Saturday, September 28, 2019

Barb’s Birthday Surprise

Birthday surprise? But wait, Barb’s birthday is in March and it is like….September… That may be true but as some of you know Barb had a milestone birthday this year (I promised her I would not divulge what milestone it is however) and since we were Amarillo on her real birthday, we really did not get a chance to celebrate it. In fact, I did not even get her a present. A fact I have been reminded of more than once over the past 6 months. Every time she would buy something I would say “Happy Birthday!”. When she bought the truck camper I said “Happy Birthday!”. “Nice try" she would say, "but I did the research, went to Salt Lake to pick it up and wrote the check, this is not a birthday present” Pretty much the same scenario when she bought the new Ranger……

I needed to rectify this situation soon as my birthday is fast approaching and if I wanted any kind of present I needed to right this wrong. So when we made plans to come out to Forrest’s knowing Jessica and her family were going to be there I put a plan into motion. A surprise birthday party!
Hey, I only said I would not write how old she is!
Next I had to come up with the perfect gift for her. It had to be something she just would not buy on her own and something that would be a total surprise. After thinking long and hard I came up a couple of gifts that would fit the bill!

So with the help of Shane, Jess, Forrest and Somer we put our plan into action. Jessica’s role was to get Barb out of the house. So, she and the kids went to Crater Lake to hike the Watchman Trail. They had a great time and saw lots of very cool scenery.
Jess and the kids on the diversionary hike

Crater Lake 

Now that is a crater!
Forrest, Shane and I went to the store where we bought party favors and the ingredients for one of her favorite meals; Ribeyes, shrimp and lobster. Once we got home, Somer and I made Rumchata cupcakes while Forrest and Shane decorated. The scene was set, the presents wrapped, we just need to wait for our guest of honor.

At the appointed time Jess, Barb and the kids arrived home. She walked in saw all the streamers and balloons and had no idea what was going on. It was not until we put a hat on her head and shouted “Happy Birthday!” that it dawned on her that this was for her.

Shane did an awesome job cooking all the food and we absolutely gorged ourselves to the point of discomfort. Then it was gift time….. So what do you get the woman who could possibly have everything wants? A new spotting scope! A Vortex Razor HD 27 60x85 to be exact! Oh and a couple of trail cameras. Just want I….I mean SHE always wanted!  
What more could one ask for?????
We also got her some denture cream and some nighttime diapers just to bring everything over the top.

Even the dogs got into the act!
You should have seen the look on her face when she opened her gifts. I really don’t know how to describe it. Sheer joy? Surprise? Shock? Or something totally different…..

And no, those were not the only gifts I got Barb, the biggest gift was a metal wall sign for our place back in South Dakota. It actually came in two parts; the main sign which is about 3’ tall and 5’ wide. It was too big to bring so I showed her an image of it. 
And the cut outs from the sign which we will hang somewhere as well.

Each of the kids got her gifts as well, in fact Jess had booked a zipline adventure for Barb on Thursday morning.

Thursday morning Jess and Barb were off bright and early for their zipline adventure. There were a total of 9 lines one of which was 1200’ and another was 1400’. It also included some repelling and suspended bridges as well. They said it was a lot of fun and it was something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Ready to zip

There she goes!
Think she is having fun!
We got out to Crater Lake as a group one time as well. We had not been here since March of ’18 and boy, what a difference!

One of our goals on this trip was to get some family pictures as it had been almost 4 years since we have all been in the same spot!
Zion 2015, only the kids have aged!
Crater Lake September of 2019
We hiked the Plaikni Falls trail which is about one mile each way and is kid friendly.
Mom, daughter and grand daughter


Time for one more family picture at the falls.
Then I tried to get a picture of just the falls.....
Photo bomb!
This marmot was watching our antics at the falls
We had a full week of other activities including Lily's soccer game (Somer is the coach), a visit to the train museum and lot of trampoline fun!
Lily going in for a goal
They even got to go on a train ride!

That's a lot of tracks!

Even I got in on the action!
Friday afternoon Barb drove Shane, Jess, Dylan and Kendall to Medford where they caught a Saturday morning flight back to Pennsylvania. We had a great time and we are going to miss them all. We are still here for a couple more weeks but things are going to quiet down with less bodies around and Forrest and Somer to head back to work.

Now if I can just talk Barb into letting me use her spotting scope!

25 comments:

  1. Looks like an awesome time with family. I can't wait to see what Barb really wants, most likely to be your Birthday present in December!!!

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    1. Sorry we missed you guys on your way through, hopefully we will see you in Quartzsite. Maybe you will have a new rig!

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  2. Now that was a party. Well done. Sounds like this is one of those birthday years that never stops.

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  3. What a fantastic time!! I think it should be easy for you now. You’re definitely redeemed!!

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    1. She was very surprised and happy, I think I am all set for December!

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  4. How fun...and Rumchata cupcakes sound really good! Welcome to the 60's Barb...I'm right there with ya! But I did hear they call it the "Sexy Sixties"...LOL

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  5. Good try with that spotting scope. I also wonder what Barb really wants and what you will get for your birthday. lol

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  6. How nice to have a special birthday celebration with the whole family. I bet the grandkids loved surprising grandma. So you (I mean Barb) finally got your spotting scope! You've been trying so hard to find a way to get it. Great planning. Love the family photos! Crater Lake is the perfect back drop.

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    1. I like the family picture with the lake in the background the best, you are right, it was perfect.

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  7. Very nicely done and visiting the family would be a highlight for sure. You all certainly deserve fun time. Travel safe when you head for your next adventure.

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    1. Just think of the deer we will be able to see during our happy hours next time we are both back at our ranches!

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  8. What a perfect birthday gift! Now she can keep an eye on you, Jim. 🧐

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    1. My only fear is that she will say she wants to return it for something else!

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  9. It looks like you are enjoying some overdue family time. Is Barb enjoying her diapers? Lisa won't let me get those yet. She says getting up to use the bathroom is the only excersize I get.

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    1. She says we can save them for you as they are one size fits all!

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  10. Wow you really know how to pick great gifts for your wife!! Lol. The sign is a good one too. Looks like a great time with the whole family in some amazing places. Great pics of Crater Lake. Enjoy your time there and maybe test that new scope so Barb isn't disappointed when it's her turn ;)

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    1. That is our second time to Crater Lake, I think it is impossible to take a bad picture there!

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  11. Looks like you guys are having a great time!!
    Great part of the country 😎

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    1. It is so beautiful in this area, although it snowed today. It is a little early for that!

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  12. Looks like a great way to celebrate a birthday milestone, family and good food, what more can you need. We've got the same milestones coming up next year. Nice family photos.

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