  

I have to tell the whole story of how this came to be.  About a month ago Kristal (that's my daughter) asked my husband if the clubhouse on the grounds of the "dog club" we belong to would be available for her to have a small Halloween party.  Last week, after I hadn't really heard much more about this party I asked if it was still on.  She assured me it was and she was expecting about 20-25 people.  Me being me, I asked what I could bring and was told she had it under control.  Me being me,  I insisted. So she relented and said I could bring some hotdog buns to help her out.  How many I ask?  She says maybe 2 packs.  Me being me, I inform her 16 hotdogs are not enough if she's having 20-25 people - she should at least have 40, so I would bring 40 buns.  Then, me being me, I just know I can't show up with just buns.  What if she really didn't have it under control.  Folks would be wanting to eat something.  So, I made up 50 mini spider cupcakes.  They were really cute. Though, later I had to say they didn't really go with the true theme of her party. Ha!Ha!  We had a luncheon at work on Friday and one of the girls gave me the rest of the pumpkin dip she had made.  So I could take that along to my daughter's party, too. 

Meanwhile, Steve (my son who is at college) was busy sneaking around behind our backs as well.  About a month ago I popped onto his account at his school to see how he was doing with money on his meal/laundry/copy accounts.  I signed on and in big bold, red letters there is a statement next to his copy account:  "STEPHEN - YOU HAVE EXCEEDED YOUR COPY LIMIT FOR THIS SEMESTER BY $45.05"   Whoa!!!  He's a senior and never, not once, has he ever even come close to using what is allowed!  I found out my son is also a pretty good liar.  As I am gently reprimanding him for this - he says "Well, I had a huge paper due and had to use a lot of color copies."   Oh.  Mom will shut up now - how can I reprimand him for writing huge papers?  Huh.   Now I know he was really printing out really cool invitations for a surprise party. For his mom and dad.

Saturday afternoon we went to my parents house to help unload a u-haul for my brother.  He is moving into a smaller place and is storing some of his "extra" furniture at our parent's house.  Steve had made arrangements to meet us there with a buddy to help carry the heavy stuff.  My brother lives about 3 hours away and had said he'd be there about 1:30-2:00.  My husband was getting antsy when it was 2:30 and he had not yet arrived.  Jon wanted to get down to the clubhouse to help Kristi get stuff ready for the bonfire, etc.  Finally he arrives and the truck is emptied.  Then my dad pipes in how his toilet needs to be fixed and he couldn't do it.  So, uptown they ran and got the parts.  Jon fixed it in record time - 10-15 minutes.  As we get ready to leave Steve says he needs to go to the bathroom.  So we wait.  He comes out and says "The toilet won't flush, Dad."   Off to the bathroom the men all go.  My son thinks pretty fast.  Later we find out he was simply stalling for time.  He went in there and took some part off and dropped it in the tank.  His Dad can fix things pretty fast - it didn't take Jon long to discover the problem and fix it. 

When I comment I have to stop by home to get my spider cupcakes and pumpkin dip. And 40 hot dog buns, Jon is getting even more antsy.  Then, we get home and Steve says, "Dad - that one e-mail you sent me with the attachment...  I couldn't open it.  I'd really like to see it. Please show me."  Since Steve had already said he wasn't coming back home after Kristi's party, but going back to school, Jon sat down to open up the attachment.   Again - just another stalling attempt.

These two kids of mine really pulled off quite a party!  They had a beautiful tiered cake.  Fantastic food!  There was a green bean side dish, parsley potatoes, fettucine alfredo, rolls, and delicious lightly breaded, lemon baked chicken.  And - there was plenty for everyone.  I needn't have worried!  They had trays of munchies strategically placed around the room to form "gathering" places for people to meet up and talk (just like "they" suggest in party-planning books).  They had put together a slide show of pictures going back to our early years together.  A roaring fire in the fireplace.  Twinkle lights wrapped around the beams, giving the whole place a comfy, cheery glow.  Tiny candles on every table, with green table cloths (I learned green is the color for the 30th. The 30th is also the "pearl" anniversary I discovered.)  Mason jars with green sand sitting on round mirrors, surrounded by candles and fall flowers/cattails stuck in each. A green camoflauge (we are very outdoorsy people and Jon hunts) ribbon around each jar.  The whole place was truly beautiful.  My kids did good!  

The party is over - but these memories will last forever.  Heck - I'm still mostly speechless how they pulled this off.  Hmmmm..... If they managed to do this - I'm wondering what did they manage to pull off as teenagers and keep me in the dark about??? 
Oct. 30, 2011 5:03 am
What a sweet surprise! Stop wondering what they did in the past. They will spill the beans when they are ready! Just enjoy the memories of a great anniversary!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:12 am
Sueb - I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it. LOL I'm really proud of those 2 kids. Them planning this for us speaks volumes of their love for us. My siblings and I surprised our parents with a 50th party at this same clubhouse four years ago. It is fun to plan something like this and then see the looks on the guests of honor's faces! My dad said last night it was sweet to be on the other side of that face! I can't wait to see the pictures my brother took.
Oct. 30, 2011 5:18 am
Congrats on 30 years and great kids! I did a surprise birthday for DH a few years ago, he didn't have a clue and was speechless! So glad you had a great time!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:21 am
Thanks Lucky Noodles. Last night truly goes down in the books as one of the best times in my life. Getting married and having my kids top it, but this just goes along with those things, soo.....
Oct. 30, 2011 5:30 am
What a heart warming story, you are certainly blessed with wonderful and clever children. Happy Anniversary!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:32 am
That is so sweet. You have wonderful kids that really care about you. Sounds like you have done a wonderful job with them. Glad you had fun.
Oct. 30, 2011 5:35 am
What a wonderful surprise! Your kids did a fabulous job. You must be in awe of their love and attention. Planning and pulling off a party like that is no small feat. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Oct. 30, 2011 5:40 am
Wyattdogster & iceemama - Thanks for stopping in and for the anniversary wishes. Yes, my kids are the best!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:41 am
Baking Nana - I'm in awe how they managed to do this. And how well they did! I'll certainly just sit back and enjoy Christmas Eve. My daughter is hosting our family Christmas Eve for the first time this year. I think she'll do a fantastic job!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:41 am
That's is wonderful that they planned that party for you. Congratulations to you and your husband on 30 years.
Oct. 30, 2011 5:50 am
What a cool story...congrats!! xoxoxo
Oct. 30, 2011 5:52 am
Occasional Cooker - Thank you! These past 30 years have flown right by! We've crammed a lot of living into those years, though. But we have lots more to do - hoping we get another 30 or 40 years together!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:54 am
Thanks Witchywoman! It was indeed very cool. How everyone kept this a secret from us is amazing as we talked with many of these people at some point in the recent past. One friend who I used to work with and has since retired told me she has avoided me in the last month because she knew she would spill the beans! I'm glad to know that now, I was beginning to think she didn't like me anymore....
Oct. 30, 2011 5:55 am
Aww that is so sweet! Kids are great an make us feel loved!!!
Oct. 30, 2011 5:58 am
smonty48, yes, indeed they do make us feel loved! I can't imagine my life without them in it.
Oct. 30, 2011 6:02 am
Shock and awe! No doubt this brought a tear to your eye and joy to your heart. Well written blog.
Oct. 30, 2011 6:05 am
bd.weld - It did indeed bring a tear or two to my eye which was noticed by many. It takes a lot to get me all choked up!
Oct. 30, 2011 6:05 am
That is a lovely story. You should be very proud of your children, you obviously did a good job. Enjoy and happy anniversary!
Oct. 30, 2011 6:11 am
Maridele, Thank you!
Oct. 30, 2011 6:37 am
Happy Anniversary Mother Ann! What wonderful kids you have. This was such a nice way for me to start off my Sunday with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye!
Oct. 30, 2011 7:05 am
I absolutely LOVE surprises... not done on me but doing them for others! One time my sis had a 30th bday party for me that she planned long distance! She lived in FL. and I was in KY. Imagine the surprise when I walked into to my favorite watering hole and there is my sis, nephew and a room full of friends and family! It was GREAT! Sounds like it was the perfect party! Congrats on the big 30. You must be very proud of your kids!
Oct. 30, 2011 7:05 am
So when is the cookout that will use up the 40 buns?
Oct. 30, 2011 7:05 am
Ah! And AHHHH! And AHHHHHHHHHH! What a lovely gift! You must have done a fantastic mothering job if you raised such thoughtful children. Albeit sneaky LOLOL! Congrats!
Oct. 30, 2011 8:15 am
Maybe in 12 years my kids will surprise me like that -- although I rather doubt it since none of them have much interest in cooking or entertaining (unless you count huddling around a Wii with half a dozen buddies screaming at the screen!). Congrats on 30, and here's to 30 more!
Oct. 30, 2011 8:18 am
Anissa, Thank you! We have talked of little else so far today. I get a smile in my heart and a tear in my eye just thinking about it.
Oct. 30, 2011 8:19 am
Shanon - I'm not usually the one being surprised. It was great though!
Oct. 30, 2011 8:19 am
covergirl - my daughter just texted me to invite us over to her house for dinner - to eat up the leftovers. I offered to bring the hotdog buns... :-)
Oct. 30, 2011 8:20 am
Cat - Thank you! They are truly wonderful. Maybe there's hope they'll take care of me when I'm old and frail. They always "fight" over who would have to do it. LOL
Oct. 30, 2011 8:22 am
MastergrillAZ - there is hope for you. Even just 5 years ago I never would have imagined my kids were capable of such a party! At that point, for my kids, making a pot of Ramen Noodles was a huge feat! Thanks for the well-wishes!
Oct. 30, 2011 10:32 am
Congrats on 30 years together! What great kids you two have raised. You should be very proud of them and the job you two have done. Surprises are wonderful...good surprises that is.
Oct. 30, 2011 10:57 am
Congrats on 30 years and 2 great kids! Stories like this make my day.
Oct. 30, 2011 11:03 am
How perfectly sweet! Congratulations on 30 years!
Oct. 30, 2011 11:46 am
Thanks for all the congrats! We do feel very fortunate to have such good kids. And we still like each other, even more than we did waaayyy back then! ;-)
Oct. 30, 2011 11:46 am
What fun and what a great family! Glad you were surprised and Happy!
Oct. 30, 2011 11:54 am
those are some terrific kids you got! i know they aren't kids anymore...but we still think of them that way don't we? ya raised them right! congratulations on 30 on to many more!
Oct. 30, 2011 12:01 pm
Thanks SueC - it was a blast! Gderr - They're kids, just in adult bodies now is all. My daughter made the comment that they couldn't do anything on our 25th because she was still in college and Steve was in high school which = No Money. Now she's all grown up and working, but Steve is the poor college kid. They did an excellent job!
Oct. 30, 2011 12:56 pm
Congrats on 30 beautiful years and on two very loving Children... It sounds like you all had a wonderful time and I wish you 30 more plus wonderful years together....
Oct. 30, 2011 1:24 pm
That is outstanding! You have done a beautiful thing, raising your children in a way that they love and honor you. Thank you for sharing this great gift. As always, Live, Love, Laugh Scott
Oct. 30, 2011 5:35 pm
Congrats on 30 yrs.!! Good job on 2 beautiful (although sneaky) kids. What a hoot!
Oct. 30, 2011 8:09 pm
That's awesome!!! We did something like that some years back on my mom. Everyone knew, my dad never asked my mom to marry him nor ask my papa for mom's hand in marriage. It was my mom, that asked my dad and told my papa they were getting married. So about 18 years ago. We all planned this prompt wedding for my parents, everything. The dress, the preacher...the whole sha-bang. I did the wedding cake and so forth. It was a totally suprise to fit 60 people into a friends house, with a their preacher and bible in hand. And mom never knew it was coming. And dad walked her in, we said surprise and he finally asked my papa for her hand in marriage and asked HER to marry him. It was great. You have got some awesome kids and congrats for 30 years!!! Hope you to have many many more!!
Oct. 30, 2011 8:15 pm
YOU GO, MA, and lets hope you make 40 and 50! I'm at a loss... 20, 22, have no idea... guess the number has just never been that important, but then, there were no vows, no celebration, simply a "coming together." Be well!
Oct. 31, 2011 3:03 am
Everyone - thank you for stopping in and for all the congrats & well wishes! @mis7up, that had to take some doing! That is awesome! @LLLProductions, I love your "live, love, laugh" - that is how I try to live my days. Life is far too short to do otherwise.
Oct. 31, 2011 6:20 am
lol, great kids, great job mom!
Oct. 31, 2011 6:43 am
What a lovely and loving story-congratulations.
Oct. 31, 2011 6:50 am
Very sweet, Mother Ann! You did a wonderful thing with your children and family in those 30 years!! Happy Anniversary!!
Oct. 31, 2011 8:19 am
Wow that is wonderful. You and your husband are very blessed to have wonderful kids and 30 years together. Congradlautions!
Oct. 31, 2011 8:41 am
What a surprise that must have been. And a very sweet and lovely thing, too. Happy Anniversary. Maybe I should be talking to your son and parents have a 50th coming up in 2 years! : )
Oct. 31, 2011 8:46 am
How fun! Happy anniversary you two.
Oct. 31, 2011 9:11 am
Congratulations mother Ann on 30 years together.. My brothers and i did a similar party for my parents' 30th about 2 years ago.. Except we lived with them at the time and the party was at home.. lol!! good times.. I dont think I have lied as much in my entire life as i did in that 1 month leading upto the party.. we had a pretty tiered cake professionally done and I made all the food myself.. Fortunately my little brother had exams the week before so mum was busy coaching him ( he was indeed a bit more difficult during that particular exam just to have mum with him longer) :D Love the memories.. I'm sure u and ur kids will hold very fondly onto these memories for the rest of ur lives..
Oct. 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Wow, sounds like a wonderful party! Congrats on your 30th anniversary and for raising such wonderful and thoughtful children.
Oct. 31, 2011 12:18 pm
What incredibly awesome kids you have!! The memories of that party will last you the rest of your lives :) Congratulations on 30 years of marriage...and here's to many more years to come!
Oct. 31, 2011 1:01 pm
wisweetp - I had no idea my daughter could lie so well! :-) I also had no idea she could plan such a party! My son - I figured he could "pull the wool over our eyes" but not help plan such a wonderful evening! They might be talked into helping you... LOL
Oct. 31, 2011 1:02 pm
Cuppycake, about 4 years ago I was on the "lying" end of a surprise 50th for my parents. It was a lot of fun. Makes for good memories!
Oct. 31, 2011 2:45 pm
Mother Ann, I always enjoy your writings and this is just the sweetest story. Sounds like you and your husband have raised some outstanding children. May God bless you both with many more happy and healthy years of married bliss!
Oct. 31, 2011 3:34 pm
Thank you Shearone! :)
Oct. 31, 2011 7:11 pm
What fun! Happy anniversary to you both!
Oct. 31, 2011 7:57 pm
Great story! Happy Anniversary to you and many, many more!
Oct. 31, 2011 8:04 pm
What great kids! Congrats on reaching 30 wonderful years together. Hope you have many more to come. I always enjoy your stories.
Oct. 31, 2011 10:45 pm
That is so wonderful!!You have raised some pretty awesome kids.
Nov. 1, 2011 5:39 am
Good for you! Sounds like more than just the roaster was passed onto your children:) What a great surprise, your DD sounds like she is well on her way to be a great hostess, and your son will make the perfect husband-he can think quickly and stall:)
Nov. 1, 2011 5:42 am
BTW, I had to chuckle at the cammo ribbons:D and see what happens when moms try to help, they are left holding their buns in their hands, ie. their arse handed to them on a rusty platter:P
Nov. 1, 2011 6:51 am
Much smiles to read your blog and your many smiles. Only 3 or 4 or 10 or more teardrops. Joy!
Nov. 1, 2011 7:14 am
RNG - I love your use of words! Yup - I certainly had my arse on a rusty platter!! LOL We've often said my son will make a perfect husband... He always says I just need to get up earlier to get ahead of him. The cammo ribbons came about after my daughter saw the invitations my son had designed - they were cammo with our wedding pic on them and said "Still hitched" and he had some comics on the inside about marriage, etc. My daughter had been thinking a little more classy - but really.... the way they went is much more "us". :D Besides - cammo ribbon - classy enough for me!
Nov. 1, 2011 7:17 am
Hey Mother Ann, I'm late to the party as usual. Happy Belated Anniversary to you and hubby!!! The party sounded spectacular, you are very blessed with a great kids, but it does make ya wonder what they got away with when they were teenagers???? LOL ; ) I pray my kids don't get into half as much mischief as I did or I'm in trouble. Take care and " Way to go kiddos"!
Nov. 1, 2011 7:23 am
dragonfly22 - I wonder the very same thing. Sometimes ignorance is bliss! LOL It was a spectacular evening.
Nov. 1, 2011 9:21 am
What a special day! Your kids are awesome and love you two very much :) I'm glad you had an amazing 30th anniversary and some wonderful memories!
Nov. 1, 2011 11:09 am
Wonderful .... I am so glad you have such caring children !! On the 'surprise party' front - I have managed one for my husband for his 30th, 40th, and 50th!!! He just didn't notice extra food in the freezer etc !!! Now .. he is coming up 60 in December, and I hope I can pull it off again !!! lol!!! Much love to you .. and here's to another 30 Happy years at least !!! Parabéns from Portugal!
Nov. 1, 2011 1:42 pm
What a warm, wonderful blog! Congrats on having terrific kids, wonderful friends, a close family and your 30th anniversary.
Nov. 1, 2011 2:47 pm
Amusing to muse about what they did as kids. My son, along with his best friends, used to jump from our roof onto our low-lying, springy and thrilling landing pad of cypress. Of course, he was about 11 at the time. He revealed that about two years ago. Even at thirty years old he couldn't avoid my spatula which lovingly connected to his fleeing butt! Luckily Dad didn't connect.
Nov. 1, 2011 7:24 pm
What a great story! And wonderful kids you have!
Nov. 1, 2011 11:55 pm
Amazing! Wow, such nice "kids", how sweet of them to do that. Sounds like they are a chip off the old block!
Nov. 2, 2011 3:07 am
SusanJ good luck with another surprise for your hubby! @bontwobon: that sounds like something my son and his friends would have enjoyed! He did so many "crazy""wild" things as a kid that I quickly learned to just "chill" about stuff - I would have had a miserable life the past 2 decades if I hadn't relaxed. My daughter has confessed that the reason she didn't talk to me about the "Halloween Party" was because she knew she couldn't lie to me like she could to her dad. LOL!
Nov. 2, 2011 7:55 am
First of all CONGRATULATIONS ~ what an amazing surprise. I do totally remember reading your comment on the buzz the other day. I have just one question, what ever happened to all the buns!! Great blog, loved reading it all... Do you have any photos to share?
Nov. 2, 2011 8:39 am
apple.strudel - The buns are all in my freezer! LOL Guess I'll have a "late harvest weinie roast" or something.... I have no pics yet. My brother was the photographer and he is promising me cd's with all the pictures. I can't wait to see the surprised look on our faces.
Nov. 3, 2011 8:21 am
Congratulations on 30 years. We are going to hit 35 next year, my boys would never get a surprise party pulled off, I may have to have one for myself LOL!
Nov. 3, 2011 11:37 am
That is absolutely delicious! They sure gave you a heaping dish of love ;)
Nov. 3, 2011 5:10 pm
sassyoldlady - I never dreamed my kids could "pull one over on me" but boy did they ever!
Nov. 3, 2011 9:03 pm
Congratulations! 30 years with the same husband, 2 super thoughtful, loving kids, good health, can't get much better! Here's to your having a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Nov. 3, 2011 10:11 pm
What wonderful kids!
Nov. 4, 2011 7:42 am
What a beautiful and wonderful surprise! You have raised some extremely thoughtful children. This story made my heart happy.
Nov. 5, 2011 6:21 pm
That is so sweet! Congratulations on your anniversary!
Nov. 7, 2011 2:28 pm
Sorry to be so late, Mother Ann. I've been sidetracked. Congratulations for you and Jon on your 30th! And compliments to your children for their skill at decieving their mom. That's a difficult thing to accomplish.
Nov. 8, 2011 3:11 am
Mike, better late than never, I always say! Thank you for your congrats. My children had an excellent teacher in deceit, actually about 8 of us (my siblings and our spouses did the same thing to our parents on their 50th four years ago; my kids obviously took notes)
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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