Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Birthday surprises

Ryan turned 26 on Saturday. Everyone knows that the number 13 is unlucky, but few people realize that two times 13 is the luckiest number of all. Something to do with double negatives. Case in point: I met and married Ryan in my 26th year. It doesn't get much luckier than that.

So I wanted to celebrate the day with a few little surprises. First, the party.

After breaking into his email and stealing his phone, I contacted some friends from Ryan's major and told them to meet us at Spark at 8pm on Saturday night. Except then a big byu game was scheduled to 8pm, so I had to change our reservation and reschedule with everyone. Then I realized the game was at 8pm eastern time, so I had to reschedule back to the original time. The game was then postponed by half an hour so... I had to reschedule again. In the end, everyone made it there before we did, and Ryan experienced the very first surprise party thrown in his honor.

Then there was the present.

The day we were married, my mom asked my two sisters-in-law to take notes during the ceremony. It was genius, really. So all these months, I've had two little note cards full of advice and sweet reminders of why we married. I decided to take those words and phrases and turn them into something we could hang on our wall to remind us of that day. And this is what I came up with:

The words fill in to make the silhouette of the Jordan River Temple, where we were married. And now those two little note cards are safely tucked away in the back of this frame. Apparently Ryan never knew anyone was taking notes that day, and he was really happy to see them. Surprise party notwithstanding, reading through those notes was his favorite part of the day.


Judy Salazar said...

I love it! So glad you kept those note cards - what a great idea to incorporate them into a temple picture. I think you make your own "luck" and you're both "lucky" to have found each other.

Shannon said...

Sounds like a fabulous birthday! Way to go organizing a surprise party. They're hard to pull off. Also, I really love the idea of the temple silhouette with the advice and thoughts from your wedding! It turned out so great. You always were creative.
PS-I'm glad that you're back in the blogosphere. Let's do lunch soon!

Tara said...

That is really cool. You are good, Lisa!!

Shewi128 said...

You are too creative! You could probably even make these for profit..

Stew and Lindsey Campbell said...

I love that Lisa! What a cool idea! I wish I had notes from our wedding so I could do that...would make a cute gift though!

Kristen said...

Happy you're back to the blog! And that picture is so neat. I wish someone had taken notes at mine because everyone told me it was so lovely and I don't remember anything :) Oh well. How're the nails coming? Maybe as incentive you could treat yourself to a manicure once they get long enough!

Shar said...

I love your gift to ryan! that is so awesome. See - you are really creative. How did you put it together?

happy birthday Ryan!

Kendra said...

I hope my 26th year will be as good as yours was:) July 28th. You and Ryan are to prepare yourselves to party like it's 2010.