Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Teenager

Cole will be thirteen on Saturday (there are so many blog posts to branch off of that statement!).  When I asked him what he wanted and wanted to do for his birthday, he said he wanted a surprise party.  In case you have his logic, here is my primary argument with that:  you can't ask for a surprise party.  Kind of defeats the purpose.  So of course, I said no.  Then I promptly tried to come up with an idea that would satisfy his need for excitement, anticipation and surprise.  This was the best I could do.

I called Kelly and asked if we could borrow him on her night.  She graciously said yes.  So we showed up at her house around 5:15 to "kidnap" him.  We blindfolded him and instructed him not to ask any questions.

I had Cory turn down some random streets.  When we got to a cul-de-sac, I took Cole out of the car (I may or may not have walking him into the car door...depends who you ask.), and walked him around the car.  And then had him get back in.  A blind-folded Chinese fire drill.  WAY fun for ME!

Cory led him into the restaurant.  He was totally messing with him the whole time.  "Okay, step UP."  "Okay, step DOWN."  When there were no steps.  Man, I wish I'd have videotaped it.

The only photo I didn't get is the "Surprise" photo. But he was so happy.  He felt very special, and loved sharing his birthday with Grandma and Grandpa, Tanya and Jason and the kids.  He wanted to take the sombrero home.  He's a great kid, and that was super fun.  I'll have to think of a way to top it for next year! (Note to other moms:  have fun with your teenager.  Laugh when you can.  It's worth it.)


Shannon said...

O my gosh .. I loved this so much!!! your brilliant.

elizabeth said...

That is fantastic! How fun for him - and everyone else!

Tara said...

Very sweet! He seems like a great kid.

ethiopifinn said...

he looks VERY pleased in that last photo.
what fun :)
and i love that he is still young enough to *ask* for a surprise. really love that!

Julie said...

That is such an awesome idea, Leanne. He looks like he's having loads of fun in the photos. What are you ever going to do to top that day? ;) (Especially with the chinese fire drill.)

MindiJo said...

You go, mama! You know you get an A+ on that one, dontcha?

Anne H said...

Oh Leanne, I can tell you and Cory had even funner than Cole! I can almost feel a belly laugh with the Chinese Fire Drill and the "step up"! What a riot!