they got me! my dearest friends and family threw me a surprise party on sunday night. i still can’t believe they pulled it off! here’s how they did it: first off, sean has tried to throw me a surprise party before, but i found out. i’m a bit sneaky. ok, nosy. no, no… i think inquisitive is a better term. anyway, as soon as i suspect anything, i generally ask lots of questions to figure out what’s going on. i also had been pretty clear with sean for a long time now that i wanted a party for this big birthday. but this is such a busy season for us that it kind of fell to the wayside (or so i thought). so they (sean, my friend and neighbor katie, and my best friend in oregon, nicole) sent out 2 evites, 1 real and one fake, to throw me off. the one i got was for a small party for both sean and i on this coming wednesday. they also sent out a warning email to everyone about how nosy and suspicious i am.

so sean came home from his men’s retreat on sunday at about 5. he came in and said katie and her family were going to have us over for a quick dinner. this happens all the time, so i didn’t question it, although i nearly veto’d it because i was so grumpy from a long weekend and a cold. so we packed up the kids and walked over to their house. as i opened the door all i heard was “SURPRISE!!!!!”.

i was most surprised by my parents being there (they told me they’d be here on monday) and by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and her baby. that meant so much to me that they’d make special arrangements to be there for this.
nicole sent a big box of decorations to katie, the hostess, since she (nicole) couldn’t be there. together, they did such a great job. there was a centerpiece on the cake table of a tree branch in a turquiose urn with scrappy leaves and birds on it. such a great idea! i’m going to have to steal that one for something. hmmm…. the also used newspaper in such creative ways: as a tablecloth, as filler in a vase, and as pompoms. and my mom brought down some gorgeous hydrangeas – my favorite.

it was very casual, just hanging out and relaxing, with a pile of kiddos crawling at our feet. my sweet friend, joy, made 2 beautiful and delicious cakes. they were incredible! they went perfectly with the bird theme.

silas provided the entertainment for the night ;)

they also coordinated for everyone to send sweet notes to me. i felt so loved and honored. thank you so much to everyone who came and showered me with love! you got me!



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    How sweet. I am so glad that you didn’t know about it, it would have ruined it. So why did you choose birds as the theme?

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    Kristen Borland says:

    okay, totally stealing some of those ideas right now for extra decorations for the baby shower i’m helping with this weekend (nest/egg/bird theme). super cute! you have talented friends!!!

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    Shealynn Benner says:

    Oh My! HOW AWESOME WAS THAT??? Oh that must have made your month! :) So thoughtful, and I LOVED the decorations.

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    asnipofgoodness says:

    That is so memorable and sweet on the part of your friends and family. You are truly blessed!!

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    Stephanie says:

    I love that first picture. The surprise on your face is priceless! Beautiful decorations and really cute cakes. It sounds like you have great friends and family.

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    Cathi Hamen says:

    YEAH!!! I love surprise birthday celebrations.. its so great when they work out as a real surprise!! Happy Birthday! I have been instructed not to have one for Shans 40th though!

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    i didn’t get to see your face when the door opened, so it was great to see the picture. i think that’s the first surprise i’ve been to where the recipient was truly surprised. how fun! and nicole and katie did such a great job with all the decorations–and katie was husbandless all weekend long, too! she gets my vote for hostess with the mostess (not that it’s a contest)

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    how fun! my family threw me a surprise 30th also this year! so nice for family and friends to honor you in that way! and i LOVE the decorations! that paper leaf branchy thing is so cool! i have that exact same picture, opening the door with that surpised huh? look on my face. priceless. glad you had a great party.

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    i am so glad it was a surprise!
    you should be delighted!

    wish we could’ve been there.

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    I wish so badly that I could have been there! I really did try! I love you and am so thankful to have you as a add on sister :} I’m glad they got you too!!! XOXO

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    Kristen says:

    Yeah! So glad you were surprised. Courtney told us all about your fun party. I am glad you had a great 30th birthday.

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