I actually started his little birthday surprise a week before by sharing with him a "Few of my Favorite" things about him along with some of his favorite things. First of all I printed off these cards.
oopsey-daisy. She actually did a blog swap with Dating Diva's and that is where the post came from too!
On to the surprise. My plans were almost foiled when we got hit with a HUGE snowstorm on Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. I love snow but this one threatened ice and I knew if we got ice, there was no way I could pull this off but, thankfully we "only" got about 12 inches of snow AND my parents only got snow too!
This whole two day date was based on clues that I had written. On Monday morning, I waited for my parents to arrive, planning to give Darryl the first clue when they walked in the door but, wouldn't you know it, he just happened to see them turn the corner LOL He was dumbfounded! I don't think he even really knew what to think or what to do!!
We hit the road and the first clue gave him a rhyme to tell him where we were eating - he had to sing the song "Rockin' Robin" to figure out we were going to Red Robin . . .but, just that morning I had seen a coupon for $5.00 off of $15.00 at TGIF so I gave him that option and we switched restaurants to save some money :-)
Dating Diva's and may decide to use it yourself :-)
Instead, I gave him his clue of where we were staying and we headed to our Hotel. I love Travelocity - I got such an awesome deal, which is why we could go away over night, on an incredible hotel!!
|Darryl was very excited to be at a hotel - can you tell?|
|Our room had a balcony that overlooked the pool - it was awesome!|
|The Pool Area.|
|It is tradition to put a $1.00 on the wall at the restaurant.|
Tuesday morning, his actually birthday, his first clue sent us to the Mall where he got to pick lunch (We ate at Panera Bread) and than, I had a game planned at Barnes and Noble. This is another Dating Diva's idea and is a blast.
From the mall, we headed to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the Bodies Revealed Exhibit.
|I'm the baggage LOLOL|
|Darryl is saying "I want out of here fast!" Yes, we always do dorky stuff like that!|
Then, we headed home :-) It was a fantastic and much needed get away . .. I think I could have almost used just one more day!
OHHH one last thing! His gift. Darryl has seen those stickers on vehicles for awhile that show the members of the family and just really liked them. So, I did some looking and found a fantastic site called Say It On the Wall and got him this: