This year I planned a very social weekend away for Spouse's birthday but kept all the details a secret. I told him to simply pack casual clothes and don't try to figure everything out.
So Sat morning we drove to the DC area where we used to live and arrived just in time for lunch at the Taco House with our friends Jeff, Shaun, Brandon and David. Spouse was happily surprised to see them, and of course equally happy to eat at our longtime favorite Mexican restaurant. I'd emailed in advance to be sure the owners (who are also friends) Juan & Gloria would be there, so we had a nice reunion with them too. Unfortunately I took no photos.
Next we drove over to have a short visit with our good friends Bugsy & Roger. It had been about a year since we'd seen them at our house so we enjoyed a nice, relaxing visit at their home. Again I took no photos.
Then we drove several miles south to the area where I grew up, but that has changed quite a bit. Spouse knows that our friend Carl lives there so he guessed we were either going to Carl's house or meeting him somewhere for dinner. But instead, we arrived at a hotel and checked in. After a few minutes of relaxing and changing our clothes, we went to a hip bar/restaurant nearby. Waiting for us to arrive was Carl, Kerry & Hugh, Kelly, Kim, Justine & Liz, Harriet & Bob, Ana & Jose, Javier, and Emily & Brandon! This time I managed to take a few photos but they're pretty bad.
|L-R: Kelly, Javier, Harriet, Bob, Jose, Ana, Hugh, Kerry|
|L-R: Carl, Kim|
|L-R: Kerry, Justine, Liz, me|
|The birthday boy|
About 3 hours later everyone left except Kerry & Hugh and Carl, so the servers moved us to a smaller table where we ordered a couple desserts to share and continued visiting. We had a lovely, lovely birthday dinner, as well as a fun day overall. We got back to the hotel and crashed.
The next morning we showered, checked out, and headed back north to Spouse's sister's house. Waiting for us there was his sister, her husband, her 2 sons, and Spouse's brother and his wife. 'The family' had a yummy brunch and visited for a couple hours before heading home to DE.
Spouse complimented me on the terrific birthday weekend and said it was probably his favorite ever.
Sharing Spouse's birthday, although completely overlooked this year, is Walter who turned 5 years old. We adopted him in Sept but were told he was born on July 20, the same day as Spouse. That is why Walter's middle name is the same as Spouse's first name.