I surprised Chase for his 30th birthday! I actually surprised him twice in one day. It was a great day! All of us woke up around 8am. I gave Chase his birthday presents, a small Lego set and a Mega Block Halo Helicopter (that I bought from a friend!). One of Chase’s favorite pastimes is putting together Lego sets and building new or even improving upon a set. It’s the engineering mind! He spent the morning putting the sets together at the kitchen table. J wanted to help so we got out his big box of Duplos and we worked at building a cool rolling tower on the floor. It crashed a few dozen times of course! We had a really relaxing morning.
Chase’s best friend was coming into town that day. I was planning a surprise party for Chase that night and his friend Jason and his wife were coming earlier since they were driving in from out of town. I asked Jason if he could get Chase out of the house for the whole afternoon and have him back around 5pm. It worked out perfectly. The only thing is, I wasn’t sure when they were getting into town exactly so I was on edge all morning. I would look out the window every so often, and then try to make super cool excuses. “I thought I heard the mail.” “Suzy, what did you hear?” Almost anytime Suzy growled or barked, I kept thinking they might be here! I don’t think Chase really noticed. He was enjoying his relaxing morning while I was entirely on edge!
I received a text that they would be to the house in about 20 minutes. 10 minutes later Chase told me he was going to get in the shower soon. I wasn’t sure how all of this was going to turn out, but it happened perfectly. While Chase was in the shower, Jason and Candice showed up. We chatted for a few minutes, and then I thought that I better somehow warn Chase to make sure he was clothed but at the same time I didn’t want to ruin the surprise! I took J back into the bedroom and said, “Hurry up daddy! We want to play!” Chase told us he was coming out as soon as he was dressed. Whew! I went back into the living room and Candice had stepped outside to take their puppy out. Around that time, Chase came out of the bedroom to see Jason and he was completely shocked!! He couldn’t believe his friend was standing in the living room! I said, “Surprise!” I think it took him a little while to really believe it was true!
After we had all talked for awhile Chase wanted to leave with Jason to run to the store. I stalled them by asking him to hang around until J was down for his nap. Jason had to come up with a lot more things to do than just run to the store. After they left, they had about 4 hours to kill until 5pm when everyone was supposed to be here for the big surprise! Chase had no clue. And actually Jason didn’t have to convince Chase to have a day of fun. They actually did a lot in 4 hours!
Candice and I got the house ready and by 5pm everyone was here for the big surprise. We had about 10 adults and 3 children. We waited and waited. We tried calling our husbands but neither of them would answer their phones. Around 5:20 Chase called me to say they were dropping by the grocery store and he asked if I needed anything. It was very nice of him, but I was super anxious that he was stopping somewhere when they should have been home already! I asked them to hurry up because Candice and I were getting hungry. He then asks me what we are having for supper. I didn’t want to lie so I told him pizza, which we were having at the party. So of course, he didn’t understand what all the fuss was about and why they had to hurry home for pizza! Candice and I joked that Chase would probably think we were bunch of nagging wives just to get them home for pizza! It was almost 5:40 by the time the guys showed up. They walked up to the front door and everyone gathered around and yelled “Surprise!” He was definitely surprised! He just stood there for a minute. He told me later he couldn’t understand what everyone was doing in his house. He didn’t even see the birthday decorations until after everyone left! It took him quite awhile to really take it all in. Even after everyone had been there for about an hour, he came over to me and said, “I think this is just now sinking in.” A couple of hours later most of his friends had left. We had one of the best parties ever. Not only was it a surprise, but it was good conversation and good food.
Later that night Chase thanked me for his awesome Birthday. He said he could never repay me for the best birthday he has ever had. He asked me how I was able to set it up so perfectly. I reflected back on the day and realized I only set up two events, his friend coming into town and people coming over for the surprise. I had no idea how it was all going to turn out. The day couldn’t have been any more perfect. So I responded to him that it had been a God day. God gave him an awesome Birthday. It was a day that Chase needed. Lots of awesome memories to take with us from here.