Monday, April 13, 2009

The Surprise

I'm so proud of myself, I was able to completely shock and surprise Wes for his birthday (well the day after anyways). I posted about the upcoming surprise last week but little did he know what was in store for him. We went to Boston! He didn't know our final destination until we arrived in the Charlotte airport and saw Boston, MA on the sign. I'm not sure how I managed to keep this from him for so long (nearly 4 LONG months) but I did and it just made the surprise that much better. The look on his face Thursday morning was absolutely priceless!

So here's how it went down. I got a free companion flight for extending my T-Mobile contract and immediately contemplated what to do with it. Then I got the idea to take Wes somewhere for his birthday. I knew it had to be somewhere relatively close and also somewhere we could go for just a long weekend since my mom would have to keep Colin. Boston has been on our list of places to go so it just made sense. I actually thought he'd guess it right away because this is a place we seem to talk about a lot and I just knew he'd immediately think of it. Nope, he actually thought we were going to Charleston, SC.

During the last 4 months I've done a lot of undercover work. I called his office to tell him he wouldn't be at work Thursday or Friday. I also had to rearrange the birthday festivities at his work because they were planning a cake for him on Thursday. I've made several new bloggy friends who live in Boston, as I was trying to get first-hand restaurant recommendations. I tried, to no avail, to get Celtics tickets (this was probably the most disappointing thing). And I packed his suitcase in it's entirety without him knowing - that took some work! I tried to discreetly pick out his outfit for Thursday and I thought I had gotten away with it until he told me later that he suspected something was up when I selected not only his shirt but also his pants for the day. I was literally running up and down the stairs that morning trying to shove things in bags and take the bags out to the car while he was in the shower and then while he was putting his shoes on. Seriously, I had worked up a sweat and it wasn't even 8am! After he put on his coat and shoes, he came in the kitchen to get his lunch and keys. I said, "You won't be needing either of those today. Mom is going to to take us to our destination and you have to be blindfolded as we go." He's such a good sport, he just smiled and waited for the blindfold. Several passersby stared at him, since I made him ride in the front seat (no, not because I'm mean but I thought Colin would be incessant with the comments about why Daddy had his eyes covered up). Mom actually slipped on the way to the airport and mentioned something about the plane. Wes later told me he thought she was kidding. Once at the airport, I asked the man at the counter to not say our final destination out loud. He obliged and the rest of the workers just smiled. We were off and Wes did a good job just enjoying the moment and not trying to berate me with questions.

We had great weather the first two days and then we had flashbacks of the KY weather that we all know and love - cold, wet and rainy. We ate well (more posts on that to come), we shopped, and we did a lot of sightseeing. I think we both enjoyed the Red Sox tour the most. I was surprised that I enjoyed it but our tour guide, a 78-year old man, made the experience what it was. He was funny, told great stories, and was very knowledgeable of the stadium and the team. Our hotel, Jury's, was boutiquish and very well kept. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to Boston.

Coming home was bittersweet. We hated to leave our action packed weekend but we were anxious to get home to our boy. I ran to him like Jason did with Ty 10 times on the Bachelor, except I refrained from rolling around on the ground like a total moron! I'm pretty sure he still has no concept of time and has no idea how long we were gone. He was glad to see us but it wasn't an overwhelming oh-my-gosh-I've-missed-you-so-much type of feeling. I just wanted to squeeze and kiss on him all day. He, of course, had other plans once we got back to my parents house and saw the Easter eggs! Three hours later we finally got to come home!


  1. Wow! What a great gift. I'm glad you all had fun! We're going to Boston (Plymouth) this June to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins. It's such a neat city!

    I was laughing out loud about the rolling on the ground Bachelor reference. : )

  2. Thanks for your comment. My daughter is will be 16 months old this week. Your little guy is a cutie! Do you live in Lexington? Have a great day!

  3. What an awesome surprise!! I can't believe you were able to keep it from him that long, I'm impressed. I can never keep secrets. A weekend get-a-way sounds fantastic!

  4. Wow!! What a fun weekend and awesome surprise for Wes. Loved reading your trip report - so glad you had a great time!

  5. What a fabulous surprise!! I love Boston-met my husband in that wonderful city but glad to call N'ville home!!

  6. What a great birthday surprise! I am totally impressed. I am not sure I could pull something like that off! :) Way to go!