Monday, March 24, 2008

I have a Wicked Incredible Husband

(This is the weather we left in Oregon...)

It is amazing to me that Jeff knows me as well as he does. It is almost spooky. I had the most wonderful weekend, all thanks to the amount of thought and love that my husband put into this trip. There are so many details that he went to great lengths to make sure were perfect!

It started out a little crazy with us missing our flight (basically Bryce woke up early, and there was an accident on the freeway), and Jeff just looked so depressed as he thought about all his plans going out the window, but once we knew we were going to actually make it to our destination, we relaxed and enjoyed reading our books for the extra couple of hours on the plane! So, the destination was...

Orange County, CA! My sister lives in Huntington Beach and Jeff had arranged all of the trip with her and my mom. I didn't think I had talked to Jeff about it much, but he had figured out what I needed. He knew that I needed to be with my family. I have been having such a hard time being away from them since the funeral. What a wonderful surprise to get to spend precious time with them without my cute kiddos hanging on my legs!

He had told me to bring something fancy to wear, but I didn't know what it was for. I figured it was probably a show of some type, but I just waited patiently (kind of!) to find out what he had planned. (Please don't mind the Happy Birthday tiara that my sister made me wear!)

I was so excited when we saw the billboard for Wicked!! I had mentioned once or twice that I wanted to see this. I grew up watching local productions of musicals and I LOVE them. The show was phenomenal and I was grinning and giddy through the whole show. My mom bought me the CD and I have been listening to it on my IPOD ever since! If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! It was also cool that we went with my sister Crystal and her boyfriend, Tony, and it was in the awesome Pantageous Theater in Hollywood! I felt like a Rock Star, ha ha!
Next up: (Yep, our night was just beginning, it was only 11pm after all!) the Magic Castle. Crystal had some friends hook us up at this really cool place! Basically there are rooms with different magicians doing cool magic tricks. It was a lot of fun and apparently a hip, Hollywood spot. We saw Steve Valentine from Crossing Jordan, if anyone cares about that sort of stuff! We got home about 1:30 and hung out chatting with my mom until about 2:30am. What party animals we are!

Friday morning, we slept in and then woke up and went for a run on the beach, my favorite kind of run!! Jeff had been working hard at the gym to get ready for this run with me. I thought that was so sweet, and it meant more to me than he could know. So, we ran 5 1/2 miles together and it was gorgeous and so much fun. (Although I don't know if it was as fun for him with me talking his ear off!) I wish we could run together more often, but that won't be for a little while. :-) We spent the rest of the day hanging out with the family. We also biked to the beach later on to catch the sunset.



My aunt Marlynn came over with a couple of her kids and we had a nice visit with them. About midnight, we decided to start a game of Cities and Knights, I know, again we are the crazy party animals. I won the game to end a perfect getaway! We had to wake up at 5am to catch the flight home. It was quick, but just what I needed. I love you, Jeff and I am so grateful for all you did!
(These pictures are Jeff's ideas of relaxation (snoozing while listening to the NCAA tournament on TV) and mine (reading my Book Club book at the pool!)

We came home to happy kids who were well taken care of by grandma. They also surprised me with a cake! Thanks, Diane for your part in all of this! How blessed I feel and how lucky I am!

12 comments:

Erin said...

Wow, you deserved that! How lucky you are! I'm so glad that you got to get away and do something fun! Wow, a run on the beach...how wonderful!

LCM said...

Oh! I am so jealous. I can't wait until hubby and I are able to get away together again. I am glad you got to relax and recharge your batteries.

John and Rachael said...

That sounds like an awesome trip. How sweet of your husband to plan it all out. Did he just die trying to keep it a secret?

cherl said...

Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful way to ring in the new decade. You look pretty amazing, by the way. It must be all that crazy marathon training you are doing.

Ang said...

That sounds so wonderful!!! You have one amazing husband! I thought about you over the weekend wondering where on earth you were and what you might be doing! So glad you had a fabulous time!

P.S. We totally could have done our run together Sat. I don't mean that literally, I'm just saying because we ran the same pace and practically the same distance. Kind of crazy huh!

marathon mom said...

How nice!!! You husband does sound great! Glad you had a good birthday. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog, I love the support that I get from other running moms, such a wonderful network to be involved in. Thanks for the invite to write with you all, I would love to! You can email me from my profile page!
Jennifer

Suzie Petunia said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Jeff is awesome. And you deserved such a great surprise!

foxontherun said...

You looked fabulous! I love that shirt. Whereever did you get it. It sounds like a wonderful weekend. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time.

Hallway Express said...

How amazing and thoughtful. You guys are so good at "living today" and creating lasting memories.

Charity said...

I've been a lurker for a while...you know it's one of those Marathon Mommy things...So...can I get your e-mail so I can give you an invite to read my blog, just so you know I'm not TOTALLY crazy, I also have some questions for you, if you don't mind in reference to a comment made on Marathon Mommies...

Thanks
Charity

Glad to know that you had such a wonderful birthday!

Emily said...

You look so cute- I am so glad you wore the tiara! Happy Birthday!

Jessica said...

What a sweet husband and family to plan this stuff for you. I loved Wicked as well, and I loved reading the post about defying gravity. You're making me want to go running!!!!
Proud of you, good job.
Jess