My sister, Katy let us know way back in the spring that she was going to have a surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law, Clay for his 30th birthday. So we have been planning the trip and everyone was sworn to secrecy...no emailing or talking to Katy about it in case Clay snooped and found out. So my mom, who had a longer 8 hour trip compared to our 4 hours to Abilene went down there on Friday and then we met her there on Saturday. We had to spend the rest of that day there hiding from Clay. His friend had taken him to play golf while Katy supposedly hung out with his wife all day. She actually went with his wife and mom for a pedicure and then had lunch with us! We met up with them at Abuelo's.
Marjorie at lunch at Abuelo's
Lillian and Andrew with the Abuelo's statue
After lunch, Katy had to go set up for the party and get ready, so we went with mom back to the hotel we would be staying in. The kids were so excited because they didn't remember staying in a hotel before since they were very young the last time we have stayed in one. And this one had an indoor swimming pool, so that was also a fun new experience for them.
Lillian jumping into the hotel pool
Grandma Teddy and Andrew in the hotel pool
After spending some time in the pool and getting ready, we headed to the restaurant in Abilene for Clay's big surprise. We were there about 20 minutes before his arrival and everyone was getting excited. No one was quite sure if he would really be surprised or not. Then when he finally arrived, we gathered facing the door and yelled "Surprise!" and we saw Clay's surprise face. We definitely got him. Especially us that had come so far and hid out without him knowing. Good job, Katy! I think the hardest part for all of us was not being able to post any pictures on facebook of what we were doing all day because he would see where we were.
Clay, Katy, and Parker
Clay opening his gift from us while Lillian watches closely
Marjorie was excited to sit with Grandma Teddy
Clay with Andrew and Lillian definitely not posing
Marjorie with Uncle Clay..."Who is this guy!?"
And this picture pretty much sums up the rest of the weekend and Monday. Marjorie didn't sleep well in the hotel room with me, Mom, Lillian and Andrew all there. She went to bed late and then couldn't go to sleep with all that was going on. We learned we will definitely need a separate room for her nexttime or suite with rooms. She was exhausted and slept like this all the way to Katy's the next day. Then was tired and crabby the rest of the day, so I didn't take pictures of us out swimming at Katy's house or anything and then we spent today driving back home. It was a fun, but very tiring weekend! We had a good time though and hope Clay had a great birthday! We were glad we could be there to celebrate!