Oh, I am a happy camper!!! I totally pulled off the surprise for my husband's birthday. When I got home from my errands last Sunday, the kids walked around the corner of the house and asked "what are you doing raking leaves?" Hubby was stunned. Then, Sunday night we got him playing cards so we could keep him up late enough for the other one to arrive!! When he knocked on the door about 10:15 p.m., my response was "what's that?" Son-in-law said "somebody's knocking on the door". The three of us just sat there and expected hubby to get up and answer it. He went to the door and looked out the peep hole but the visitor had it covered with his hand! So, we piped up from the kitchen "well, aren't you going to open the door?" The three instigators got up and went into the living room so we could see the door, and finally hubby opened it. (I had previously turned on the outside lights so our visitor could see.) Hubby stood there staring a full 10 seconds before he could comprehend who was standing before him, and his response was "what are you doing here?" Hubby was so happy to have them here, and it was such a joy for me to pull this one over on him!!
Next day, I put the three "kids" to work helping with the last minute details for the birthday party. All are willing workers and really made things a lot easier for me through the party. The day after, I gave them a break and we headed over to the beach.
We spent some lovely time just hanging out over there and it was a real treat for the kids, since one is from near Bellingham, Washington where the weather was very nasty at the time, and the others are from Des Moines where winter has already arrived.
Before arriving, stepdaughter had asked for a "honey do" list for while they were here, so I obliged them!! Surprise!! I got my pitiful yard aerated, leaves and acorns raked, a new sprinkler control and rain sensor installed, the bird house taken down and cleaned, a new digital thermostat installed, and the big flower bed partially cleared and redone.
As enjoyable as the week was, I think hubby and I are both very glad to have our house back to normal. It has been a very busy week all around and as soon as we got back from the airport this afternoon, we both crashed for a long nap.
Y'all take care.