Not too long ago, I caught this sweet post by Kelly at Studio DIY. For her husband’s birthday, she marked the day by having significant people in his life share special memories they had of him. She gave the written memories to him throughout the day with a unique activity to go along with the note. What an amazing gift!
This got me thinking about Tyson’s upcoming birthday… and then it got me thinking about a funny story of my own and I immediately knew what I had to do to celebrate.
You see… when Tyson and I got married, I had the most incredible bachelorette party.
My girlfriends planned an entire evening using my soon-to-be last name as an acronym for the nights festivities. For the “D” they took me to the Disneyland Hotel and for the “L” they took me line dancing.
For “G” they pushed me through a grocery store…
… and for “R” they got a guy to put a ring on my finger. An Onion Ring.
I have a long last name, but you get the point; we had a busy night. Maybe you had to be there, but I thought it rocked! We were dressed in Goodwill finds and had a complete blast… no alcohol or strippers required!
So taking this goofball idea, I planned out a full day to celebrate my man. The kids had the day off of school and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to surprise him with something completely out of the ordinary.
Because of some of the things planned, we weren’t able to hit each activity in order to spell out his name. To keep things straight forward, I’ll take you through our day as it unfolded.
S – Slappy Cakes
We started Tyson’s birthday with brunch at this awesome local restaurant. Each table comes with it’s own built-in griddle and you can choose from a variety of items to make your own sweet or savory pancakes. It was so neat to come up with our own crazy combinations and I got lots of ideas for making pancakes at home.
However, my absolute favorite thing on the menu was their chicken fried bacon. Hello!!
Delicious and Dangerous!
What could be next?
N – Neon and Niketown
A trip to Niketown to check out some new running clothes. Nothing like stuffing yourself before looking at exercise clothing, am I right? Niketown is located in the heart of Portland and it use to be a fairly dark store… thus the neon.
Although we struck out on finding anything that the birthday boy couldn’t live without, we did continue wandering around the city and saw some other interesting sites.
T – Tryon Creek
A hike in this beautiful park seemed like a great plan after such a heavy brunch. But honestly, we spent so much time shopping and playing in the city, Tyson now has an official raincheck to hike another day.
Y – Yogurtland
What can I say… “Y” is a hard letter to come up with an activity for. But building our own frozen concoctions proved to be way more fun than a traditional cake.
O – Oz
We ended the day with a trip to the movies. Oblivion and Olympus Has Fallen are not out in theaters yet so we went to see the Wizard instead. Oz the Great & Powerful was visual eye candy and cheese-ball goodness.
Turning 40 something was action packed and made Tyson feel undeniably special. For a man who would rather have shared experiences than a bunch of presents, this was the perfect day filled with lots of silly memories.
So tell me… Have you had a unique party that was like no other? Do you have a favorite birthday tradition? Have you ever tried Chicken Fried Bacon? I’m telling you… it’s A-MAH-ZING!