Yesterday was John's birthday...but not just any ordinary birthday - it was his 30th. Because he was turning 30, I wanted to make it extra special and (hopefully) memorable for him. I love that it fell on a Saturday, because we were able to spend the entire day together. To start out, I decorated the kitchen the night before with crepe paper streamers and balloons - 30 balloons. Ruby helped me by handing me the balloons - one by one - and telling me where I should put each color. In fact, if you look closely, you'll see a lone pink balloon in the mix. Well that pink balloon was Ruby's special gift to her dad. She picked it out, wanted me to blow it up, and couldn't stop talking about how excited daddy was going to be when he saw his pink balloon...
She also used this time to practice singing the Happy Birthday song - which she'd be preforming the next day for her daddy.
Before John woke up, I set out his gifts - all 30 of them - on the table, under the panorama of crepe paper and balloons.
Now before you think I went too overboard, I have to explain that not all of them were huge, expensive gifts. Some of the items were small - things like his favorite candy bar, favorite snack, and favorite drink. He got several gift cards to places he likes to eat...a couple of shirts...some cologne. Really nothing huge, just some of his favorite things, or things that he needed (like grey dress socks), or things that at some point he had mentioned that he'd like to have (clippers to cut the dog's hair). Needless to say, I think he was pretty shocked when he saw the display of gifts - wrapped, and arranged... and spanning the entire surface of the kitchen table.
Later that day, we had a swim party and bbq over at my sister-in-law, Lori's house.
She and Joe were gracious enough to open up their home, pool, and yard to all of John's friends and family. There were close to 50 people in attendance...and I know that it meant a lot to him (and to me), that so many people came out - not only to celebrate with us, but also - in honor and support of him.
What's a pool party without somebody getting thrown into the pool?...or as in Joseph's case, forced to jump into the pool after getting an entire bucket of ice water dumped on his head...
Unfortunately, the fun pretty much ended there. We spent the rest of the day at the Phoenix Children's Urgent Care with Ruby. She had a bad case of the croup - high fever, barking cough, struggle for each breath...the whole deal. Normally a dose of Xopenex with the nebulizer does the trick, but after 5 or six treatments - one every 8 hours, and still no improvement...we decided it would be best to just take her in. Fortunately, the chest x-rays showed that her lungs were clear, and they finally sent us home after giving her a steroid shot to open her airway. We didn't feel comfortable leaving her with a babysitter, so in lieu of dinner and a movie, we put the kids down, John cut the dog's hair with his new birthday clippers, and I fell asleep on our bed somewhere between 8:30 and 9:00. You would have thought we were in our eighties. Good thing it's a nice long weekend, and that John has Monday off work...we're planning on picking up where we left off for sure.