Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Our Dirty Little Secret

I have a secret, and I'm not telling -- Thomas.

Next week my BABY has a birthday and he will be a


How did that happen so darned fast? How can he be so old? It's making me feel old!!!

Bob and I had some alone time yesterday while Thomas was at art class. Earlier in the week, Thomas and I brainstormed what to do on his his birthday. How could we not, because he was/is obsessed! We used the white board and put all his ideas into categories. Hmm, perhaps I should have him do a writing assignment today based on this.

Anyway, Bob and I were toying with getting a motel room and having fun swimming. Then I remembered that there is a town a couple hours from here that has a motel with an indoor waterpark. Bob looked it up online and said, "Let's do it."

I had to convince Bob that we needed TWO nights there, because a couple hours getting there, going after work, leaving early the next morning just wasn't as much fun as spending an entire day poolside. He reluctantly agreed. He only has so much vacation left, but since this is a big birthday, he decided to go for it.

Reservations were made. I'm making a to-do list today. The only thing troubling me is how to get a birthday cake in the van, with two dogs -- Bob suggested we take Thomas to a store and let him pick out a cake. (Not as much fun for mom.)

We're not telling Thomas what we're up to. It's a big secret. I'm going to secretly pack, then take Thomas somewhere so Bob can load the van the day before we leave. The day we leave, Bob will take Thomas somewhere so I can put last-minute things in the car. Then we're going to tell him we're going out to dinner.

Ha, ha, ha, will he be surprised when we get on the interstate. We've decided to not say a word and keep him guessing until we get to the motel. Won't he be surprised when he sees a 130-foot water slide and indoor water park!

This is going to be fun!

The only bad part is we'll have to leave really early to get Bob to work on time. And then we'll have to start school when we get back to the house. I know I'll be needing a nap that day! Oh well, it will be worth it!


Heather said...

I have a large Rubbermade cake keeper that I bought at Walmart for just that kind of traveling. It's been stuck in the back and repeatedly had things dropped on it and been jostled to and fro without incident. The only thing that would ruin anything inside that thing is completely tipping it over, but a small bungee or bit of rope could eliminate that possibility easily enough.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Thomas!! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time!

Fairiemom said...

Happy Birthday to him - that sounds like an incredibly fun way to spend it!!!

Carole said...

Happy Birthday Thomas, and thank you for the great idea for Mark's 13th birthday. Shhh, keep it a secret. We have a place like that too a couple hours away, wish it was the same place. What a grand idea!!!

Meg_L said...

Sounds like fun.

Good luck pulling it off.

For the cake have you considered letting the hotel into the fun and seeing what they offer for a cake? If's not a 'mom cake' but something different is sometimes called for.

rae said...

That sounds like so much fun! What a great idea. I would venture a guess that with all the great fun to be had at the hotel, Thomas might not mind a different kind of cake for this birthday.

Kate in NJ said...

Happy Birthday Thomas!!
I hope he enjoys the surprise trip!!

SabrinaT said...

What a wonderful birthday! Have a great time. HAPPY BIRHDAY THOMAS~!