Forgive me if I get all sappy in this post, but looking at these pictures of this sweet man I married make me so happy and grateful. He is so good, and every bit of the family man I dreamed and thought he would be when we were dating all those years ago. I've known him for 14 years! Crazy, I tell ya.
Last year I felt bad because his birthday turned out a little lame. I had all these big intentions, but with a newborn baby and traveling for Christmas and lots of visitors, most of my grand ideas didn't pan out. One of the ideas I had last year, that I found on Pinterest (of course!), was to fill up a jar full of chocolate kisses and have an equal amount of little love notes/memories in the jar, too. The idea was that he'd have a kiss and note from me at work every day for a year. Well, truth be told, I got the kisses and started making the notes and ran out of time to make enough before his birthday. (I think I came up with this game plan the afternoon of his birthday last year. Yeah, it didn't happen. What did happen was I ate an entire huge bag of hershey kisses.)
So this year, I wanted to work with the notes I'd been coming up with and I wanted to get the kids involved too. So instead of a jar, we made a treasure chest, filled it with kisses, and we all made notes and memories for him. Then we came up with rhymes that sent him all over town to find his treasure. This was SO fun for us all, and I could tell Will loved it too. Anyway, these first pictures are of him reading his first clue. We were all so excited!
Later that evening we went to Will's parent's house for an amazing Mexican dinner. So, so, so good! And I love how when everyone sang to him and watched him open presents, he practically had kids sitting on top of him wanting to be near him. I would've liked to be near him, too, but I'm too busy taking pictures and keeping Charlie out of trouble. That boy is on the move these days, and it's kind of my favorite.
Happy 36th birthday to my love!
PS. I took most of the treasure hunt pics and videos on my phone, so I'll have to come back later and insert those. Sometimes I feel like keeping up with pictures is a full-time gig. I never ever regret the time I take to document our lives, though. It is so worth it.
PPS. The ghetto-looking cake was made by yours truly. Angel food cake from scratch is touchy!
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