{Surprise} Party in Arizona!

by fitforthesoul in

Hi guys!  After being absent from the cyber world for about 3 days, I think it’s safe to say that I’m physically and mentally recharged.  The 3 of us took a much needed break and drove east to Arizona on Friday afternoon. Long story short—my mother in law turned 60 on Saturday, and as exciting as it may seem to all of you (I know I know, you all can’t wait to be 60, hah!), she has been dreading that number for so long that instead of staying in Kansas where they live, she and my father in law FLED to Arizona where they usually take their vacation.

Lo and behold, all her efforts were in vain because Greg’s dad had been planning a surprise party for months!  Hahaha.  Their relatives and friends all agreed to fly to Arizona to throw this party for her, and as you can see evidenced below, we were extremely excited to partake in the celebration.  I’m not sure how it all turned out so perfectly, but with the help of friends and family the event was successful and we got to show her how much she is loved, appreciated, and admired by all of us.

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There’s a little “evil” part in us that truly enjoyed reminding her that she is now 60 years old!  She can definitely run, but she most definitely can’t hide. Winking smile

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The night we arrived it was already midnight, and seeing as how Selah slept away half of the ride to Arizona, she wasn’t the least bit tired…until 3:30 am.  Yikes!  Greg and I felt like passing out the second we stepped into the hotel room, but Selah kept us up so we did what normal people do—take pictures and watch Lego Friends (her favorite movie)!  We finally got her to fall asleep in the Pack ‘N Play as we lulled her to Jewel’s ethereal voice.

Seriously guys, if you are a new parent or currently expecting, I highly suggest you buys Jewel’s lullabies because they work magic for the first few months post partum.  Hey, it even helps Selah fall asleep in times like these!  Her music often lulled Selah to sleep when she was a newborn and thus, saved us from becoming sleepless zombies. Open-mouthed smile

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Saturday we all met at noon at a country club located in Peoria.  As we patiently waited for Sharon we got to catch up with the family.

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I figured that I would start snapping some photos for Sharon since I was sure she would want them in print.  Although I’m kind of disappointed with the results, I’m happy that I was able to help with the pictures!  Put my hobby to good use, you know?

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Sharon is so loved that there were at least 30 of us in the party!  I couldn’t tell you how many family group pictures I got to take that day, but some of my favorites were the ones with the kids running around.

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Seeing them have fun was probably the main focus for the majority of us.


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Also, seeing Selah reconnect with her gramma was so precious, and I’m starting to think that she can finally retain some long term memory now because of their interaction!


On Sunday we took a 2 hour walk at the Rio Vista Community Park and had a blast on the swings.  Ahem, it wasn’t just Selah who loved it…because mommy here is still like a kid herself and swung away for quite a while, hah!  I’m sure the other parents couldn’t tell who was the baby in the family.

Yesterday we drove back home and made it before 3 pm, which left us with plenty of daylight and time to do chores around the house.  I made it a point to unpack right away (who am I?) and shop for groceries as well.  In a sense, I think motherhood has changed me a lot in that I try to be diligent with every second I get.

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Although we were pretty sad to leave the family, there are some positives to being back home…I get to eat my favorite breakfast dishes, like these oat pancakes with almond butter, yogurt, frozen cherries, and almond butter!  Mmmmm….Always look at the bright side of things, right?

I hope you have a lovely day and let’s make the most of it!

Have you thrown a surprise party away from home?  If so, how did it turn out?

What are some foods and dishes that you really miss when you’re traveling?


Ellie <33