It started with a conversation between Sara and I on when we could visit and turned into "would it be crazy if we flew down for Chrissy's birthday and tried to surprise her?" Mike loved the idea and we convinced Steph to join us as well (with her flying in from Charlotte).
Mike managed to keep our secret (it was easy for Sara, Steph and I since we only talk to Chrissy every few weeks, but Mike had to live with the secret for two months!) and although she knew Mike had something up his sleeve I think she was truly surprised.
We flew in Friday morning and Mike picked us up at the airport while Chrissy was at work. We hit up the grocery store for some snacks, birthday cake ingredients and booze and then set to work making their living room a bit festive.
(Notice Ali in her banana Halloween costume):
Steph preparing the cake:
When Chrissy walked in, Sara greeted her as Steph and I hid in the kitchen. Lots of screaming and hugging ensued.
I came out next and stood behind Chrissy while she was talking to Sara and overcoming her shock. I finally had to tap her on the shoulder, and she whirled around and the screaming started all over again.
We all chatted a bit and then took her over to look at her cake, where Steph was hiding behind the counter. It's safe to say she officially lost it at this point. It took us all a good 10 minutes to stop shaking, we were so wound up. I've never done anything quite like that before and it was so exciting! The anticipation, the planning and then actually pulling it off -- pure awesomeness.
We popped some bubbly, devoured some homemade guac and cheese and crackers and spent the afternoon catching up.
Then we got ready for dinner and hit up Ella's, an awesome restaurant Chrissy and Mike have found that was absolutely delicious and had a really fun atmosphere.
And a silly shot:
Saturday was spent exploring Tampa, seeing Chrissy's hospital and the beautiful Davis Islands:
Then mimosas and yummy salads at Cafe Dufrain on the waterfront:
Followed by wings and nachos at PJ Dolan's while watching the UNC/NSCU football game.
The game didn't go our way but birthday shots made it better!
And finally, grilling out at Chrissy and Mike's (yes, we ate about ten different times on Saturday), a rousing game of Cranium and birthday cake.
It was an awesome weekend full of talking, eating, drinking, exploring, more talking and enjoying the gorgeous weather of the Sunshine State. I so enjoyed being able to spend the weekend gabbing with my girls and can't wait to do it again.
Thanks Mike for helping us pull it off (and for being a devoted blog reader!) and Chrissy for being such a good host and allowing us to crash your birthday. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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