We have an agreement that we don't really do presents for birthdays, Christmas, etc. Neither of us really need any "stuff," and we prefer to enjoy a nice meal or find something fun to go do instead. I wanted to find ways to make his 30th birthday special, and I think I accomplished it!
On his actual birthday, our family joined us to go out to eat and then open a few presents! Even though we don't exchange gifts, I still take Connor to pick out a few things for Daddy on special occasions.
Connor and I also made some red velvet cupcakes and found some candles to celebrate the big 3-0!
The weekend after Adam's birthday, I threw a small surprise party for him. I had coordinated with some of his closest friends to have a cookout at our house, and two of his friends got him out of the house for a bit so that everyone else could get there and help set up.
When he walked in, we did the typical "SURPRISE!" thing. He said he had no idea I had been up to anything, and he was definitely surprised. We grilled burgers, enjoyed birthday cake (red velvet again since that's his favorite, but this time I got one from Publix), and played cornhole. It was a really fun afternoon.
I still had one more surprise up my sleeve, but I wasn't able to schedule it until late October. It was worth the wait though! Adam is a big fan of Jars of Clay (and honestly, I am, too!). They're all here in Nashville, and I have a few friends who know one of the guys. I figured it never hurts to ask, so I reached out and asked if they would help me surprise Adam.
They were so unbelievably gracious and kind, and they really went above and beyond. I had hoped we could just grab coffee with one of the guys, but they offered to all join us for lunch. Adam was SO surprised, and I definitely earned Wife of the Year with this one. We had a great lunch with the guys and got to chat with them about their music, our memories of listening to it as teenagers, shows we've seen, and the non-profit they launched here in Nashville - Blood:Water.
They are the nicest guys, and it was really fun to get to surprise Adam with meeting them and getting to learn more about Blood:Water and their music.
Adam made my 30th really special a couple of years ago, so I was glad to get to plan a few fun surprises for his 30th!