Just a busy Sunday

So my to-do list for today is about six miles long; I got up early (which I almost never do on Sunday, because sleeping late is easily in my top 5 favorite activities) and did some work and picked up the house a little and went out for groceries and was back before I’m usually even awake on the weekend.

The plan was to have a couple of families from Monkey’s new school come over to swim, so everyone could meet everyone else and the boys could play and—hopefully—Monkey would not refuse to get in the car when carpool time came.

So I baked some muffins (when in doubt: bake) and made some iced tea and threw some lemonade pouches in the fridge for the kids. I put on my swimsuit and slathered Monkey in sunblock and truthfully, I was nervous, and also thinking about all of the other things I needed to be doing, or would have to rush to do after our guests left.

People arrived and kids splashed in the pool. I was just settled into a lovely conversation with a woman I completely plan to force to be my new best friend—children swarming around, Licorice loping around the pool—and suddenly Licorice darted back up the porch steps.

I looked up, and there was another dog on the porch. And the last time I checked, we only have one dog. One small black dog, in fact, and THIS dog was 1) large, 2) blonde, and 3) wearing a tiara.

I know I am prone to exaggeration, but all of those things are true.

“Where did that dog come from?” I yelled up the porch, to no one in particular, and no one answered, nor did anyone seem concerned, and I sat there completely ignoring the conversation I’d just been having (I think I stopped talking mid-sentence, even), trying to figure out what the heck was going on.

And then I realized it was my father’s dog. WHICH IS WEIRD, because my father lives in New York. And I’m pretty sure his dog doesn’t know how to drive.

My rusty ol’ brain went click-click-click and finally I realized that THAT’S BUDDY, and Buddy was wearing a Happy Birthday tiara, and that’s because my dad and stepmom were there, with matching tiaras, because they’d all just driven down to be here for my birthday this week.

So then I went from trailing off mid-sentence to shrieking OH MY GOD OH MY GOD and then I rudely jumped up and ran up onto the porch to say hello and give hugs and left my very patient guest sitting poolside saying, “What’s happening?”

Buddy isn’t a big fan of his tiara, and Licorice isn’t a big fan of Buddy (yet), but I think it’s going to be a really fun week.

I may have to change my mind about refusing to have a birthday this year.

54 Responses to “Just a busy Sunday”

  1. 1
    Otto August 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Number 7.

    Happy Birthday Week!


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    Carrie August 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Awww! Happy Birthday!!!

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    Brigid August 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    So sweet! Happy birthday month. (Mine is the month of July.)

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    Kristi August 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    What a fantastic surprise! Happy Birthday.

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    RuthWells August 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Mir’s dad totally wins at birthdays. Have a happy!

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    Karate Mom August 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Hey, we share the same birthday week! Mine is on the 18th! WOO HOO! Only, I don’t think anyone is going to be visiting me from out of town with a dog in a tiara. That’s okay, though, it’ll be a good week anyway!

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    Varda (SquashedMom) August 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    That is the best surprise I could possibly imagine. How wonderful! And Happy Birthday, from one Leo to another. And I’m way older than you, so take it from me, it’s OK to keep having birthdays and get older. 50 ain’t bad, and you’re not nearly there yet. (Neither is 51.)

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    Martha August 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Awwwww! I love it! What a great day and enjoy the birthday week! Hope all goes well with all else – will be thinking of you! Hugs to everyone!

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    Navhelowife August 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    That is a wonderful story!!!! May your Birthday week be wonderful, and may all car pools go without incident.

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    jen_alluisi August 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Best ruin to a productive day EVER. Have a lovely, lovely birthday week!

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    pam August 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Oh what a wonderful surprise!!! And they all came already dressed for a party!

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    Stephanie August 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Have a wonderful week with your family!

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    Karen R. August 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Awwww… Happy birthday week.

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    erika kar August 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    That’s great! Happy birthday to you!

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    FreeRange Pamela August 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Oh, how sweet! Happy Birthday week!

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    Lynne August 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Wishing you the best birthday ever. Already started with a wonderful surprise from your dad…Yeah Dad!

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    Megan August 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    You totally lucked out in the family department, didn’t you? All the way around you gots you some awesome relatives.

    Happy birthday week indeed!

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    Lynda M O August 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    That’s really sweet of them to drive. Hope your week rocks, Mir. Buddy’s pretty in his tiara.

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    MomCat August 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    That’s awesome! I’m sure your new best friend will understand!

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    Midj August 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Okay, I have never actually cried at any blog post and this did it… Your Dad ROCKS!

  21. 21
    AlisonC August 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’ve said this before but your dad rocks!

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    Jessica August 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    This is awesome! I always think about people making the trip to surprise me (I live several states from my closest friends and all my family), but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m so glad your parents were able to come visit with you, and that dog is adorable.

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    Beth R August 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    You GO, Dad! Yay for cool parents :)

    Happy birthday, Mir! Hopefully your maybe-new-best-friend understood once she figured out why you were squealing like tween.

  24. 24
    hannah August 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    I love Mir’s dad!! That is awesome.

  25. 25
    E's Mommy August 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    That’s so fun! Happy Birthday Week, Mir!

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    suzie August 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    How great. Hooray for dad!!

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    Jen B August 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    YAY!!!!!!!! For surprises and families and new friends and pool parties (I almost typed poop parties but that would have been SO wrong!) LOL

    Happy Birthday Week!!

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    Tenessa August 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    YOU GET A WHOLE WEEK?!? I’m now green. Alas, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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    Jen August 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Awww. What a great surprise! Happy birthday week!

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    jodifur August 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Happy B-day week! And you can invite your new best friend to the party!

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    Billie August 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Happy Birthday week!! Your dad is so awesome!! :)

  32. 32
    Crista August 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Mir’s Dad and Otto rock birthday week!!! What an awesome surprise!
    Enjoy your week :D

  33. 33
    addy August 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Happy Birthday Week! Yay DAD!!

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    Nancy R August 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Happy Birthday week! I hope Monkey made some smarticle buddies!

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    Carolyn August 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Happy Birthday! And, how did Monkey do with the new kids? Any friend potential there?


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    Karishma August 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    happy birthday week! the amount of love in your family just floors me sometimes. these are the best posts!

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    Wendy August 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Happy Birthday Week!!!! What an awesome surprise.

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    Anthony from CharismaticKid August 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    You’re gonna make buddy a big ol’ sissy!

  39. 39
    Leslie August 15, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Happy Birthday Week, Mir!

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    barbara August 15, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    WAIT!!! I want to know how the party was….how did Monkey like it? Did he enjoy his new friends? Don’t leave us hanging!!!!

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    Stacy August 15, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    That is so awesome! Happy birthday week!

  42. 42
    ben August 15, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Awwwww. Happy Birthday Week!!!

    I’d SO wear a tiara for you.

  43. 43
    el-e-e August 15, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    back to back parties! Happy birthday!

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    Aimee August 15, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Happy Birthday Week! What an incredibly awesome surprise. :D

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    elz August 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Happy Birthday week, my friend. I wish I’d known, I would have sent a bunch of BBQ (b/c you can’t have cake, you see and nothing says love like a bunch of cooked meat). Happy Birthday. Enjoy!

  46. 46
    Heather August 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Hope your birthday week is wonderful and that you have tons of fun with your tiara-wearing clan!

  47. 47
    Therese August 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    What a lovely surprise! And please tell Buddy that he looks wonderful in a tiara. Not everyone can carry off that look.

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    Alison August 15, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Happy Birthday Week!!!! Hope The Week of Mir is wonderful!!!

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    Kayt August 15, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Wow! That would be so cool. I just got back from a (planned, non-surprize) vacation at my parents’ house.

    Happy happy birthday!

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    Cele August 15, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Oh mi gosh now that is a great Happy Birthday story.

    Happy Birthday Mir.

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    Rachel August 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Happy Birthday! =)

  52. 52
    Tracy B August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    ♪♫♪HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIR!!!!♪♫♪

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    Katie in MA August 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    You are having kind of a pretty awesome week! Tiaras for everyone!!!


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