Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Pioneer Day Service Project . . . and a really fun SURPRISE! Birthday Party

Saturday was Pioneer Day, and boy, was it a busy one!  Our stake and the Coeur 'd Alene Stake did a joint service project at the park located in our ward boundaries, Farragut State Park.    

A reporter from the Coeur d'Alene press was on hand to record the work that was done.   They published this story on the front page of the Sunday edition . . .  felt good to be a part of making the park we play in so much a better place to play for everyone!       

There were about 10 different projects within the park that day, and me and my family and some friends were at the Brig, painting and excavating the cracks in the pavement.

Here I am sweeping up some dirt....and Conner was digging a big boulder out a hole in the pavement.  (Sorry about the photo, Conner - it seems that all the photos of you were of your backside.  Means you were working hard, right?)
If those big rocks are not removed before resurfacing, the cold weather heaves will push it through the new pavement.  (At least, that's what happens in my garden.  Every spring there are new rocks to remove. . . )
                                               Noelle and Madi doing a little excavating....                                            
A group of people digging, and more people painting the walls of the old Brig, which now houses the Museum of the park's history
Tanner going to town with the paintbrush.  Who knew he had such skills?
So since July 24 is my husband's birthday,
And it always gets overlooked because we are always busy with
Pioneer Day events of some sort or another. 
And because he Always makes my birthday special,
like this and like this...
(I wasn't kidding!)
I thought it was about time to throw him a Surprise Party.
Thank goodness for texting,
and great friends who like a good surprise party. 
I started letting people know about it about a week before. 
No one let it slip.  They all snuck over after our Sunday dinner.
We totally had him fooled.
Our granddaughters Hannah and Evalie enjoying some cake
Rachel and baby Brooke
Conner giving Shawn a man-hug
(Shawn hates man-hugs
- that's why it's so fun! hee hee)
Silly Evan Thomas
Mark opening his gag-gifts....he got some pretty good ones
What's this?
So what's in the Redneck Survival Kit?
The tag says:
"This is a Redneck Yardstick. 
I know this because I found it in my yard. 
You can do so many things with this Yardstick...
You can check to see how deep a mud puddle is...
You can see how much gas in in the lawn mower...
You and your dog can play catch with it...
You can even use it to start a fire...
You can use it for whatever you wish...
Just DON'T put it back in my yard!
Redneck Switchblade
...Before you pinch the clothespin...
and After...
The tag says...
The Weather Rock
This rock is the 100% perfect weather indicator.
It never fails and is even more accurate than your local weather person.
This is how it works:
A dry rock means fair weather
A wet rock means it's raining
A dusty rock means a dust storm
A swaying rock means it's windy
A shadow under the rock means it's sunny
A white rock means it's snowing
If the rock is jumping up and down, an earthquake is upon us
If the bottom of the rock is under water, there's a flood.
Too funny...
The only problem with this gag gift - Mark wants to hang it in the family room and leave it there for good! (Thanks a lot Missy! ha!)
Love you Honey! 
Hope you had a great birthday!


M-Cat said...

I love gag gifts - that rock weather indicator is awesome!

Barbaloot said...

Everyone should have at least one surprise party in their life. How nice that you could throw one for your husband:)

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

Surprise parties are the best. Happy Birthday to your hubby!

Cynthia said...

Woo Hoo! You pulled it off! Looks like a great party and a great service project.

Cherie said...

What a great day - Service AND a surprise party!! Whoo hoo - LOve the gifts your hubby got - some are very creative :D

tammy said...

Love the gifts! Especially the redneck ones. I need to remember those!

Syber said...

You all are having great fun....a nice things that life offers.

Just ME the MOM said...

Thank you for sharing all the great photos! The service project and the birthday party - what great events! Hope the birthday was grand!


Grace said...

i have been SO behind on writing on my blog let alone reading otheres...what a great surprise party you had for your hubby! I love the redneck gifts! what a hoot!
I also read your post you wrote about your Dad. That is really special Loralee..did you share it with him? How are your parents doing on their mission?

Tammy said...

BEST kind of birthday party!