Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tomás' Birthday! 25 things on the 25th

So... this year Tomás turned 25, and since his birthday was on the 25th of February, it's his GOLDEN birthday! You only get a golden birthday once, so I wanted to make it special. I've thrown him a party already, and we've done the whole, go out to eat and watch a movie together type of birthday, so I wanted to make this one extra special for him. I decided that we would do 25 different things on his 25th birthday. I had the whole day planned out. (And it really was the WHOLE day... 25 things is kind of a lot!) I have heard of a lady who did something similar to this on her birthday, but it was all random acts of kindness, which by the way, is really awesome. I thought we would do a mix of both service and fun things, just to make it a little more interesting.

For the most part, it was a surprise. I had told one of his friends about my idea beforehand, and he kind of mentioned that I had the whole day planned while we were all together at band practice. Tomás looked over at me with raised eyebrows, "...the WHOLE day?" That's when the beans were kind of spilled. He didn't think much of it, but I ended up telling him what I had planned a few days later. I didn't include any details; I just told him we would be doing 25 different things. 

Anyway, the day was a success (but longer than I had expected, whew!). We were both pretty worn out by the end. But, he felt special, and that was the point, so I'm glad it worked out that way. I might add, though, that the weather was TERRIBLE! It was freezing and very windy, which kind of slammed a few of the outdoor activities I had planned. I wanted to go on a walk in a park, and feed the ducks at a pond. Let's just say I had to improvise and do something else! Well, with no further ado, here's the list of the 25 different things we did on his 25th birthday on the 25th of February! And, in the order we did them with pictures too, of course. Enjoy!

1. Go out to breakfast at iHop. (7:00am!)

2. Open his birthday present. (which had just arrived by mail the night before, so it worked out PERFECT.) It's a Fender hard case for his Telecaster—the vintage tweed style... how he likes it!

3. Write a letter to his brother Jared, and send it off! He's on a mission in Cambodia right now.

4. Leave a bag of kisses on our neighbor's front doorstep.

5. Sing a song together.

6. Round up runaway carts at the grocery store.

7. Leave 50 cents at a pay phone.

8. Insert a dollar into a soda machine and leave it for someone. 

9. Donate clothes to D.I.

10. Buy something at D.I. He ended up getting a few ties, and I snagged a skirt while we were there too.  :)

11. Call his parents.

12. Buy one thing at a music store. (His candy store, basically.) He got some new drum sticks.

13.Visit and tour the Train Depot Museum in downtown Nampa. This place was pretty neat! We had fun.

14. Take a break, and eat lunch at Subway! 

15. Attend Michelle's Baptism. Tomás and I are both ward missionaries, so we were really excited about this girl's baptism that just happened to be scheduled on Tomás' birthday. Tomás got to go on splits once with the full time missionaries and teach her. It was such a wonderful experience. She even insisted that we play a little piano duet just after the ordinance while she was changing, and wanted one of the refreshment cakes to have his name written on it. She's a really sweet girl. 

16. Buy goodies and drinks at WinCo to bring to a movie! I know this is probably wrong, but we always do it. Movie theatre food is soooooooooo expensive.

17. Go see Tintin in 3D! We loved it.

18. Buy one thing at the dollar store for each other. I got him some books he was eyeing, and he got me some much needed socks! Yay!

19. Get a new pair of pants. (He needs them.. bad!) We found these at Ross.

20. Ding dong ditch some treats at a random house. 

21. Leave a dollar somewhere. I thought the dollar store would be the perfect place!

22. Slow dance to our wedding song—the Scientist by Coldplay— in candlelight.

23. Make a homemade pizza together for dinner.

24. Eat some icecream cake! Since I work at Dairy Queen, I just had to order one of these! It was a Heath Blizzard Cake. MMmmm... Although, the blue died our lips pretty bad.

25. Watch a movie together on his laptop.

And... that's all folks! Hope you enjoyed reading and seeing the adventure we had on his birthday! It was a lot of fun, and was sure memorable. Let us know what you thought! :)


  1. cute, Lorraine! You guys have so much fun together:)

  2. This is amazing! I loved following your fun adventures through all the great pictures and descriptions! This is one of those things I would think was a great idea and say I'd like to do it but would never get around to actually doing. You guys are too much fun!

  3. been planning our next birthdays in this fashion. can't wait. how I love you two.

  4. this was the sweetest way i have ever seen anybody celebrate their birthday!! i want to do it :)