Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Yesterday my "babies daddy" (as my friend Heather called him) turned 32. Yes, I married a younger man. But since my sister thought he was 32 when we first started dating seven years ago, he's really 39. So to celebrate his last year before turning the big 4-0, we had a few tricks up our sleeve.

A couple of months ago, Jamie's Mom (Becky) and Aunt Wendy told me they were coming to Illinois for a wedding. It turns out that they were going to be flying in on Jamie's actual birthday and wanted to surprise him. I thought this would be a great time to have a surprise party since he hasn't had one since he was 10. So the planning began...

Through the fabulousness that is Evite (and the fact that we don't share an email address) we were able to invite some friends and family to Alexanders (Jamie's favorite restaurant) to surprise him. Let me back up...

We have two couples that we are very good friends with - The Divelys and The Welchs. For each of our birthdays, we get together for dinner, and the birthday boy/girl gets to choose where. Kelly and I always choose The Ribeye, Greg and Mason mix it up, and Meagan (whose birthday is also in September) and Jamie always choose Alexanders. So, it was easy to get him there since he thought we were just having the typical birthday dinner with "the gang".

Surprisingly enough (pun intended), he was in fact surprised! But the biggest excitement of the evening was seeing Jamie's face when he saw his Mom and his Aunt. What a smile!!! Anyway, here are some pictures of the event. A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make the evening so special... and a big thank you to Meagan who didn't really get her b-day celebration this year! We'll make it up to you next year, I promise!

The youngest party goer... Baby Zach (Welch) and Mason - it was a very important conversation:

Jamie's second cousin, Aubrey (just two weeks younger than Nathan!):

Sean's friends Brock and Jillian (making their "silly" faces):

My cousin Justin (Jamie's boyfriend) and his should-be-fiance-if-he'd-just-pop-the-question Emily (isn't she so cute?!?):

Jamie's Mom (left), Aunt Wendy (holding Sean) and Mr. Sean himself:

And last but not least, my sweet, tuckered out little man!


Heather, TJ, Brock, and Jillian said...

We had the best time at the party!!! Everything turned out great! And YUM, YUM, YUM!