Friday and Saturday was the annual homeschool convention in downtown Phoenix. Sunday (yesterday) was my husband's 30th birthday. I had the grand idea of throwing a surprise birthday BBQ after the morning service in honor or his birthday. That meant two days of homeschool convention by myself with six kids, preceded by a day of shopping and decorating for the party (I had to get the majority of the work done on Thursday because of the convention), and followed by a very busy Sunday with a barbecue for 85 people. I had to take all six kids along for everything because in order to make the party be a surprise, I encouraged my husband to take a business trip that he needed to go on. The last of the secret preparations for the party were finished about 20 minutes before my husband got back home around 11 pm on Saturday.
Well, it all went off without a hitch. We had a new record attendance in church, the party/barbecue was a hit, AND I was able to find great materials at the convention for our upcoming school year.
Sunday night, after the evening church service, I finally had the kids in bed shortly before 10 pm. Just as they were all tucked in, a thunderstorm broke loose. If we lived anywhere else, this would not be a big deal - but we only get maybe 2 or 3 storms like this each year. When we do, we stop whatever we are doing so the kids can run out and play in the pouring rain and the flood stream in the gutter until the rain stops again, by which time they are completely drenched and muddy. It's a tradition - just not necessarily one that I am excited about late in the evening after four really long days, when my feet and ankles feel like they have been pounded by a mallet.
While the rain was torrential, it only lasted about 15 minutes. The kids were drenched completely and needed to dry off and get into fresh pajamas. It was a late evening, but they really loved the combination of thunderstorm, getting pulled out of bed after bedtime, and staying up late.
I love birthday surprises. This was such a great weekend to look back on for years to come!