Apr 13, 2010

The time when I was totally awesome and the mister didn't suspect a thing

So there's something you need to know before I tell you this story.  The mister hates to be surprised. Loathes it. I don't know how it got started, but it's frustrating beyond all belief. After being married for about six months I made it my mission to surprise him. I wouldn't be a good wife if I didn't at least try, right?

I started planting the seed about going to a nice dinner about two months before our first anniversary. I talked about how it would be fun to go away for a night but since we couldn't really afford that it would be great to just turn our cell phones off for a couple days, and have a fancy dinner and a little vacation at home. He was all for it.

As it got closer to the date I talked more and more about how excited I was for dinner. I even went so far as to get the name of a restuarant we hadn't been to and told Ben I'd made a reservation. To his credit, he brought up that he felt bad he wasn't making reservations and I quickly brushed it off as I enjoyed planning so much I was having too much fun looking at the different places we could go.

Little did he know, I was planning a night away for us at a little country inn.

I told pretty much everyone else, because I couldn't tell Ben. It was killing me! We tell each other everything, and so anytime our anniversary was brought up, I couldn't mention anything, or act overly excited. As it got closer and closer to our anniversary my planning mode kicked into high gear.

I packed a suitcase with some clothes, and put it in the trunk of my car two days before we left. I talked about getting up early (babe, we don't want to waste away our anniversary by sleeping all day!), going to get coffee and just relaxing with our phones off.

The morning of our anniversary I was shocked that he fell for my little act. I gave him his medicine and said, "a good wife makes sure her husband takes these first thing," and gave him the toothbrush (we use an electric one with replaceable heads) before he got in the shower saying "a good wife makes sure her hubby is nice and clean!" I wasn't even gagging over the crap I was saying because I was trying so hard not to laugh. He fell for it hook, line, and sinker, and was laughing saying "okay...thanks babe!"

He got in the shower, I told him I was going to take out the trash, and I put his medicine and the toothbrush in the car. The next step was getting him out the door, which wasn't hard because we were after all, going to get caffeine. I told him I wanted to go to a different Starbucks than we normally did (it's further away from our house and close to the road we needed to take), because it was the one I went to the morning of our wedding. (True story - that Starbucks is also close to the church where we got married).

We got coffee, we were telling each other funny stories, and when I turned the wrong way out of the parking lot I claimed I was going to take the long way home. About ten minutes later, when I went the wrong way again, I glossed over it by saying, "ohh, it's such a nice day, how about just going for a drive?" No problem.

This my friends, is when my true genius idea kicked in. I asked the mister about the difference between some specific (older) game systems. I did not have to do anything except smile and nod for the next forty minutes.

Now, granted, I wasn't being a complete jerk - I actually was interested in what he was saying and I did learn a thing or two. But the conversation completely distracted him from how far we were driving. He did at one point say, "man, this is an expensive drive" (gas prices were high people), but I laughed and told him I'd get off at the next exit to turn around.

True to my word, I did get off on the next exit. I drove for about five more minutes, pulled into the driveway of the inn and announced, "we're here!"

Totally clueless. He wanted to know if we were stopping to ask for directions. I get out of the car and tell him we're staying there. Complete deer in the headlights look. Ohhh it was priceless. I head toward the front door of the inn and he whispers, "Baby what are you doing? We're in the country! You can't just walk into someone's house, you might get shot!"

That's when I started laughing. I explained I made the reservation awhile ago and he asked if we were staying there until dinner. I gently told him the going to dinner was a ruse, in order for him to not be suspicious about us going away. I popped the trunk to show him the suitcase and he goes, "you kidnapped me!" (Best. line. ever).

When the innkeeper was checking us in, he wished us a happy anniversary. I smiled and thanked him, Ben looked and him and said, "I don't know what's happening."

It took him awhile before he realized what was really going on. Telling him how many people knew about my plan, and how I had kept it a secret, was awesome. Surprised doesn't even begin to describe it.

We had a great time, and now whenever our first anniversary is brought up, the mister just says, "oh, when she abducted me? Yeah."

Could I do it again? I hope so. After all, it is on my 30 before 30 list.

Have any of you ever pulled off a big surprise for someone else? Share your stories, please!


Shaina said...

What a great story!!! I don't know if I could ever pull this off. My husband doesn't see the point in surprises, and sometimes I like to take him on "little surprises," like a surprise movie or surprise out to dinner. He just doesn't get why it has to stay a surprise. *sigh*

Lucy The Valiant said...

That is AWESOME! You're so sneaky!! In my marriage, I'm the one that's hard to surprise... because I'm always thinking about stuff ahead of time. my poor husband would love to surprise me, but is rarely able to. He would LOVE to pull off something like this!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That's awesome! You totally tricked him! Love it.

I have always dreamed of surprising my future husband with a surprise trip away! Hopefully some day.

I am actually a lot like Ben. I HATE surprises. But I love surprising people!

Jess said...

Aww! That's really sweet...and you probably had as much fun in the planning as you did in the going, right?

Jennifer said...

umm i just want you to know that i started laughing hysterically when you asked him about the game systems. because thats EXACTLY what happens everytime, rofl :)

Amber said...

What a great story! I love it!!! Eric has surprised me SO MANY TIMES but I'm yet to think up a really good surprise for him. I'll have to get on that!

Unknown said...

I flew to Iowa to surprise Tom for his birthday one year and got stuck in chicago for an extra 4 hours. The hard part was convincing him not to go to his friends house. It was six degrees out with a nasty windchill. I somehow got him to stay home and when I walked in the door he couldn't find words and eventually squeeled. It is much easier to plan surprises now that we are in the same state.

Jamie said...

I had a smile on my face the whole time while reading this. Super cute!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I tried to throw my mom a surprise bday party.. she then read my dad's email and found out about it.. i had thought about surprising the hubs for this bday this year but nothing that i was looking into (trip wise) was working with our schedule.. maybe sometime this summer..

Nicole said...

What a great surprise! I could never pull off anything like this. I start giggling any time I try to tell even a half-truth. That's so awesome how you were able to pull this off, and you tell the story so well!

Danielle said...

I never get tired of hearing you tell this story!!

a little black cloud in a dress said...

this is the best story ever. I don't think I could have kept it secret!

Anonymous said...

That's a great surprise! I'm horrible at keeping secrets, don't think I could do it!

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