The self-appointed ‘Twelve Days of Birthday’ in which I celebrated the twelve days leading up to, and including, my husband’s twenty-second birthday. I must say it has renewed my thankfulness for who he is, all that he does and the joy he has and continues to bring me.
The past two weeks have been full of adventure as I have surprised him with little presents, activities and treats each day. My husband remarked to me that I was more excited about his birthday than he was and, in a sense, that was true as the planning aspect of each day had me on the edge of my seat. In addition to celebrating the amazing life of my husband, the flurry of the past two weeks has ‘rekindled’ our love, reminding us of our college days.
Day 10 – We ate a candle-lite dinner by the fireplace of flank steak and asparagus with goat cheese while watching an episode of Psych, my husband’s choice of show.
Day 11 – My husband and I had dinner with both sets of parents at Claim Jumper, a restaurant tradition we have had every for his birthday since we have been together.
Day 12 – Happy Birthday to my amazing, talented and loving man! We woke up and began the day with homemade eggnog lattes and warm streusel cinnamon bread. Additionally, he opened the remaining presents I had bought for him. Later that evening we went out to Blue Nami to enjoy a dinner of sushi with some of our college friends who had invested in C.Jay during his time at William Jessup University.
Birthday breakfast and presents
Blue Nami sushi dinner.
Not only did I have a thrilling time planning each day’s ‘surprise’ for my husband, but my husband enjoyed receiving the love language of gifts from me. Who knows, I just may have begun a family tradition for us!
As the birthday festivities continue, here is a quick snapshot of how my husband and I celebrated his upcoming birthday this week.
Day 5 – Star gazing
Day 6 – Homemade s’mores over the grill
Day 7 – Encouraging notes hidden in random places, including my husband’s sock drawer and computer bag
Day 8 – Letting my husband choose his favorite television shows for us to watch
Day 9 – Hot tubbing with a glass of red wine
Birthday celebrations are definitely under way for my husband’s birthday. Today my husband and I visited Barnes and Noble, his favorite book store to purchase a new book for him. We also visited The Fountains, a quaint shopping center of boutiques that are centrally located around a beautiful fountain (hence the name). At The Fountains, we perused through Sur La Table, our favorite cooking ware store, while sipping lattes from Peet’s. We finished the relaxing evening by sitting on a bench by the fountain and chatting. 8 days until my husband’s birthday!
Today marked the third day of the birthday challenge I set for myself: celebrating the twelve days leading up to my husband’s 22nd birthday. As mentioned in my post yesterday, I am putting a spin on the well-known Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
Day three’s (today) present consisted of me writing a short list of ten reasons why I love my husband, since his second type of “love language” is words of affirmation. It has been fun to think of creative little ways to express my appreciation for my husband as well as celebrating his life. He thinks I’m a bit gung-ho about the two week festivities but gifts are my way of expressing my love for him. And it’s been reminding me to be grateful for such an AMAZING husband while not taking him for granted!