He told me the night before that once I’d settled down for bed, I couldn’t come back out into the living room.
“But what about when I wake up in the morning before you?”
“You’ll just have to wait!”
“There’s no way I can wait, you always sleep in soooo late.”
“Well I guess you can come out then, just don’t touch anything.”
So the next morning, I wake up and walk into the living room and see this on the coffee table:
A dozen roses and a card with a starbucks bag. In case you can’t read the card, the important part says:
For morning tea (before I wake up)
He totally had pre-meditated my waking up before him, and had provided me with a new mug for my tea!
Especially since, (and I forgive you for not knowing this about me), I am OBSESSED with mugs, and a few years ago Ben broke my absolute favourite mug despite me repeatedly asking him to stop taking it in the car with him due to my fears of it breaking. I have never let him live it down, so a mug made a perfect gift.
I had told Ben not to spend too much on me this year, and that instead I wanted to have a nice birthday experience – I wanted to go hiking somewhere remote with him and Betsy, and I wanted him to make me a spaghetti and meatball dinner with red wine. That was all.
We did all this, but he did more:
Betsy knows this trick called “find it” – I use it in the mornings when I feed her. Instead of putting her food in a bowl, I hide it around the house and she has to sniff it out. She’s really good at it – I can hide it under towels, on top of window ledges, etc, and she always manages to find her kibble pretty quick. It’s a really fun game for her.
Ben used this to his advantage: He hid three gifts around the house and paired them with kibble, and told me I had to follow Betsy around as she found my gifts for me.
She rocked it, and even after I sat down, thinking the gifts were over, Betsy found the third one on her own and Ben had to point out that she was still nibbling at something in the corner.
All three of my gifts were things that I had talked about lots in passing – things that I really wanted but couldn’t justify buying for myself. Some extremely expensive perfume, a fancy iPhone cover, and a space heater (my office gets cold sometimes).
Such a wonderful way to start my day.
After that, we went out for a nice coffee, and then drove an hour out to East Sooke Park. I took a ton of fun photos of Betsy (who just turned 6 months old yesterday, by the way) out there, so read on for some photos!