Saturday was my father in law's surprise retirement party. Finally, all of our planning and hard work was going to pay off!
The diversion consisted of hubby and my brother in law taking him out for a "guy's day" at the fire department raced while he thought us girls were out shopping and having lunch, or whatever us girls do (as he says). Little did he know we were actually unpacking cars, setting up the backyard, and going to great lengths to ensure that the beers were ice cold (priorities, priorities).
Within minutes of him walking through the gate the last of the 25 or so guests arrived and the party began. He was thoroughly surprised and was more than thrilled to see everyone. The two days of cooking and being drenched in sweat from setting up (because we chose to have this party on the most humid day EVER) was all worth it when every time I crossed paths with him and I either got a hug or a "you did good, kid". That was the best reward.
Oh, and did I mention his retirement gift from all us kids? A family cruise!! I can't wait to start planning out first (and probably only) vacation of 2013.