|It’s your Biiiiirthday!!!!|
It’s the hubby’s birthday today!
Woohooo… We LOVE birthdays! The two of us are like little kids. We have been eyeing the box of Christmas decorations for about a month already!!
Due to the Chinese National Holiday coming up next week, and the weird switch around of working days that the government does, he had to go to school for normal classes today. So much for having your birthday on a Saturday! We will, however, be going away on vacation tomorrow so it’s all good.
I try to do something big and bold for Justin on his birthday every year, but whenever we land up in China on this day, I seem to (in my opinion) fall short of my wifely-amazingness.
In 2010 we were living in South Korea. I bought him a Playstation, which absolutely blew his mind since we had only been together for about 3 months. But the best of all was that we were actually on Boracay Island, in the Philippines, for his birthday. So we got to have cocktails, swim in the ocean, watch sunsets, sail yachts, and be in paradise… How do you one-up that the following year. Way to go Catherine – Setting the bar super high in the first year!
|2010 Birthday – The Philippines|
In 2011, we were in a little dusty town called Dongying. There wasn’t much to work with there, but I did manage to get tons of friends and family from all over the world to send me pictures of them wishing Justin Happy Birthday. I made a video with those pictures and other memories we had created in the year before. Needless to say, the video left Justin very emotional – in a happy way – because we were both feeling very homesick at the time. You can see that birthday video here: Birthday Video.
|2011Birthday – Dongying, China|
In 2012, Justin and I were in Texas for his birthday. I went all out that year, since I had the resources and help (I have the best in-laws!), and even though we were on a strict budget and not working for those 6 months, I managed to pull together a ridiculously amazing surprise for Justin.
100 balloons hanging from the ceiling. To each was attached a birthday message or a special memory. For dinner we went to Medieval Times and had a wonderful evening with family and friends.
He was speechless…
|2012 Birthday – Dallas, Texas|
Sooooo much hard work. But so worth it!
|Medieval Times, 2012|
In 2013, we were back in China but this time we were in Qingdao, which is a big step up from our first Chinese city, Dongying. Here there are no camels on the corner of the street, there are lines on the road, and we get to see and spend time with plenty of other foreigners. However, the truth still remains, in China things are just harder to do. Again, on a limited budget (umm, what the heck… always on a limited budget?!) I managed to knock Justin’s socks off by surprising him with 30 gifts for his 30th birthday. This would be an amazing thing to do back home, where gift ideas are endless, but in China I really had to rack my brain to pull this one off!
|2013 Birthday – Qingdao, China|
And here we are, in 2014, and I have to admit, I feel like I have outdone myself in the last 4 years. Justin is at work right now, and when he gets home there won’t be a miraculous surprise waiting for him. He will, however, be greeted by his wife and son… And that always put a huge smile on his face! Tomorrow we will be leaving on vacation, but we’ll be traveling all day and into the following morning, so I don’t really feel like the trip is his birthday present.
This year’s birthday evening will be a quiet night at home for Justin, but in a couple of days we’ll be in paradise, and I won’t feel so bad for not surprising him! He knows that I love him, and that’s all that matters. And he gets to celebrate this birthday as a DAD, so that makes his birthday different from all the others. I am blessed to be spending my life with this incredibly amazing man. He has grown and changed so much in the last five years, and all the glory for that goes to our Heavenly Father!
I’m so proud of you Justin.
You are one super amazing husband and father!
Happy Birthday my Love!!!