Last week we celebrated Jon's birthday. As the designer of the birthday celebration, I can tell you that it wasn't what I'd pictured Jon's birthday to be like, but it certainly was memorable. Several obstacles tried to derail the celebration--no oven (to bake his birthday pie), limited access to presents (what to give someone when you're living in a hotel?), limited time to celebrate on the day (he gets home from work around 5 and the girls go to bed at 7), etc.
So Kate had the idea to do a surprise party. I was able to procure decorations and a few fun surprises for Jon, and we told him he needed to call us and let us know when he'd be getting home from work that day. He knew something was up (obviously!) but I think he enjoyed the suspense.
After naps, we got to work. Here are the girls helping me blow up balloons and decorate.
We hid in the girls' room and Kate wanted to shut the door and turn off the lights and hide behind E's crib--I thought Daddy would never find us! But he did and we had a great time surprising him when he did open the door and turn on the lights. Ellie wasn't a fan of the hats, so she dissected hers.
If you know Jon, you know on his birthday he gets his own homemade cherry pie. As previously mentioned, this presented a problem as we don't have an oven in the hotel. So I improvised with a mix of cherry desserts: Jello No-Bake Cheesecake (which reminded me of you, Shari!:)), a pre-made tart w/ German cherries (I had to look up the word for cherry and scour the market), a chocolate cherry roll, and last but not least, cherry toaster strudel (not pictured). Here is the birthday boy about to dig in.
Kate showing off her excited-for-dessert face.
Of course, when you're the parents of a preschooler and a toddler, there's never a lack of people wanting to help you open your presents.
The birthday boy and Ellie (wearing the hat for .7 seconds)
Happy Birthday, honey! I love you so much and am incredibly thankful that we are on this adventure together. You are the best.