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Monday, 8 October 2007

Happy Birthday Dad!

My folks flew in from interstate, on Friday. We caught up with my younger brother for dinner, as it was his birthday. Saturday we sat around watching Pride and Prejudice, the BBC (240 minute!) version! And Sunday was Dad's birthday.

There's a bit of a funny story regarding Dad's birthday. About 3 months ago, I was flicking through my calendar in the months ahead. "OOOoooo! Dad's 60 this year! I'd better organise something!" So I checked flights/accomodation/car hire etc, for all four of us, to go "surprise" visit them. It came in close to $5k, which was about $4k more than I really wanted to spend!!! So, it occured to me, it would be a lot cheaper, and more practical to pay for them to come here!!! So I contacted their boss, and asked if he could have the time off for his 60th, I was going to surprise them with flights, and throw a surprise party on his birthday. The boss agreed, that would be great. So I went straight online, and booked two return flights for them. I emailed one of my brothers (also interstate) and told him what I'd done, and asked if they could come over for the weekend of Dad's birthday. He wasn't sure. He'd just started a new job, and all. In the background my sister-in-law is saying "Isn't he 59?" I said, No! He's 60! I asked T, and he said, maybe check our employee records, coz Dad used to work for us! So I did. He's 59!!!! OH NO!!! I've booked the flights, started planning a surprise party!!!

I sent the flight itinerary to Dad on Fathers Day, with a Happy Birthday message too! He was very surprised and they were very grateful! I decided to go ahead with the party, this is what i wrote on the invitations:
"The flights are booked and paid for, so we're having a Surprise 60th party! He will be very surprised, because he's only 59!!!"


Alot of people were away this weekend, so only about 18 people were able to come. But it was just perfect. Dad was rapt. I put the number 59 & 60 candles on his cake, he was a bit confused, he just thought everyone was there for his (59th) birthday! I proceeded to explain to everyone, (including Dad - he had no idea, about my mistake!) the whole story!



I'm such an idiot sometimes!!! Thankfully a good time was had by all - and Dad thought it was hilarious!

So Happy 59th (and 60th - coz I'm not buying tickets for you next year!!!) Dad!!! (he has nuts in his mouth... hence the funny smile!!!)


3 Generations of Girls! Good grief I'm looking like my Mother more everyday!!!

(H took this photo! Not a bad effort from a 5 year old?!!! Although this was about the 6th attempt to get all our heads in, all smiling, and no-one blinking!!!)

15 comments:

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVED your story-one for the books! Looks like it was a smashing success!

Special K said...

Very funny! Sounds like something I'd do.

Happy 59th & 60th Birthday Dad!

i-Con said...

That's a great story...nothing like celebrating the big 60 a tad early!

Great photos of all :0)

cougchick said...

That is hysterical! I'm glad it all worked out. What a great daughter, you are. BTW, the picture of "the girls" is great. Your lookin good lady!!!

Chelley said...

Hey why not think of just taking the whole year to turn 60!! hehe You were jsut getting the party started!!!

Love the 3 generation pic! You really see the family resemblance..

And H is really becoming the little photograhper!! Does he have his own cam?

amy said...

Ok that was a good story..glad everyone had a good time

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Happy 59th to your Dad! Too funny!

Love the 3 generations pic. Three beautiful ladies!

A Special Family said...

Oh how lovely, a real surprise since it is a year early! What a beautiful family you are!

Thank you for your kind words. I will be in Sydney, so pretty far from where you are sadly...

rubyiscoming said...

great story and wunderbar photos :)

Doris & Dan said...

That is too funny!! Happy (insert your own number here) Birthday!!

Always a great time to be with family.

Keep smilin!

Elisa, Jarrod, Thomas & Zoe said...

I am LMAO, that is soo funny, well it will be a Birthday to remember even if it was not a huge milestone!

Gen S said...

Hilarious and nice to know that I'm no the only one who makes those mistakes!!!!

I'm sure it was a hit, after all who wouldn't have a happy birthday surrounded by a bunch of beautiful gals!

A Special Family said...

Still think you are all beautiful :)

Melissa said...

You do like alike in these photos. Happy Birthday to your dad.

Lisa and Doug said...

What a funny story! Happy birthday to your dad! Great picture of all the girls!