Christopher and I celebrate birthday’s exactly one week apart, so often times our celebrating happens together.
This year, I was excitedly preparing to go out to dinner with my sweetheart, when I get a phone call from my sweetheart saying, ‘don’t freak out, just go read your email, and remember don’t freak out.’ (He knows me well….)
Here’s my email from Toph:
Hello my happy birthday hubba,
Here is the deal, first- take three deep breaths.
Okay. We are getting away tonight to stay in Salt Lake City, you have a maximum of 30 minutes to be in the car. Your bag is already mostly packed and I am arranging everything for tomorrow morning =)
I know that this is a bit of a surprise and may cause you a bit of anxiety- do you need three more breaths?
Okay, here are your instructions-
1- Go downstairs to the storage room. On the luggage shelf there are two bags- the green backpack (my stuff) and the red gym bag (your stuff). Hopefully I have you mostly covered, but if I were you I would look through your bag and make any adjustments you need =) You will need to pack your toiletries/bathroom stuff and your shoes. Here are the plans-
a) mostly just relax,
b) it is a long shot, but we are going to stand in line to try for the cheap tickets for Wicked- so make sure there is an outfit that works for that just in case- there is a skirt/shirt combo that may work for that- but please double check.
We’ll probably come home early afternoon tomorrow, I realized I didn’t pack my shoes either- can you grab some brown ones for me?
Take both bags out to the car (thank you).
2- Mom will be there in about 10 minutes. Start writing your list =) Be sure to include the payments for soccer pictures so the boys can take them tomorrow. I’m going to arrange it so that Tucker goes to Soccer with the Thompsons, but mom is going to go to Truman’s 11 o’clock game.
3- Say hello to mom, go over your list with her (remember, you don’t have much time).
4- Help mom transfer the carseats and boosters over to her car.
5- Give everyone a hug goodbye.
6- Get in the car and head to the Salt Lake City! =)
7- Send me a text or give me a call that you have left and you will receive further instructions =)
See? That wasn’t so bad, eh? See you soon- love you forever and ever.
Incredible husband, right? Yeah, I am a lucky woman….
My mother in law showed up like 5 minutes later, helped me out the door, and off I left, knowing my kids were incredibly good hands. The rest of the weekend was kind of a blur, we arrived Friday Night at Capitol Theater hoping to get Tickets to the Musical ‘Wicked’,
but the odd’s were not in our favor. And we left happily, to grab food and a movie.
We got some yummy food at Barbacoa, and then headed back to the Hotel to enjoy the Hunger Games(Recently released on video), and not have to put any children to bed! 🙂
The next morning we awoke (after sleeping in!!!), and decided to try to win tickets for the Saturday Matinee of Wicked. There were over 200 people waiting (more than the night before), and they only gave away 5 sets of tickets, so we didn’t think that we’d have any chance…but surprisingly we won! To say that I was FREAKING OUT, might have been an understatement! I yelled, YEAH! It’s my birthday! When my name was called, and the crowd was very gracious, and cheered for us.
Here’s a video of my gitty-ness. (Slightly embarrassed to be sharing this, but you know…for history sake!)
My mother-in-law graciously stayed a few extra hours, so we could go, and IT.WAS.TERRIFICLY.AMAZING.
I have listened to the music for over five years, so it was so fun to actually see it. Our seats were awesome at Orchestra level, and the costumes, props, everything seemed magical.
I hope someday to see it again, this time with my children,as I am sure it would still continue to be as magical as ever!
We returned home to happy, children, and a beautiful birthday cake they made together….
Followed the next morning by a delicious breakfast in bed.
It was an amazing birthday celebration. I’m grateful for the many people who made it so memorable!