Apr 072015
 

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SURPRISE!

I knew I wanted to plan a surprise party for Michael’s 40th birthday. It’s a big date! I wanted him to be surprised and I wanted it to be special. I started thinking about it a few months before his birthday and was feeling a little overwhelmed. I’ve never thrown a surprise party before. I did throw a “sort of” surprise party for Michael’s 35th birthday where I took him to his favorite pizza place and surprised him with a bunch of his friends also being there. That was a lot easier to plan.

But this time around there were more details to coordinate. I was throwing it at the house and at first I thought the kitchen remodel would be done beforehand but then some unforeseen scheduling things happened and I realized it wouldn’t be. Bummer. Oh well, going forward I still wanted it at the house. It’s cheaper than renting a location and easier to plan than trying to coordinate it at a restaurant (and I didn’t want people to be expected to go out to eat).

The hardest part was trying to figure out how to get Michael out of the house so I could get everything ready and everyone could arrive. Michael’s friend Jeremy came down from Seattle and he helped get him out of the house while I cleaned and set everything up!

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I wanted to have a Star Wars themed party because that’s Michael’s thing (and I hate Star Wars and it makes him crazy that I won’t watch the movies). It was actually surprisingly hard to find Star Wars themed party stuff. I went to a bunch of different party stores and ended up getting a few items on Amazon. Then I discovered that Michael had a bunch of old Star Wars posters in the garage. Perfect! 😉

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I had a Star Wars table cloth, plastic cups and plates. Then I got a Star Wars cupcake tower that I used for the donuts. I used the posters for decorations. I attached old photos of Michael as a child to the balloons and put them all over the house. I liked that idea (also from pinterest) and people seemed to enjoy seeing goofy pictures of Michael as a kid. 😀

I knew I wanted to get Michael’s favorite foods: pizza (of course), donuts from Krispy Kreme (his favorite), and other munchie things. Michael’s mom made her amazing blue cheese dip and a veggie tray.

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I saw something on Pinterest that I wanted to make for the party: a PunchBox. It was pretty simple to make but it took a LONG time to do. I ended up doing it when I was in Seattle visiting family. My mom helped me do it and it turned out great. I got a bunch of fun and goofy items and then we went to Archie McPhee’s to get a few more items. Basically a PunchBox was for party favors but a fun way to do it instead of making party favor bags. It was fun to make and I got a bunch of crazy things! Several toy unicorns, a blow-up unicorn horn for cats, a Big Foot air freshener, some various candy and mini booze bottles. I think there was a pirate eye patch in there and some other kid toys that I thought would be funny for adults to play with. So I made it in Seattle and then had to sneak it into the house when I got back and hide it from Michael.

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Everyone seemed to have a fun time with the game, so that made me happy! Thankfully the weather was nice so the kiddos could run around outside and play. They all got hopped up on sugar from soda, candy and the donuts. Sorry parents….!

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Mmmm Krispy Kreme!

Most importantly Michael was SURPRISED and he had a great time and I’m so glad so many of his friends and family were able to come out for it. Our house is pretty small, but somehow we managed to fit in about 21 people. The birthday boy:

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We did presents and some of the people had to leave but a bunch hung around for awhile longer and we hung out outside while the kiddos played with a ball until it got dark.

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I would call the party a success! Happy birthday babe!

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Apr 062015
 

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Happy Easter from my bunny!

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She looks super stoked to have bunny ears, huh? 😉

Easter Weekend started with Michael’s friend Jeremy and his girlfriend coming down to Portland from Seattle for the weekend (more on that tomorrow). I got off work early, went swimming and got home right when they arrived. The four of us decided to go out to dinner and because it was Friday night it was impossible to get in anywhere we wanted to go. The first place was an hour wait.

We were near Pok Pok and it was somewhere they’d wanted to try (I wasn’t hopeful but said let’s see if we can get in). We got to Pok Pok and it was a 2 hour wait for a table! This is something I hate about Portland restaurants. A bunch of them don’t take reservations and the wait time for a table is ridiculous. With so many great options, I will never wait that long to get into a restaurant. Like ever. I don’t care if Elvis and Madonna are the waiter/waitress there. I won’t wait 2 hours. 😛

Sooo plan C….we decided to get sushi at a new place on SE Clinton. A coworker had been there and recommended it and I recognized the name when we were driving by looking for something else. We got a table immediately in the super cute, stylish and modern decorated restaurant. Service was fantastic and the food was probably the best sushi I’ve had in Portland.

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It was so fresh it melted in your mouth. You know when you get sushi and bite into a roll and sometimes the seaweed is a little tough and you have gnaw at it a little bit? That was not the case at Yama Sushi. Seriously, so fresh everything just fell apart and melted (in a good way). The one downside–the specialty rolls were kind of ginormous and that made them a little difficult to eat. I prefer smaller bite-sized rolls.

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So that was Friday night. A good start to the weekend I think! Stay tuned for what happened on Saturday… :)

Fast forward to Sunday. Jeremy and his girlfriend were heading back to Seattle and Michael and I went over to his mom’s house for Easter brunch with the family. I’d slept in really late, skipped the gym, skipped breakfast and then we drove to his mom’s house for lunch.

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Michael’s sister made her absolutely amazing deviled eggs–some spicy and some not spicy. They were so tasty and I ate way too many of them…in my defense it was the first food I ate Sunday besides coffee. 😉

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Michael’s mom had gotten a giant ham and was cooking it (I think she said it was 19 pounds). It took a little bit longer than expected to so we munched on the deviled eggs, and drank Bloody Mary’s while it finished cooking. Lunch was served:

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Michael’s mom made her amazing crab and egg dish. There was the ham and the roasted asparagus, fruit and mini orange scones (that were delicious) and these little cinnamon sticks that were 30 calories each. We all ate way too much. But it was tasty (and basically the only meal I ended up eating on Sunday).

Check out this little guy:

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One of Michael’s second or third cousins…? I can’t keep it straight. :) But he’s about a year and a half and just found his legs! He’s such a cutie and great little baby. Great smile and sweet personality. It was fun playing with this little man that had nothing but toothy grins for everyone as he showed off his moves on his bike!

After lunch we went home and I went to the gym. I think it was like 4pm at this time and the gym was almost entirely empty. There were about 4 people in the cardio room with me. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical and called it good. I was a little sore from Saturday’s gym session (weights and running on the treadmill). But I wanted to get something in to take the edge off the pastries and goodies I ate all day!

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