Monday, March 5, 2012

We pulled it off!!

 We've been planning this surprise for months...and months...on Friday, Don left for a overnight visit to his friend's house ...for a cribbage party with some of his close friends...we were still wondering if he suspected...he didn't seem to act like he knew anything was up...so the kids came up from San Diego...we did some last minute shopping and baking...
 We were concerned on Friday...because the wind was blowing like crazy...it does that this time of year...but when Saturday morning rolled around...the air was still and it was time to tidy things up....
 And get the yard ready for the big event...
 The kids all worked so hard helping me out...I couldn't have done without their help...they set up the tables so nicely...
 And they even made the center pieces at home and transported them up here...
 Selin greeted the guests as they came...everyone was so anxious for the moment Don would come home...
 It worked!!! He was so surprised...in fact...we were a little worried because he seemed to just stand there for the longest time...without moving...without saying a word! But then he smiled and was ready to get this party going!
 Now everyone could just sit back and relax!
 While Don went around and greeted everyone....
 And thanked them for coming....
 He was happy to see that so many people came to his big event!
 He seemed to be smiling all day!!
 Everyone was having a good time...Selin and Stella were talking about the right amount of bling to wear to a surprise party...
 Stephen relaxed with some old friends he hadn't seen in a while...
 Don was still wandering around hugging everyone...
 It was time to eat...the taco guy had everything ready and it was delicious!
 I want to thank these two...Anna and Selin for all their help...they took most of the pictures ...that was one more thing I didn't have to worry about...
 It was so nice to get so many friends and family together....
 And the weather couldn't have turned out better...it was sunny, clear with just a slight breeze...
 I even got to carry around a wee one for a while...this is Melia...my neighbor's youngest...isn't she a cutie!!
 The apple tree is always a big hit with the younger set at a party...our nephew Gus enjoyed a climb up there...
 It was fun seeing everyone enjoying themselves...
And after a long day of eating, drinking and partying...Don settled down and read all the cards and notes he received...Thanks everyone for coming and sharing this day with Don...he feels truly blessed to have you all in his life. Thanks to my sister Debbie for all the wonderful treats she made...they were a big hit...I never did get one of the chocolate covered marshmallows...not that I needed one!
Until next time...enjoy your day!!!

15 comments:

Mary said...

What a fabulous party! I know he just loved it. Those cakes look delicious!

Traci said...

How fun!! So awesome y'all were able to pull off the surprise.

Traci said...

How fun!! So awesome y'all were able to pull off the surprise.

deb said...

It was a fun party, everything was great from the food to the weather to the decorations....we had an amazing time...and dont worry, grab a marshmellow this weekend....lololo

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Terrific! Congratulations to Don on his retirement! What a fabulous party! Great pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
Angela

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

How wonderful! It looks like such fun...the cakes are amazing the tables are beautiful and there certainly are some pretty little ones in the mix!

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Christine said...

Don really is stunned looking but what a great way to celebrate!
Best wishes
Christine

Kris said...

What a nice party Linda! I bet he was thrilled!!

Michelle said...

Looks like a great party and such a fun time. He does look a bit stunned in that photo!

Cyndi said...

What a great party...It looks like everyone had a great time, especially Don. Happy Retirement to him!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Delightful blog! I'm a new follower! ♥♥
Anne

Holly said...

That Don is one lucky man to have such a great family and so many friends who care. What a beautiful set up. Your yard is so pretty, my grass is brown and crunchy.

Siobhán said...

Well, that is just so neat!!! Congratulations to your husband on his retirement--and congratulations to you and your family for pulling off his big surprise!

Raggedy Creations said...

What a lovely party.

Felicia