What a fun day it was for Dad!! And even though our children are grown and out of the house, we still carry on "Tradition!" I had prepared a lot of things last night...a treasure hunt with the first clue under the birthday boy's chair, presents wrapped (and one hidden), breakfast table set with the "red setting" for the birthday boy, and a sign...I don't do very good with that!!
We got up early like usual, and after cleaning up, I made breakfast: fried eggs, hash browns, bacon, toast and hot chocolate. It was tasty! Rod opened his gift from the kids and we got a good laugh about the spelling on the shirt:
3 p's in PapaBear... hmmmm...different spelling all the way around!! But he loved the shirt!
After that, I stood up, twirled around singing "Tradition Tradition" and he knew right where to look for the first clue! After several clues (that I had to remind him actually rhymed!), he found his present...at least the one at the end of this particular treasure hunt!
Then Rod left for school, and my work really began! I made a triple batch of brownies, then made the german chocolate cake minus the frosting, then drove to the store for balloons, then headed for the high school! I grabbed a few kids from Mr. Lang's classroom next door to Rod's, who helped carry brownies and balloons in, and helped sing Happy Birthday. I gave them each a brownie before they left, then recruited some of "Mr. Hunt's" students to help dish up brownies for his class.
While they were eating, I told them a few things they didn't know about their teacher...like how long he has taught in that classroom (24 years!), that he taught each of his children at one time or another in that classroom, that he was on the BYU Folk Dance team, that we met at a team night dance practice where I had just "happened" to go with a different guy, but came home with "Mr. Hunt" because we were lined up as dance partners, and I finagled a ride home with him...and a few other things. When I was getting ready to leave, Rod mentioned that they would get back to their studying the heart. I quickly responded that everything I said had to do with the heart because it had to do with how much I LOVE Mr. Hunt!! The kids seemed to enjoy getting to know another side of their teacher!! (Wished I would have thought to take some pictures!!)
After that, I went home and went horseback riding...but things got a little carried away and I was gone from 1:00 until nearly 5:00...when we were expected up at Amelia's house where she and Natalee had made all the preparations for their dad's birthday dinner!! Oops!
Actually, it turned out well because they weren't ready and needed a little extra time. (I was also waiting for Rod's REAL present to be delivered because Dezmond was making a treasure hunt for his Grandpa, with the last clue leading to the trunk of the car! It didn't arrive before we left, so we made a quick contingency plan!!)
The Fiesta the girls planned was perfect, complete with mustaches and all!!
What a fun time. And of course the food was great with build-your-own burrito supremes, and spanish rice, corn and black beans. Yum! And then the birthday-boy's favorite birthday cake: homemade German Chocolate cake!! Delicious!
What a fun day!! (Even though I took the picture without Rod smiling!)