Sunday, June 24, 2012


Happy Sunday Everyone!

I'm THRILLED to say that with the help of two of our FABULOUS neighbors (Travis & Christy), I was able to pull off a SURPRISE RETIREMENT PARTY for my hubby, Mark!

YEP ... we got him!!  
(The look on his face here is ... what's going on??  He saw Christy with the camera!
Next photo shows ... he figured it out!!)
It was a small party just with the neighbors, a few close friends & of course our kids ... but it was awesome!  Christy & Travis went to a lot of work and were SO SWEET to open their home to us so Mark would not suspect anything!  And I can't thank them enough!!

 Here's ME saying "YES, WE DID IT!"

 (l-r) Son-in-law Frank, daughter Carolyn, best friend Lona, granddaughter Morgan and grandson Jonathan

Some of our FABULOUS neighbors!
Oh ... and did you notice they have NOISE MAKERS?  
Yep, when Mark walked in they all blew their noise makers and cheered!!  WHAT FUN!!

I may have paid for the party goods, but Christy & Travis did all the work in setting everything up and making it so festive!  Mark was VERY PLEASED and I am SO THANKFUL for all their hard work!

And here's the happy RETIRED COUPLE!
I am so looking forward to spending the REST of my life with this GEM of a man and so pleased that with the help & kindness of our neighbors, I could bring this smile to his face!  We are truly blessed!!

Happy Retirement Mark!  
Now it's time to RELAX & HAVE SOME FUN!!

Thanks for stopping by everyone ... I'll be back to crafting fun early next week!


  1. It was a beautiful day! Perfect weather, the food was fabulous and Pap was surprised and happy. Couldn't ask for anything more. So glad we were there.

  2. what a wonderful day it looked too fab to have managed it without him guessing i did the same last sept for my grandsons 21st..i felt like a spy Facebooking his mates and swearing them to silence..decorated the pub and hoped his mates would spread the word and they didnt let me or christopher down he had a fabby night just as fabulous and precious as the day you gave hubby well done..happy retirement to hubby from me hugs sassyxxxxx ps he has asuper wife..he is truly blessedxxx

  3. Hehehe I love planing surprise parties! Looks like you had a fabulous time!!!

  4. What a fabulous milestone, Darlene! Enjoy Retirement!

  5. Looks like a fun party! Happy retirement!!
    Oh, love the new blog header!

  6. Happy retirment to your hubby and you enjoy it for many more years as well.

  7. well done Darlene!! It certainly looks like a great success. Your photos are fabulous, they really capture the atmosphere.

    hugs Sue

  8. What beautiful pictures and everyone looks so happy. I did it too 16years ago for Andrew's 60th. Darlene, this a day you will both remember and memories are the best thing ever and they they don't cost much to keep them alive. Wishing Mark a Happy Retirement and Look after each other for ever. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xx

  9. What a sneeky pete you are my friend!! LOL LOL I am so glad you pulled it off and that he was soooo happy! Congrats to both of you!! "Happy Retirement Mark"!!!
    PS Love the new blog look!

  10. Alright!! That is great you could pull off a surprise party for him...not an easy task sometimes!

    Big congrats on his retirement...hope you both enjoy the time together! :)

  11. Well...I am mad. I can't believe you pulled of an amazing surprise and my surprise party was such a failure! Of course you know I am kidding. What a fun day! Thanks for sharing the pictures. You had me in tears reading the story. Happy Retirement Mark! Enjoy!


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