Friday, November 19, 2010

An Amazing Weekend!

Good Morning Company Girls!

Well, I've waited til today to blog about my amazing weekend last weekend because I wanted to share with the Company Girls that graciously read my blog......for so long it seems like it's all been doom and gloom, but not this time...the only gloomy thing is that I don't have pics to show you...I know...failed again....you see we got this new camera about a year ago and I haven't made myself figure out how to load the pics on my computer yet and well, poor hubby is usually too busy during the week with working three jobs that I don't want to bug him about it when he's finally home.

but.....

I can still tell you about it...and maybe post pics over the weekend when hubby has a few moments...

...well, if you read last Friday's post then you would know that it was my 60th birthday....hubby had made plans...hubby loves making plans! Just after noon on Friday we left the house and drove down to Niagara Falls.....it had promised to be a sunny day but so far it wasn't.....by the time we had arrived though the sun was shining...lovely because the hotel room he had booked overlooked the falls from the fifteenth floor! Gorgeous, breathtaking view! While we were getting settled into there, my cell phone rang...it was my youngest brother calling, which I thot was strange since he's an elementary teacher and he should still be in school...which he was...I heard excited kids in the background......and then singing! His class sang Happy Birthday ...chachacha! to me!! I giggled throughout the song...what a hoot!

Then, after a little reading time (yes, I had brought a book...(never like to go somewhere without one) we changed our clothes cause hubby said we were eating someplace over the border in Buffalo and we had to be slightly dressed up....
....at the border crossing, the guard, of course was very nosy...asking a million questions...asked hubby what he got me for my birthday..hubby said..'this weekend away from the kids'...the cheeky guard said 'well, if you hadn't had the kids you wouldn't have to get away, would you?'....nervy pup, I'd say! Anyways, then we went to Joannes, where I did a little fabric shopping, and bought my first official Christmas gift for little Miss Honour, my 7 year old grandaughter....a small Singer sewing machine.....the label said for 6 years plus so I guess that fits her.....I hope she likes it!

Then onto supper at the Asa Ransom House....an old house set up for dining and staying at...they had a few rooms ...but the dining room was lovely ..very homey....we enjoyed a tasty meal...during the meal, eldest son Ryan called to wish me a Happy Birthday......Ryan lives about 3 hours and a bit away from us with his wife and baby son....

Then we crossed back into Canada to return to our hotel...unfortunately the fog had moved in so our perfect view was gone! It was like being in a room surrounded by cotton balls...very surreal!
...but at 9 p.m. all of a sudden there were fire works high in the sky above the clouds...I have no idea how they got them so high...we were on the fifteenth floor and they were higher than us....we stood at the window just delighted to watch them...I secretly thought...'look at that, fireworks just for me to celebrate my birthday!'....(ya, I know..just a little vain... :0)

The next day, we had a leisurely morning...hubby insisted on room service for breakfast...I had a fit when I saw the prices and just ordered a muffin off of his breakfast order...good grief they sure charge a lot...but then again it was Niagara Falls...everything is expensive there!

When we checked out at noon we travelled slowly back home, stopping at the Butterfly conservatory...an amazing place with a huge amount of beautiful butterflies in a natural habitat just flying around...they even landed on me!

Then we continued on to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where it was tea time! We went to the Irish shop and had tea and scones...after that we walked around for a bit but it had turned quite chilly so we finally left....just outside of NOTL, there is a lavender farm...now, I love lavender and hubby had planned to stop there....a really nice young man who owns the place with his wife, told us all about the different kinds and invited us back next spring when they have a whole weekend filled with activities....after buying some lavender body wash, we moved on...hubby said we had to stop on the way home to pick up a birthday cake for Sunday...he had invited my siblings and spouses for birthday cake on Sunday afternoon....as we got closer to Grimsby, he asked if I was ready for supper...now I kind of had been thinking that something was afoot here....both of us were a little weary and we're both usually on the same wave length....I would have gladly gone home, put my feet up and had some tea at this point and I knew he would feel that way too....but..here he was suggesting supper out...after we had already spent all this money....hmmmmm......
....also he had been texting madly throughout the day with someone...he wouldn't tell me who....the plot thickens...
after some supper, we stopped by the grocery store and he went in and got the cake...and then finally we were on the way home...not without some more texting though....the texting was weird cause hubby doesn't usually do a lot of texting.....hmmmmm......

When we arrived home ..all the lights were on and cars in the driveway...I thot I saw son Ryan, who was suppose to be 3 hours away in my bedroom window! I said to hubby...'was that Ryan?'....he shrugged and said..'I don't know, I didn't see him'...as we were getting out of the car I could hear the grand kids squealing...all the windows were open.....

walking into the house...everyone was exclaiming Happy Birthday...all my kids and some significant others were there...(well, except Corey, but I really wouldn't have expected to see him.....)...then eldest daughter said, apologetically....'um we kind of made a mess in your bedroom...you'd better come and see'.....so I did......as I walked into my bedroom I was dumbfounded! They had completely redecorated my bedroom while we were away! They had all worked together, stripped the room, removed old wallpaper that had only been there for over thirty years!....painted the walls and ceiling......installed a closet organizer...had always wanted one of those....and eldest son had made, stained and put up a shelf around the perimeter of the three walls of my room, about a foot lower than the ceiling, for my teddy bear collection.....yes, I've had a teddy bear collection for years....and now I could display them all!

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!

What a treat....what an amazing thing for them all to do....even little Honour told me she had helped! They all worked together..all my kids to do this unbelievable thing...for me!

The next day after the siblings had left and we were all sitting around the dining room table....Lauren said..'well, mom..you only turn 60 once, we had to do something!'......

..and they sure did...but as I looked around the table, I will admit to getting a little teary eyed.....the thing that meant the most was that they had all come together, they had all worked together...it really made the last 36 years of parenting worthwhile....and that border crossing guard was wrong....if we hadn't had all the kids, life would yes, probably have been a little less stressful at times but....man, I think it would have been really boring and I would have missed out on this! To see my kids altogether like that...well, it warmed my heart and made it all worthwhile.

Have a great weekend!

7 comments:

Katharine said...

Oh, I'm sooo happy for you! You made me tear up! What a wonderful way for your husband and children to celebrate you! Blessings!

the.bain.family. said...

that is so sweet what your family did for you. You raised good ones :)

janicejohnson said...

WOW, major kudos to your sweet husband and family! I SO enjoyed your story!

Jen said...

Oh.my.goodness. This was one of those birthdays where your cup just OVERFLOWED, girl! So, so, so happy for you.

Diane said...

Wow, what an incredible birthday weekend, time alone with your honey, the joy of family coming together as well. Enjoy your redecorated room!

Janet in Toronto said...

That is so nice! What a lovely birthday surprise.

Blessings to you on this special birthday, and many more!

joyceandnorm said...

That is a fantastic surprise!!! So memorable!