Sunday, April 15, 2012

Good thing I wasn't in charge of hiding the Easter eggs!

Wow! It's been a looooong time since I've posted anything here. I keep saying that I'm going to get back into a regular posting routine but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe someday soon...But tonight, I did something that just has to be told, something that only I would do and that will definitely qualify me for the Dork of the Year Award. If you know me in real life, you won't be a bit surprised...

This was a very important weekend in our family. This little baby girl

turned 14 on Sunday! Hard to believe!

On Saturday evening, we celebrated her birthday with family at our house. Per her request, I made rainbow chip cupcakes, put them side by side, and frosted over the top. She was quite pleased with how it turned out.
We lit the 14 candles for her to blow out

and she opened her presents cards.

It was a lot of fun!

In our family, the kids usually get two birthdays a year-the one we celebrate with family/friends and their actual birthday day with just us as a family. We usually save most of the gifts from Daniel and I for their actual birthday.

Dakota is tough to shop for. It took a while, but I finally came up with an idea I thought she would like-tickets for her and Daniel to go see The Hunger Games together. So last night after dinner, I ran into town to pick up a gift certificate for the theater.

When I got to the theater, I was told that they don't sell gift certificates. So, I had to come up with plan B. After a few minutes, I had it! I would do a scavenger hunt for clues to tell her what her gift was.

I went to the Dollar store and picked up a cute little 24 piece puzzle, then went to Wal-Mart for a few more small gifts to go with it. I took it all home and put the puzzle together. I then turned it over and wrote a message on the back. "Dear Dakota, you have a date with dad this weekend. You are going to see The Hunger Games movie. Have fun! Happy Birthday!"

I took the puzzle apart and put each piece into an envelope and sealed it. Then, I wrote a clue on the outside of each envelope and hit them around the house. Every 4th or 5th clue would send her back to the table to open another gift. When she found the last clue and opened gift #6, she could open all the envelopes, put the pieces together, and find out what her last gift was.

She LOVED it!
She found a clue under her kitchen chair
One behind a picture on the side of the fridge
and one behind our memory verse.
The other kids were having fun too. A couple of times, she had to get some input from them to figure out the clue.
It was so much fun! And it went really well, until she opened gift #3. The clue said, "Do you see a pattern here?" Dakota ran to the bookshelf and lifted up the container of patten blocks, but NOTHING was there. She gave me a puzzled look and then turned the container around to look inside it. Still nothing...

That's when I realized that I didn't remember actually putting anything with the pattern blocks. I remembered writing the clue but I didn't remember actually going over and hiding it. After a few minutes of thinking and looking, I told her to just go ahead and open the 4th gift.

Things went smoothly again after that and she found the rest of the clues just fine. Once she had them all, she opened all the envelopes and started putting the pieces together. As I counted them, I discovered that we didn't just miss a clue, we missed 3! And I had NO CLUE where they were.

When she finished putting it together, this is what it looked like

You saw that right-the three missing pieces were the most important words of the message!

I just died laughing! Leave it to me to lose the three most important clues of the whole thing! And I still have no idea where they are. I have looked everywhere I can think of. I can remember all kinds of places that I had thought about putting a clue and then changed my mind, but I cannot remember at all where those last three are.

Luckily, she figured out the message without them and we all had a good laugh. I decided it's just a way to make her special day last longer because I know we'll come across one later on when we're least expecting it.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who does things like that!

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