We’re celebrating Husbands birthday all week end long. It started yesterday by taking him out to lunch (no C1; he got to play with friends while we were out). We went to Fiesta Mexicana Restaurants up in Lincoln Park area. It was good food, great service and the decor was nice, but not over bearing. During lunch I gave hubby his birthday card; with a surprise present in it. Tickets to go see Blue Man Group; that day; right after lunch. I’m not good at keeping secrets from Hubby and it was hard to keep this one. I would tell him how excited I was for our date and he couldn’t figure out why, we were just going out to lunch; but I knew we were going to a show as well. For the past two weeks, Hubby has been trying to guess what I got him for his birthday.Lunch didn’t take quite as long as I thought it would so we walked up the street a bit and found a Cookie Bar desert place. We walked in and almost became diabetic, you could smell the sugar. We made custom ice cream sandwiches. I got peanut butter cup ice cream with a peanut butter cookie on one side and sugar cookie on the other. Hubby got the chocolate ice cream with a mint flavor cookie and classic chocolate chip cookie on the other side. Sugar overload, but it was so yummy.
I used a coupon code to get free tickets to the Sky Deck at Sears/Willis Tower; and ended up getting front row seats for only a few dollars more per person. Score! As we took our seats we put on our ponchos to protect us from paint splatters. During the show they do 3 canvases of art with the splashed paint; as they went to hand out the first one, I kept yelling that it was Hubby’s birthday, so they handed me the first splatter of the night! I’m not the type of person that wins things, so this was oober exciting to get. During the show; two of the three men walk out into the audience by walking on the arm rests of the seats. They grabbed our heads for stability and climbed their way back. Blue Man Group is such an interactive type of show; and such a fun treat. Hubby was able to bring out his inner child and as I looked over at him, he looked so happy and I just know this surprise gift was a HUGE success and that he loved every minute of it.
On our way out the door we saw some of the Blue Men out to take pictures with, and to make it quick, Hubby took one of me with the splatter painting with one of the Men. The picture isn’t the best because we were trying to be fast about it. Usually I’m the one to blink in a picture, but this time it was the other guy. And depending on how you look at it, I’m holding the picture upside down. We’re going to hang it in our house with the other side up.
GUEST POST ADD ON FROM THE HUBBY:
This Mom took me (Hubby) to see the Blue Man Group for my birthday. I have wanted to see them for some time now, but not nearly as much as This Mom did. However, I must say that it was one of the greatest birthday presents ever.
For those who are unfamiliar, the conceit of the Blue Man Group is that they are three blue aliens interacting with the Human world for the first time. The show itself is actually a modern vaudeville show, with individual sketches and improvised music. There is a fair amount of social satire, and I was surprised at the wit that most of the audience did not get. Also, the show is incredibly interactive, in that the Blue Men would literally walk out into the audience, and the occasional announcements would request that the audience do things like cheer, stand up and so on. On the whole, it was one of the most immersive and entertaining things I have ever been to in my life. I would totally go again, and while the tickets were more expensive than a few movies, I doubt I have seen any sum of movies as worthwhile as this show.
Insofar as we have been to several shows this year, starting with the Lion King, and including the Million Dollar Quartet, The Nutcracker, and of course Blue Man Group I am really enjoying live entertainment much more than anything else that I have habitually enjoyed. In fact, some of the shows have really reawakened in me an enjoyment of life that I had feared I had lost to the cynicism of the monastic scholastic life. I really hope that we can continue to attend these productions. It is a blast.
Back To This Mom Speaking:
Tonight (Sunday evening); we had some friends over for dinner and enjoyed their company. Then my cousin and his roommate stopped by on his way back up to Wisconsin. We all endulged in some cake (that I decorated) and ice cream (both mint chocolate, hubby’s favorite). Thank you all for coming by. Cousin, it was great to see you again, hope you do well in school this semester.
Once the guests had gone we decided to open presents tonight instead of tomorrow (his actual birthday). His Mom got him a nice book “One to Sing, One to Haul” (sailor duets); a sweet card from my Mom, and I made him some pj pants that he picked out the fabric for. I plan to make C1 some matching pants for when he’s 1, 2 or 3 (I might have enough fabric to make for each age). None for me thanks, I think they look like clown pants.
My dear, I hope you had a wonderful birthday and know how glad I am to be your wife. Happy Birthday.