It really helped that in the 9 days prior to the party, he was only home 1 of those nights due to being at our church's elementary camp & going on the Junior High mission trip! I could make a mess working on his scrapbook, decorations for the party, and laying out all of the supplies to see what else I needed to buy!
I wanted to throw this party for Chris because I wanted to honor him for the wonderful Christian husband, daddy, & friend that he is! He is an amazing man who doesn't crave attention and doesn't need validation from a lot of people to feel good about himself, BUT I wanted him to have a day that was a lot about him since this was his BIG birthday! :)
I put together a scrapbook for him that held a note from each of the girls & me, along with special letters I collected from favorite professors, former bosses, and "old" friends & family. It was fun to track down some of these people and special to read what people wrote to & about him.
Below is the page I created to showcase Gracie's letter to her Daddy. I don't guess I took a picture of Katie & Ellie's page...oops.
What would I have done without these wonderful women?! (and Lisa Gordon!) Angela, Amanda, & Lisa helped me TONS before, during, and after the party. Seriously, their help is immeasurable, and I'm so thankful for it! Krista & her family came in from Dallas and were a great part of the 'Master Plan' of getting Chris to the party at the right time. They were awesome and Krista helped with decorating & setting up. We were so glad they were able to be at the party and spend the night with us visiting. Special, special friends since 1995!!! (and really even longer for Chris & Bret!)
Here are a few pictures that didn't make it into previous posts, so I'll just add them here!
Ellie enjoyed playing with some of the dolls that are still out in Gracie's room. Gracie doesn't play with them anymore...sniff, sniff...I'm glad Ellie is around to play with them now!