Monday last week, he got his beautiful new guitar.
Tuesday, we went to the casino with my mom.
Wednesday, we went to the casino with my mom, dad, and my nephew.
Thursday and Friday, no school!
Saturday, SURPRISE PARTY!!!!!!!!
I have been planning this for about two months. Andrew didn't know, but claims that he thought I might have a surprise party at some point (whatever).
Andrew had ten friends waiting at one of our favorite thai restaurants.
We had this elaborate setup planned to get him there: He had a guitar lesson with my friends 11-yr old daughter, Cassidy, and so I told him that I was going with her mom to do some fundraising stuff for our volunteer project, and we were all going to meet up for dinner - so just meet us at the restaurant. Great, sure, whatever, mom.
And off I went, 6pm on a Saturday night, wearing a sweatshirt - to do fundraising??
Anyway, you know how the rest goes. Here's some photos:
|The Kids Table|
|The Adult Table|
|The Birthday Banner made an appearance!|
|Thanks to Fed Ex for having the envelopes that have a zip-pull opener-thing so it was more like the tv show!|
And fast was the theme of the night.
Clue one led them to our local Bullwinkles (kinda like a Chuck E Cheese place) where they had to exchange 38 tickets for their next clue.Andrew's team had this done in just a couple minutes by begging some kid for some of his tickets. Had I really planned better, I would have made it a HUGE number, but I gave them all money for that leg of the race and didn't want them to have to spend any personal money and I suspect Bullwinkles wouldn't have been so happy to help if I had groups of teens harassing their customers.
Clue two led to a park down the road, where there were ribbons tied on the monkey bars. Each team had to untie ribbons until they found one with an X on it.
Singing to us in the park:
Filling a water bowl using a little dipping sauce container and water pooled in a fountain area:
And then ending at the bowling alley with the winning team being whoever bowled a strike first!
I originally had a few more clues, but took them out of the race because I felt like it was going to take FOREVER, but instead, we ended up with one team zipping right through everything - Andrew's team - and they finished all the tasks an hour earlier than we could get to the bowling lanes!
But in the tv show, The Amazing Race, sometimes they arrive at a location and find that it's closed and they have to wait until it opens....and that's what happened in last night's race with Andrew's friends. Who knew they would go so fast???
Anyway, the race ended and the team in second place actually won, beating out Andrews team.
Everyone said they had a great time and I even got a few thank you emails today from some of the teens!
And THAT was proof of a successful birthday party!