With day one a success, day two was Mark’s surprise party. In the weeks before his birthday, Mark kept mentioning how he always wanted to have a surprise party. The joke was on him… I had already decided about three months in advance that I wanted to throw him a surprise party. I’ve never put together any type of get together and I was so afraid that no one would show up or that he would find out before the party date (which mostly depended on everyone who was invited). After all my initial worrying, the party turned out to be a great success!
Thankfully I had my roommates and friends to help me plan, decorate, and cook. We wanted to have home-cooked food for the party rather than frozen food, so we had to start way in advance. I wanted to help prepare and cook the food, but unfortunately the extend of my help was in the cheese dip, cutting the tomatoes, salting them, and putting them into the oven. My friends had it all under control, while I was decorating and making sure that Mark stayed at his apartment and didn’t know what was going on.
I left him at his apartment, telling him that my roommate Alissa and I were going to Target, Ikea, and any other store to start decorating our new apartment. We had about four hours to cook and decorate, which was plenty of time for us.
This was a kid-themed Lakers party with Lakers plates, purple and yellow streamers, and well… Derrick Rose napkins since that is Mark’s favorite basketball player.
The plan was to call Mark over at 8pm, which is what I did since we were ready. He was playing video games with his friends and boys… it takes them forever to get them away from those games. He told me he was on his way over, which turned into 20 minutes. Good thing his roommate was getting ready to surprise him at my apartment and texted the roommate that was still with him (the people he was playing video games with were in on the surprise too). Thankfully they finished playing and he headed over. My legs were starting to shake from looking out the peep hole.
He was definitely surprised when he walked in and he had the biggest smile on his face. He wasn’t expecting it at all. SUCCESS!!!!! I’m so happy that his friends were there to surprise him and spend the night with him and I know that he appreciated it so much that they were there for him. I saw it on his face when he hugged me and started greeting everyone. His roommate and friend (the ones he was playing video games with) came over after Mark walked in. His roommate, to make sure Mark didn’t suspect him, started boiling pork. He ended up following Mark to my apartment since he didn’t know where I lived. Oh the length his friends went to keep it a secret. They’re awesome and hilarious!
Once he came in, we were finally able to eat!! So much food! I’m so glad that we cooked everything ourselves.
The kid party continued after dinner, with an intense game of Pictionary. Usually each team has a turn on their own, but for some reason, every time we had to draw, it was an all-play, meaning that all 4 teams were against each other to move spaces. Everyone went crazy.
The black team eventually won. The team filled with the bio majors (which was an advantage because there were a few bio related drawings there that no one else could draw). After the game, came Mark’s cake:
Yes, we’re not professional cake decorators, but as long as it tastes good!
The party wound down and everyone said their goodbyes. I’m so happy how his surprise party turned out and the people who came to celebrate his birthday. I’m so thankful to them and to my friends who came to set up. I definitely couldn’t have done it without them. I’m glad I could make him happy and he was able to celebrate with his friends.
This was the first time we spent a birthday together and I really wanted to do something really special for Mark. He kept mentioning to me that he hasn’t had a special birthday in the past and I knew I had to fix that. I had an idea of what I wanted to do for his birthday about two months in advance, so I was excited to finally be able to put the plan into action. His birthday was a span of two days with a lot of fun, food, and laughs.
Day 1 was his real birthday. We love Disneyland and I knew he would love to be able to spend a day at Disneyland with me (even though we go plenty of times, each time is always different to us). Being able to experience the Disney magic as well as strangers telling you happy birthday would be a memory in its own. I kept searching for the best restaurant to take him to, since I didn’t want to eat snack food like we usually do, but my poor wallet would have been so sad if we went to some of the places I wanted to go to. Little did I know that there was a turn around during the night. The day was a little bumpy in the middle, but it turned out to be a great day for the both of us.
In the first minutes into Mark’s birthday, we were playing a two person game of Monopoly. It’s been a while since I played the game and I learned about some rules that I never knew existed in Monopoly (like auctioning property when someone doesn’t want it. When did that happen???)
Eventually our game of Monopoly changed into whatever rules we wanted to do and we ended the game midway (since it was about 2am and we were tired). I was waking up early the next day (okay it wasn’t that early… 9:00 is early to me!) to make Mark breakfast. I wanted to start the day right with some breakfast since we hardly ever wake up early enough to eat breakfast.
This was my first time making pancakes, and they ended up different sizes and with different thickness. I’m not the best chef, but it’s the thought that counts, right? I topped it off with some strawberries to give the plate some color and vitamins. Now I have a ton of pancake mix that won’t be used until the next eternity. If anyone knows any recipes that uses pancake mix, let me know! Maybe I’ll have a breakfast for dinner night one day… Off topic!
Off to Disneyland
We got to Disneyland a little earlier than we usually go, to do as many things as we wanted to before getting tired. We stopped by guest relations to get Mark’s super awesome birthday pin. I loved being able to see a little smile on his face every time someone said happy birthday to him.
It was HOT, probably close to 100 degrees. He really wanted to go on the Grizzly Rapids to get drenched, but we passed by it once because the line was too long and when we came back to it, the ride was closed. I survived getting soaked again. I always end up getting the most wet on that ride and the people who want to go on that ride hardly ever get wet. Even though it was hot, walking around in wet socks is uncomfortable. We went on a few of our favorites: Toy Story Mania (he beat me for the second time!) and Soaring Over California, along with a couple other rides and ice cream before going to Disneyland.
It was the first day of the Halloween theme which was exciting. I love when Disneyland is decorated. It adds so much more festivity to the park. The Haunted Mansion was still closed when we went which was kind of sad, but we will probably end up going on the ride in a few weeks (Nightmare Before Christmas theme! My favorite!). Indiana Jones is also closed until December for renovations, which made Mark sad because that is one of his favorite rides. Let the birthday boy go on his favorite rides!
We made a stop at “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” because Mark had never been before and he wanted to see what it was about after seeing it on Modern Family. The show started off with a group of singers that sang patriotic songs and they sounded really good. It was a good tribute to America and worked well with the theme of the exhibit. We also got to applaud those who served in the military when the group sang the songs that represented a certain brigade. Mr. Lincoln is a very lifelike robot (which I thought was kind of creepy especially when it stood up. I wasn’t expecting that, but I was waiting for it to start walking). The video shown gave a good background about President Lincoln’s life and was followed by a speech by the “President.” This is a good place to visit if you’ve never seen it. It’s the same show that Walt Disney produced way back and it’s a good break from walking around and the heat. There are nice exhibits around the theater where you can see the history of Disneyland as well as Disneyland artwork.
After “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” it was getting darker and we were getting hungrier. Mark brought up that he wanted to get Korean BBQ after we rode a few more rides and I said yes to that (love KBBQ and both of us didn’t know where to eat). Previously, I’ve mentioned that I wanted to eat at the Blue Bayou, since… well it’s the Blue Bayou and every Disneyland fan has to eat there at least once. I’ve always thought that it’s so cool that Pirates of the Caribbean goes right past the restaurant. We were walking around New Orleans Square and I pointed out the restaurant again before going to the bathroom. After I got out, the little trickster told me that he made a reservation at the Blue Bayou. WHAT?! I thought he was lying. He couldn’t have made a reservation. You have to make a reservation days in advance. He kept telling me that he made it and that the wait was about 20 to 40 minutes, but I still didn’t believe him. Wasn’t I supposed to surprise him since it was his birthday? But it ended up being him surprising me! Like I said, the little trickster! We waited for about 40 minutes and we were getting more and more excited about being able to eat there. We were going to be able to eat at one of Disneyland’s most coveted places to eat!
Read the extended version of our experience of the Blue Bayou here.
Dinner was amazing and was such an experience for both of us. The bill was something we’ve never seen too, but it was all worth it! We were both really happy and full. After dinner we went on Pirates of the Caribbean, just to be able to say that we ate at that restaurant. When I was a kid, I thought that the people at the restaurant were fake. We tried to go on Ghost Galaxy, but the park became a lot busier after it got dark so the wait was 85 minutes. We decided to go home since we had a fun and successful day at the parks, going on plenty of rides and of course, eating at the Blue Bayou. We were both happy being able to spend the day with each other at one of our favorite places. We want nothing more than to make the other person happy. Day 1 = success!
Happy Birthday to my baby <3