Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Best Birthday Ever . . .

Finally! A fantastic birthday. I don't think I've had one of those since my 21st (oh what fond memories . . . or at least the part that I can remember). Anyway . . .

I actually kind of forgot about my birthday until Jeff suggested I take the day off. It coordinated perfectly with our need to drive to Buffalo to pick up Jeff's truck that was finally shipped. Imagine my confusion and surprise when he woke me up at 5:30 in the morning on my birthday. He was crouching beside the bed and his cute and obviously excited face was right next to mine. In my confusion, I initially assumed he had some dirty thoughts (sorry, Mom). But, he explained that we needed to get up right away and go get my present. I was still completely in a fog (I am NOT a morning person) . . . so, he finally explained that my birthday present was Becky and that she was waiting for us to pick her up at the Buffalo Airport! It was such a brilliant birthday and perfectly executed by Becky and Jeff. I had absolutely no idea whatsoever.

One of the greatest things about having Becky come to Canada is that now she has a visual sense (that pictures can't convey) of where we live, our neighborhood, our grocery store, our church, the diversity, the city, etc. And, I think it brings us even closer when we talk. I wish everyone could have that. Although, I shed more than one tear when she walked through security at the airport . . . it was really crazy to realize that we will be living here for a few YEARS . . . I am so happy that she spent the weekend with us.

And, Jeff had another trick up his sleeve. Not only did we shop a bit on Friday (and yes - I finally bought another US phone to replace the Blackberry that Gavin dropped and broke on the day we left for Canada), but we spent some time at Niagara Falls, and ate at the Cheesecake Factory . . . but, he made reservations for us at the top of the CN Tower (the world's tallest building) at the revolving 360 Restaurant on Saturday night. Other than the first five minutes or so, when Becky and I both (who share a tendency for motion sickness) came to grips with the fast-moving elevator and moving floor, it was phenomenal. The pictures don't do it justice.

So, happy birthday to me. And, the biggest thank you to my incredible husband who never ceases to amaze me. And, to Becky (and her family for giving her up for a weekend) for making it so special.


  1. It looks like Jeff made up for your 30th birthday. That's so fun that Becky could come visit you. I wish I had moved somewhere as exicting as you have, but I guess I can drive home a little easier than you can. lol I'm so glad I can still see what you're doing and I can't believe how big Gavin is getting or how blonde his hair is. Love, Amber

  2. What fun times! I'm so glad Becky could head your way and celebrate in the fun! Happy belated Birthday!

  3. Karen it is so fun to hear about your Canadian experiences. Your list of likes and dislikes had me laughing out loud.. You crack me up girl!!! I am so glad Becky was able to come see you, she was so excited. It is fun to see pics keep them coming :)

  4. Happy Birthday! I am so glad you had such a great day. Gavin & Jeff look more alike each day, except the blonde hair.

  5. I had the greatest time coming there and am also glad that I now know where you are and how you live. Although it is very hard now seeing you in a new place and now seeing someone else come in and out of your home across the street, I can't wait for you to hurry home. I couldn't help but notice you saying you'll be there a "few years", a few is more than 2 whats up with that? Love you guys talk to you soon!