No, I have not all of a sudden developed a psychiatric disorder or even a midlife crisis. I helped my best friend's hubby, Darren, pull off a killer surprise birthday party for my best friend/his wife, Tracy.
She turned the big 4-0 this weekend.
Normally, the fourth of July weekend is reserved for her immediate family at the lake. She invited my family down several months ago (being friends for twenty plus years kinda puts you really close to the family status). But, what she did not know is Darren had cleared the pressing need for a large party with my Tracy's daddy.
So, a big plan was made. People were invited. Darren even made arrangements for Tracy's middle school/high school/college best friend to fly in from Houston. My job was to pick her up from the airport and drive her to the party. My hubby fired up the smoker last weekend and smoked up about 20 pounds of meat.
I will admit it. I lied to Tracy every day of last week.
I lied when I told her I had a meeting on Friday from 2-4 p.m. I needed an excuse as to why I was staying in the city till 5 (when her friend Ericka's flight landed).
I lied when I told her we had a few smoked ribs leftover and could bring them down for dinner.
I lied when I never gave a warning that instead of expecting 4 house guest for the weekend, she should plan for 18!!
I lied when I told her traffic was horrible on 71 south and that we were running late.
I lied when I told her my family had little bladders and we had to make multiple potty stops on the way down.
I, of course, was not the only liar liar this weekend. Darren told his fair share of lies! So did Tracy's sister, Deanna.
But, all of those lies were totally worth it to see her face when a dock full of people yelled out "Surprise!" when she got home from a "romantic boat ride" with Darren!
And then when Tracy's lifelong friend, Erica, came running down the dock, the look on her face was beyond priceless! The fun part was as the night went on, Tracy kept realizing another lie told to make her surprise. I think she was in a constant state of shocked!
We had a wonderful weekend, with some wonderful people. We drank a few drinks. Spent some time boating. Floated in the lake. Did some cliff diving (NO WAY did I jump off a cliff!) Got caught in a rain storm (yes a little bit of lightening but luckily no hail!). Very little sleep. AND...Tracy and I ended Saturday night being the Bag's Champions!
|Friday Night, Tracy's actual birthday. Lots of good times!|
|Saturday/Sunday. Floating at HaHa Tonka|
|The party continues all weekend long! And no party would be complete without at least one run in with the Missouri State Water Patrol! Luckily it ended with only an official warning!|
|Boating, Little Gracie's Cliff Dive, Beads, and good friends. Fun times at Darren and Tracy's Lake home!|