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???