Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Up and Around

I really should have taken pictures, but I was just ready to start the evening.

Today after faculty meeting I walked back to my room to get my things before leaving. There was a note on my desk from my dear husband. He had stopped by to pick up the kids (thanks to Grams for watching them while I was in my meeting...when I finally picked them up, only Joshua seemed happy to see me :).

The note said (generally speaking) to look up and around for my back to school surprise. Typically at the beginning of the year, Mark does something for a "back to school" surprise like flowers or something. However, our beginning of the year started a little rough dealing with outside stresses, and I honestly hadn't thought much about it. Even the other day, Mark joked about having something for me, but I have just been too preoccupied. And if you know me, I do like gifts (nothing fancy necessarily), so that is highly unusual.

Anyway, the note said to look up and around (4) my back to school surprise. So I immediately looked up. I just didn't know what I was looking for. The custodian vacuuming my room probably wondered too. :) I glanced all over the no. Balloons? no. Hmmm...

Then something caught my eye. I have little clips that hang from my ceiling so I can hang artwork. Only we haven't hung any artwork yet. I thought, "What is that?" It was a gift card to Barnes and Noble. I then found two to P.F. Changs and one to Old Navy. I looked around and didn't see any more so I walked out of the room.

As I walked down the hall though, I started thinking, "Was there significance to him using the number 4 rather than the word 'for'?" I tried to call him to ask. No answer. I decided to go back one more time and check. I walked in and saw one itunes card.

Isn't he sweet?

I love that my life is full of surprises with him. Yes, me, the non-surprise person who reads the last chapter of a book first. It makes life makes me smile.

Thank you, honey!



  1. So sweet! You guys have such nice traditions!!

  2. Very cute! I admire Mark's dedication to your traditions! I always think it is comforting to have rituals even when times get crazy. Good luck transitioning back to school!

  3. I'm impressed with the cleverness of that one! Good job Mark!


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