On August 5th, my parents celebrated THIRTY years of marriage. Three decades of love, people. That just doesn't happen enough these days.
My sister and I had been thinking about what to do for them for the past year or so. If you know my parents, you know that a typical "surprise anniversary party" would be low on the list of ways for us to show our appreciation and love for them. And when I say "low", I mean it wouldn't even be ON the list. So, Cait had the idea of getting them tickets to a college football game, but when that (unnamed) team started to lose more games than they won, we looked elsewhere. Then, Cait thought we could send them to a Colts game this fall, but she wasn't pleased with the selection of home games that would work with our available dates.
So, I started looking at the Colts' away games.
And thus, I came up with a crazy plan. Deep down, I knew it would be hard to pull off, but I got too excited about the idea to let it go. I did the research, presented the plan to Cait, and after she did the research for herself (she doubted me!), we began piecing together this unbeatable present for my parents. (Really though, we've reached the peak of present giving, so it's all down hill from here.)
We HAD to make sure my mom and dad could miss a few days of work, so we hacked into my dad's computer to check his high school's master schedule, we made some phone calls, double checked mom's planner, and then decided "GO BIG OR GO HOME... we're doing it!"
I came home to Fort Wayne the first weekend in August so that Cait and I could both be there to celebrate their anniversary and give them the gift.
We started out by (stealing and then) wrapping up the Colts jerseys that they already owned. They each opened their own bag and it took them a few moments to realize that the jerseys weren't new. Then, we instructed them to look at the bottom of their bags where we had placed an envelope containing a ticket.
They opened the envelope and got excited because they were going to a Colts game and not just ANY Colts game, but a Monday Night game against the Chargers!
THEY WERE SO EXCITED!
But that wasn't it...
(At this point, Caitlin had to give them a little more assistance in order for them to get the whole picture.)
She asked them WHERE the game was and finally, John boy read his ticket and saw that it said Qualcomm Stadium. And slowly, they started to figure it out...
WE WERE SENDING THEM TO A COLTS GAME IN SAN DIEGO!!
San Diego is one of our family's all time favorite cities! We stay at the same place every time, Humphrey's Half Moon Inn and Suites, and we love it. The zoo, the food, the bay, the views, the weather. INCREDIBLE.
On Saturday, October 12th, my parents flew to San Diego, spent the weekend there, went to the Colts game (I still can't believe that they lost..DUMB!) on Monday night, and then flew home on Tuesday, Oct 15th (Cait's birthday!).
Here are some of the photos they sent us while they were there:
They had a great time! It was so fun to check in with them and hear about all the fun things they were doing together. They are just the best! Cait and I are so privileged and blessed to have parents who love each other, love us, and love the people around them so well. We also think they are pretty funny, too.
Team Houser has so many great memories together. Here are some photos from the last time we were in San Diego as a family in 2012:
Mom and Dad:
We couldn't ask for better parents, coaches, teachers, travel buddies, and role models. You are as good as they come.
I guess it's a good thing that the older Cait and I get, the more we resemble you two.
Thanks for building this family on love!
P.s. Cait, good teamwork! HIGH FIVE & chest bump!
AND THAT my friends,
is how we celebrated 30 years of marriage in the Houser fam.
WOO! Giving presents is 100% better than receiving them.
Happy Thursday and thanks for reading!