Monday, January 30, 2012

dave's birthday surprise: #1

i have been bursting with excitement for dave's 30th birthday (much more than he has ;) he set the bar pretty high last year for my 30th birthday and so i have been thinking and planning for the past year (although let's be honest, i did a lot of thinking throughout the year but the planning/action happened at the last minute. i am such a procrastinator). he's not really a party type of guy, so i had to get creative (although he suspected i was throwing him a party. he knew i had sent out some type of email to at least his family). and if i do say so myself, i did good! i tried really hard not to act too over the top excited though. i didn't want him to get suspicious. almost a year ago (last february) i saw this idea on a blog and decided i wanted to make a birthday photo wall from friends and family. so i hacked his facebook and email accounts and sent out a mass email asking for help. so many people really came through and i loved that dave got birthday greetings from near and far. 
dave had to be leave for work at 6:30 am and so not much happened before work. i did run to burger king while he was in the shower and surprised him with breakfast. i know, i'm amazing ;) he took a half day and i had the photo collage up when he got home. we greeted him at the door with party blowers and logan gave him the birthday card he colored. 
here's a side story about the birthday card. logan colored it a couple of days before dave's birthday and got really into it. i was obviously busy doing something else because when i came to check on him this is what i found:
he even had it in his ear! that night when dave got home logan excitedly told him that he had colored his birthday card! so much for surprises (not that logan's body art wouldn't have tipped dave off that some sort of project was in the works!). then dave noticed the photo wall!
it was a hit! i loved seeing his reaction and we enjoyed having it up for a few days. i gave him a photo album to keep the pictures in, along with some notes and memories some of the people had sent along with their photo. 
a few close up shots of the collage. i loved how creative people were.
little did dave know this was just the first of 2 surprises...


Jenn said...

I love it Steph!!! You really do light up DJs day and I love how you spoil that boy!!! What a fabulous birthday you surprised him with. YAY. Loved all the photos. Jenn h

Amy said...

Awesome idea! It sounds like you pulled it of perfectly! Cool you two get to have a little get away to Vegas.

Carla said...

So cute Steph! Way to go! Excited to read about Vegas.