Before TJ came home from work, Topher and I decorated the house and made a 3-layer cake for him. Even though his birthday was really on Saturday, this was the only day we could surprise him (since he was taking Friday off of work.)
His gift was a new bike seat and handlebars for his favorite bicycle. Topher helped with the installation.
Then we had to try that cake. The bottom layer is a homemade brownie, topped by two layers of strawberry cake. Scrumptious.
That night we grilled talapia and yellow squash. We also made coleslaw and wild rice. It was so good, and we discovered that our boy LOVES fish.
We went to the zoo in the morning before the worst of the heat wave hit. It only takes an hour for us to literally see every animal in the zoo AND play in the zoo playground. This is the benefit of a tiny zoo.
Then it was off to TJ's parent's house where we celebrated with another grilled fish dinner and a chocolate pie. Topher helped blow out the candle.
TJ had received a giftcard to Menards from his parents and bought a new miter saw with it. Saturday morning he took off to the lumber yard and came home with a car full of wood. Topher promptly wanted to sit in the back of the car with all the lumber.
TJ said he was going to build a workbench along this empty wall in our garage. I was a little dubious to say the least.
But he wasn't kidding.
Just two hours later he was finished. I might have exclaimed, a little too emphatically, "I didn't think it would look that good!" So sorry honey.