My mom is turning 70 years old next week. Several weeks ago we decided to plan a surprise birthday party for her. We chose to have the party before her birthday on December 30th, (because more of her children would be in town for the Christmas holiday). She normally works in the temple on Friday nights, so we asked her to arrange for a substitute. We "told her" that we were singing at an "after Christmas party" at my sisters ward. She didn't think much of it, (aside from the fact that the ward was a little crazy for planning a party between Christmas and New Years), so she called a substitute.
The party was held at my sister Monica's church. We invited all of my mom's siblings and their children, all of my dad's siblings and their children. (On a side note--I should mention that my mom has 12 siblings and my dad has 5 siblings. So, yes, there were several people at the party.)
We all arrived at the church 1/2 hour early. We explained to everyone why my mom thought she was coming to the church. When my mom arrived with my sister Lisa and her family, they drove her to an entrance at the rear of the church where we were waiting. My mom wanted my brother-in-law Bob, to drop her off at the front and he just kept driving. She told us later that she was thinking, "What the crap!"
When mom got into the church, we told her we needed to run through a song before we sang. As we practiced in one of the rooms, we all could hardly keep from smiling and laughing. Monica's husband poked his head into the room and told us they were ready for us to sing. We left the room in a hurry, went down the hall to the gym, and made sure my mom was the last one to walk in. She was all business when she was walking in the gym...head down...heading straight for the piano. It was beyond HILARIOUS when everyone yelled "Surprise!" She was so completely confused for a few minutes. Then she turned to all of us girls and said, "Did you guys know about this?" We all just started laughing.
I wish I could post ALL the pictures that I took that night...but there are just TOO many. Here are a few...
|The Family Tree|
(Included Doug and Deanna's children, their spouses and children)
After everyone had a chance to visit for awhile, we had a program planned. It was...
The Lifetime Over Achiever Award
|Kory wrote a song for my mom. The tune is "Grandma's Feather Bed". The words are below.|
|Tears of laughter at Kory's song|
|After the party...still hanging out and visiting.|
|Congratulations on your award Mom!|
|The Lifetime Over Achiever Award|
My sister Heather put together a video that we showed that night. It just makes me laugh. It is an interview of all the grand kids. It is posted below.
It was my assignment to create a slide show for the program. After MANY MANY hours of scanning and working, I was able to complete it...anything for my mom.
If you are interested in watching it, it is posted below.
Don't forget to pause the music off to the right before you press play.