Surprise 30th Birthday Celebration

7.13.2016

On July 2, my entire family drove up from Texas to surprise me for my birthday! Jordan schemed with my mom, and I was completely and utterly shocked. I thought Jordan, R, and I were heading out to eat downtown for an early birthday date. We parked and started walking toward a table in the back, and I was literally standing right in front of them before I saw everyone. It was so, so fun!
When we got back to the house, they sent me to my room to wait while they decorated and hung some streamers. There were cupcakes and ice cream and presents, and Jordan's parents came over too!
^^^ My sister made this for me. So fun!

My family had brought air mattresses and packed bags to stay overnight. The next morning, we all got up and went to the zoo! It was R's first time and the zoo, and she loved it. And by loved it, I mean she sat quietly in the stroller and then fell asleep as we were leaving.
For lunch my mom had brought my favorite entree from one of my favorite Italian restaurants, and she had made a delicious ice cream cake! Jordan and I have birthdays one week apart, so we blew out the candles together.
*Please ignore the giant trophy on our mantel. That is 100% Jordan's doing. He had a video game competition with his friends, and he won. And now we have that. There's also a Rock Band guitar and a Play Station remote up there. Mantel decorations. Nailed it.

I am so thankful for such a wonderful family, and it was so much fun having them celebrate my 30th birthday with me! You guys are my favorites. Below is the video my sister-in-law took of the surprise. I can't believe how close I got before I saw everyone!

If you can't see it below, watch it here.


p.s. Check out Jordan's surprise 30th birthday party!
Charlotte said...

So glad to hear you had such a fun time! Welcome to the 30+ Club! :)
That video is EVERYTHING. The time it takes for you to see them is hilarious.

Brittany said...

This is so awesome. You have a pretty great family...and a pretty great t-shirt.

Lindsay {Typically Late} said...

Happy belated birthday! Looks like such a fun celebration. You had me LOLing over your mantle decorations - my husband and I have an ongoing argument about the fact that my bookshelves on either side of our fireplace are decorated with his Turtle Beach headphones and a giant flag football trophy. He says I don't get to make all the decorating decisions; I say those things would look BEAUTIFUL in the basement. Sigh.

Danielle said...

How special!!

Breenah A said...

Totally digging the mantle decor.
Happy birthday!!!

mark said...

The comments from all of them throughout the video are the best. "She doesn't see us. Nope. No. Not yet. Still nope."

-Tressa

Nadine Lynn said...

Hahahahaahaha and here I thought I was the only adult household rocking a video game trophy from my husband. But nope. Now I know there are two of us.

What a special surprise birthday celebration!!! Sounds like you had a blast! Happy Birthday!!!

Amy said...

How fun!! Happy belated birthday! I turned 30 on June 4th. :) I love the banner your sister made!

Michelle said...

This is so sweet! LOL at the mantel decor. James would probably mount his golf clubs or something if I let him.

Mary Pearson said...

What a lovely surprise! And that 1986 gift from your sister is awesome!

Ali said...

So fun! I'm glad your family was able to celebrate the big 3-0 with you!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

That's such a great birthday surprise! If it makes you feel any better, I probably wouldn't have realized that it was my family until I was right on top of them too!

Susannah said...

Awww... What fun! I'm so glad you had an amazing 30th birthday!

Amy - A Desert Girl said...

Ahh, so fun!! I love that they drove up to surprise you.

Also, I could devour all those cupcakes right now.

Happy belated birthday!

Maria Falls said...

Happy (belated!) Birthday to you! What an awesome surprise!

A perfectly decorated mantle is way overrated :)



Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch said...

That is so so fun! And I'm cracking up that you walked and walked and never saw your family and I love that they kept talking about how you hadn't noticed them. So fun! I'm glad they came up for your birthday to celebrate that's super fun! Happy 30th.

Rachel said...

Aww! How sweet is that!! One of my biggest life goals is to get a surprise party someday...and that's a terrible life goal to have because it's literally impossible to achieve a surprise party for yourself. But I live in hope eternal!!!! :P
What a cool birthday time with all your surprise family staying over--this is definitely one for the record books!

Carolann Chambers said...

Your family is awesome! Based on that video I would say that your family totally nailed the surprise part :) Happy Birthday!!!

Erin LFF said...

Aww- so special! I love how close you and your family are and that they were all able to come celebrate with you. Cracking up at the video and how long it took you to see the, hehe!! Also cracked up at the trophy on the mantel because that totally sounds like something that would happen at our house.

Rebecca Jo said...

I always feel like I'm oblivious when walking too. That's so funny you were right up on them & probably would have kept walking if your hubby didnt say, how about this way. Too funny
That's so sweet your family took time for you - what a great birthday gift.
& your mantel - I so laughed. Especially that there is a trophy for gaming. That's how you do life right :)

Kate said...

High 5 to my fellow 1986 baby! Woo!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh my goodness, that video made me so happy! Look how excited and surprised you were! Just precious! And I find it pretty hilarious that you got SO close before realizing everyone was there. What an awesome surprise! Also, your sister's chalkboard writing skills are awesome!

Lindsay said...

You and your family are adorable! I can't believe how long it took you to notice!
Looooove the mantel decorations ;)
-Linds

Audrey Louise said...

I just love that they surprised you so completely! How fun that you didn't see them and then they ended up spending the night and carrying the celebration into the next day! It sounds like such a fun time!

Rachel Emily said...

Aww yay for great families! So awesome they were able to pull that off for you! That 1986 facts poster is SO fun and such a good idea! MUST remember that for someday!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

awww i love this so much! how awesome is your family, and that shirt is pretty fabulous too. love that thing your sister made, so nifty. and your mantel decorations put ours to shame.... as in, when we moved in, i decided i didn't like the mantel and took it off the wall and we were going to replace. KC was doing the floors so he was right underneath me when I took the mantel off the wall, it was MUCH lighter than I thought it would be and it swung out of my hands and seriously almost decapitated him. It was terrifying haha and we still haven't replaced it.
anyway. happy belated birthday :) hope this is the best year yet!

Victoria said...

That's the best!!!! I love the part about you walking right up to them and not even realizing that it was them. :) The fact that they totally sent you to your room and brought everything to stay the night is hilarious. Your family is fantastic!

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