So, here’s how to totally surprise a girl who’s kind of expecting a surprise -
Basically what happened is I got my requested steak for my birthday. And Ricardo told me to be patient. That it would be chaos, but be patient first. So, I ate my delicious steak, and reveled in all the phone calls I got all day. I got to talk to some friends for a ridiculously long time. A mom luxury at it’s finest.
As I was talking to Yallison, I tried not to convince myself that she was secretly plotting and on her way to see me and surprise me. The longer she was talking to me on speaker phone in her car, the harder it was to not just know in my heart she was road tripping it from Michigan to see me. At one point she even got the kids to say hi and sing Happy Birthday. Wow, get your kids to lie like that. Jeez. That’s pretty low. So I ate the steak and waited.
Yallison never showed up.
And then I got ambushed by my precious pals who live here in town. They just drove up in a caravan, and laid on their horns. It’s what affectionately is known as the Birthday Ambush among our group. They jumped out of their cars and pulled out what appeared to be a party on wheels: beer, ginger beer for me, a meat and cheese tray, chips and dip, and of course CAKE. What a fun surprise! I had a ball. They got me good.
Nothing says I love you like a homemade cake.
It was a perfect celebration. 40, done. Cake and hanging out with my close pals. Perfect.
And then, I’m just sitting there, two days in to being 40 years old, working. When I look up to see a foreign car pull into my driveway. Yallison’s son in the passenger seat. Yallison got me. She got me good!
I was blown away. And so happy to see my Yallison. It’s been way too long, and way too much shit has gone on in our lives since we’ve last seen each other. We share an intense history of emotions and friendship. We’ve been through extreme highs and lows together.
This is what happens when you surprise me. You have to hug me super tight and long and I haven’t showered yet. It’s your own fault.
On the docket for this particular evening is a wedding. So, we found a dress for Yallison, I got showered and we are now officially wedding crashers. (Sort of) This is our historical pose. It’s our thing. 15 or 40 – we do the pose. Always.
Getting our kids together is always fun. Yallison and I had a blast playing Monopoly with our kids. Her son, Zach crushed us all. I can’t remember a time int he history of Monopoly that someone had both Park Place AND Boardwalk with four houses on each so quickly! “That’ll be $1,700 in rent please,” Zach said. I handed him all of my money and properties and left the game to eat some cake. Win-Win.
Yallison visiting me in jail. Awwwww!
The next day, JulzHOLLA – who also conspired with Yallison and Ricardo to get Yallison here – had us over for dinner. But first, whenever we get together, we have a photo session. Take note of my attire. I’m always cold at JulzhHOLLA’s house, so I grabbed my jeans and a 3/4″ sleeved tshirt. The outfit itself is probably 10 years old. But I didn’t want to wear my new adorable summer clothes I’d just gotten for my birthday, because I’d be cold and whiney about it. So I put on my old stupid clothes. The necklace fancied it up a bit, though, don’t you think? My moms made me the necklace and earrings for my birthday!
We get to JulzHOLLA!’s and she immediately asks me to go get something from Craig down in the basement. And then this happened:
SURPRISE! About 50 of my friends were in JulzHOLLA’s basement for a party for me. (I’m holding a bag of mint in my hand that I was so excited to bring to Sven so he could use his new muddle.)
Even Julie surprised me with this stunning cake! I was over at her house just a few days ago, and never suspected a thing! It was a stunning Strawberry Lemonade Cake – with Princess Bride quotes on it. For the record, if you don’t know Princess Bride, and a 40th Birthday Cake is delivered that says, “Prepare to die” it gets a little weird. But we’ll explain it to you. It also said, “As You Wish” and “INCONCEIVABLE!” As it should have.
It was such a stunning and delightful surprise to see everyone there, from all facets of my life – all the crazy gruntwork of party planning totally taken out of my hands. It was overwhelming to know how busy JulzHOLLA and Yallison and Ricardo and Sven are and must have sacrificed time and effort to pull this off. Most of my friends there have a lot going on, but stopped to honor me. It was seriously noted and overwhelming with inspiration.
The Conspirators had a little TOO much fun doing all this.
So, was I surprised? Yes. Can you believe it!? So, how did they do it? Well, each day was a surprise. So, every surprise I got, I was so pleased with, I thought, “This is so great!” And it was totally enough. Then I’d get ambushed by another treat. Surprises in layers, if you will.
Truth be told, I couldn’t have done it better myself. Which is why I’m so glad I’m not a control freak. Except now, everyday I wake up, I’m peeking around the corner to see what the next surprise is. Which is really how we should live every day. So, thank you for that friends and universe!
Song of the Day: Love this video. Watch it – you’ll see.