After a few hours of weather related airport delays, Mike and Aunt Helen finally walked in the door at 11:30 last night. After quick hellos, I pulled Aunt Helen aside and told her what I'd done. She wanted to be downstairs when Mike saw the mancave for the first time. I told Mike his birthday present came while he was gone and I might as well give it to him early since he'd find it today anyway.
Aunt Helen and I came downstairs, turned out the lights and told Mike to come down and turn on the lights when he got to the bottom of the stairs. Down he came, he was shocked, happy, elated, surprised, thrilled, all those things. He came to the center of the room and just started turning around in circles looking at everything. He was so happy, thought everything looked awesome and then spent an hour going from picture to picture recalling the memories behind each one. It was really fun to re-live our past.
The photo at the top of the page is Mike when he first turned on the lights. Today he said he'd help me take some really good pictures so I can post them. I even told him about the blog, so he grabbed my laptop and sat and read the entire chain of events. When we went upstairs for some much-needed sleep he told me "that's the best birthday present anybody's ever gave me!"
Funny story about "the envelope" that I will share later on when I have more time. I got to sleep for 8 hours last night, woo hoo - more sleep than I've had in 2 weeks!