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The Big Surprise

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Mommy, we need you and Daddy to stay asleep for a little while longer. We are working on a project.

Those few words were just enough to strike fear into my heart. A project?? What kind of project could a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old be doing that does not include (a) a mess; (b) blood; (c) both??

It was a very complicated “project” and I was informed on the way to camp that it would be ready for us when we got home later that evening.


Mom and Dad, Please go through the gate to your room. there [sic] open. from Beernut! PS: Please stay there!

This was hanging on the front door when I got home from work.

Go to my room? Stay there until I received further instructions?? I’m liking this surprise already!

Ninety minutes later, PC arrived home and came around back. Within moments, Beernut, Poppyseed, and Peach appeared.

our hosts

Follow us.

And so we did. Our hosts led us on a tour, showing us each station that had been prepared for the evening.

The Wii Master

the music center

May we show you to your table?

being seated

Once seated, we were given a menu.

the menu

Menu. Snacks: salad or chips. Drinks: milk, water, beer (a lot), diet coke, apple juice. Todays special: cheddar cheese and pasta, Poppyseed’s salad dressing (crossed out with the words “it was aful [sic]” next to it!).

our waitress
There was a separate kids’ menu and also a couple of options given verbally by our server, Poppyseed.

It was not the fanciest meal. In fact, the fare was rather disjointed. But it was made with such care and love.

wii time
The first after-dinner activity was Wii. PC and I got to play the game of our choice (WarioWare Smooth Moves) and battle for the title, Wii Master.

I lost.

But we had so much fun…

who's following whom

The final activity for the evening was held at the music center on the patio in the garden. Beernut had set up the CD player. Lenny Kravitz. Good choice, Beernut! Truth-be-told, the kids did the dancing while the happy parents did the watching.

It was a lovely evening. One filled with food, family, and fun. One that bore a great deal of similarity to the evenings on our cruise…

Thanks, kids. We loved every minute of it!

love note

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    Tuesday, 4 August 2009 11:20 pm

    they were telling me all about this the other night!

  2. Wednesday, 5 August 2009 8:30 am

    These kids are keepers!

  3. Wednesday, 5 August 2009 8:45 am


    Wow. How cool is that.

    oh, and I love the elmo shirt:-)

  4. jamimess permalink
    Wednesday, 5 August 2009 10:14 am

    That is INCREDIBLY sweet!

  5. Wednesday, 5 August 2009 11:48 am

    That is so sweet I can’t STAND it!!!!!

  6. knittnkitten permalink
    Thursday, 6 August 2009 4:06 pm

    Oh my!
    Can I borrow your children?
    I’ll give them back, if you’d like!

  7. Monday, 10 August 2009 2:51 pm

    aw, that was so worth the wait after all your facebook teases!

  8. Wednesday, 19 August 2009 8:12 am

    Sounds so special!!

  9. Wednesday, 19 August 2009 4:33 pm

    Awesome. Was there an occasion?

  10. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Wednesday, 19 August 2009 8:51 pm

    @Megan — they were so excited about what they had done!
    @Irene — oh, they are only keepers **some** of the time. Times like these 😉
    @Phyl — it was pretty cute. And that shirt?? It’s his jammies. Kid wore it ALL day.
    @Jaminess and @ImaUndercover– it really was very sweet and so very heartfelt.
    @Knittnkitten — anytime! And don’t feel rushed to return them 😉
    @Marjorie — so glad. Sometime the build-up outshines the reality.
    @Riv — it was very special. Espcially how serious they were about the whole thing.
    @PG — according to the kids, this was to make up for their ill-behaviour on the cruise.

  11. Saturday, 22 August 2009 1:29 pm

    May you know only joy from your kids!!

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