22 December 2012

25th Anniversary/50th Birthday Surprise

Ok so you all remember that this year is my parent's
25th Wedding Anniversary?
Ok good, yeah AND my dad turned 50 in November
so this year was kinda a big deal.
As such, I decided that we needed to do something fun
and big to celebrate these occasions.
So what did I do?

Threw them a crazy good party, that's what I did
(with help from my grandparents, parents
- yeah they helped with their own party -
and my brothers helped clean the house)!

Their actual anniversary is the 29th of this month
but we thought it'd be best to do the party in the middle of December,
just so that anyone that could come, would be able to type thing,
y'all know how crazy December gets!

But what my dad didn't know was that I had a special surprise for him 
for his 50th birthday celebration ;)

And most of the spouses came too,
and a couple cousins!
He had NO idea this was happening.
My aunts and uncles live in CO and OH
so having all of them come to AZ for this was so amazing!
I was so happy when they all said they would try to come,
then as it got closer, I'd get travel itineraries,
then 2 weeks before the party,
they ALL said they were coming and I cried with joy!
He was going to be so surprised
and so happy!

 He was working the tables-
there were 30 of us altogether!

My mom knew about the surprise
and actually helped us stall when plans didn't go exactly right hahaha
We all met up at Cracker Barrel for lunch,
and he still had no clue what was happening.
He followed me in to where everyone was standing waiting for him,
he looked around and once he comprehended
 whom he was seeing,
the tears started to flow and all he could say was
"Wow! You're all here!"
"HOW did you all do this?!"
He didn't stop crying for a long while and just kept looking around in amazement,
and I was crying from joy that first, we had pulled it off!
Cuz let me tell you, being a Bowler/Smith/now Mills 
it's hard to keep my mouth shut about surprises but I REALLY wanted this to work out,
and the fact that ALL us Bowlers kept it a secret
is miraculous!
I was overwhelmed with gratitude for them coming to see their oldest brother,
and tease, talk to, hang out with him and to see his face glow.

She was a little hyper in the car waiting for the rest of the family,
we all got together for some pictures
and to hang out all day.

Rory LOVED meeting all her Bowler relatives,
especially her "Great" Aunt Sue
and cousin Jessie ;)

There might have been some slight crushing on both sides ;)
We had such a good time with all our family!
We walked around Chandler Mall for awhile
so the little kids could run around and get some energy out,
and Rores got all puckered out:

But when she woke up,
she was all smiles and giggles,
and funny faces for grandpa!

Such a ham!

My dad took a few pictures on his iPad mini
and sent us this snapshot of the weekend

Ok so from the top left around:
- all of us girls in my parents room just chatting NO BOYS ALLOWED,
seriously, we kicked all males away hahahaha
see my mom and Aunt Lisa's hands?
- all the teens in Trevor's room
- a shpoveful
(spoon/shovel - long story, just know it was funny)
- my little ham
- my cousin James the morning after the party

It was so much fun and dad was so surprised it was the best!


  1. That is such a cool thing you did for your dad! I have always wanted to do something amazing like this for my parents, but I would have no idea what. Parents deserve things like this from their kids!

  2. ALI!! It looks like it went sooo well! I'm so happy it all worked out and that you were not super stressed the whole time!! You are pretty much the bees knees. :)

  3. Way to go! That is sooo cool!!!


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