I turned 27 a little over 2 months ago, and had an
Todd went above and beyond this year to make me feel special on my birthday. He planned a surprise dinner-dance party, contacted old and new friends and family to get their special birthday wishes and song dedications.
You may be interested to know how he surprised me, if I was really surprised, and what kind of song list was created. So . . .
The night of the party, the day after my birthday, I planned to make hotdogs (and various sides) for my family for dinner. My only responsibility was to unlock the community room in our village for some committee's meeting at 6 o'clock. It would only take 5 minutes and Todd said he'd be home in time for me to do so and then we'd enjoy dinner together. When 5 to 6 rolled around Todd came running up to the front door. I was there waiting with my keys in hand. I gave him a kiss and told him I'd be back in 5 minutes, and that my dear friend, Ashlee, had offered to make us dinner and it would be there soon.
Wasn't that nice of her!? I thought so. I really had no care in the world!
As I walked out the door Todd asked if he and the kids could join me. How nice! I thought. It was such a beautiful evening, and I would have loved the company. So, they joined me. When we got to the community room and I unlocked the door I noticed tables, and chairs, and thought that some committee was really planning something big! I was impressed!
Then everybody yelled SURPRISE!, Todd, turned on the lights and I was so pleasantly surprised and shocked and flattered and happy and overwhelmed and surprised and . . . and bundles of kids ran up to hug me. It was awesome.
I almost wanted to cry but didn't.
Todd said he was glad I didn't cry.
Todd (with the help of some friends) had prepared a hotdog dinner with sides, cake, a song/Rachel trivia game, and dance. Everyone ate, we played the game, had cake, and danced and played the night away.
Yes. I was totally, truthfully surprised. He pulled it off. Y'all pulled it off. I was oblivious. It was so fun.
The song list is quite an eclectic one as you can imagine. I love them all. Thanks for your requests and kind words, and help in putting the party on!!
Here are the songs, in no particular order:
Just Like Heaven by the Cure (and Katie Melua) - Todd
You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone - Grandma and Grandpa
I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis - Sarah
The Longest Day by Megafun - Nicole and Layne
Love by Matt White - Rachel
To Be With You by Mr. Big - Ashton
Bubble Toes by Jack Johnson - Jenny
Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - Alpha
Dance, dance, dance by the Steve Miller Band - Erin
Gold Digger by Kanye West - Meg (and all the fatties)
Home by Phillip Phillips - Margo
Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammar - Margo
Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam - Theo
Jump! by Van Halen - Zac
Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel - Mom and Dad
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens - Mom and Dad
La Vida Es Bella by Ernesto Cortazar - Steven
Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf - Marie
Something That I Want by Grace Porter - Ashlee and Corey
Don't Stop Lovin' Me by Pomplamoose - Alysa and Jacob
Magneto and titanium Man by Wings - Chelsea
Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel - Nick
Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles - Emily
Dynamite by T. Cruise - Jeff and Emily
Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel - Jeff and Melanie
If You're Happy and You Know It by Go Fish - Talitha
Club Can't Handle Me by Flo Rida - Michael and Taizsa
Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson - Marianne
Forever Young by Alphaville - Bill and Kristin
Lluvia Cae by Enrique Iglesias - Matt and Jess
Try by PINK - Peter and Julie
Proud Mary by Tina Turner - Andy and Danette
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison - Tasha and James
Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae - Lisel and Christian
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper - Mabel
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Henry
Mama Tried - Pop