February 12, 2014

Wishes on the Day of Love

This weekend will be busy with other events, so I wanted to do something for Lady Hiva for Valentines. Normally Valentine’s day isn’t high on my holiday list, but Lady Hiva and I had a great Valentines last year and wanted to have a good one this year too.

Lady was still at work (she is taking some professional training courses) and I have an hour and a half to put something together to surprise her. I had some ideas and off I went to the stores with a happy little man in tow. I found a place that was selling balloons half off and some other fun items. As I was going to the store my creative side started going and usually that means it won’t stop until I finish whatever I am working on. For example with a story I am writing until I get it written down. The same goes for making something. I have a picture in my mind of what I want it to turn out like and sometimes it falls short, other times I am pleasantly surprised.

Lady always says that I am the corny one in our relationship…so if you gag at  sappy love stories you should stop reading now, it gets pretty corny.

 I decided on the theme of “If I Wished Upon A Star…”  bought some fun items to describe how I feel about our relationship. It was fun to look through the aisles and come up with anecdotes to them.

I packed 20 helium balloon into the car with Lucky and we came home. I had one hour to put it all together before Lady Hiva came home. Out came the “craft box” and I went to work. The first step was the welcome to the house introducing the theme. It was a race against time and I was coming up with ideas as I went.

Next was a red carpet (made of plastic table cloth) and a bowl full of riches. I made a sign complete with a red carpet and stanchions that matched the décor in the house. It read, “If I wished upon a star…I would wish if we rich and famous I would get to walk down the red carpet with you.”
Getting started

The crafting begins! I can work and watch the clock

Then I made a “medal” and the message read, “…You would receive an award for being so AMAZING!”

Next was one with a jester hat and some fun items, “…We will always have fun together and laugh at each other’s corny jokes.”
Then I used two other table cloths (they were buy one get one free! Haha) I made a makeshift beach area. Time was really getting short now, thankfully my Lucky Dragon was entertained by all of the balloons because  I was trying to get everything done before I had to leave. I purchased some long balloons to make palm fronds and planned to have a few palm trees. However, as I tried to blow them up I strained so hard my stomach is still sore and they STILL wouldn’t blow up! I tried the bed pump for the airbeds but it too didn’t work. Sigh. After trying to blow up two of them and sweating profusely I gave up and just cut some green fronds and used the fake tree in the apartment. This message read, “…I’d sail the ocean blue and enjoy the beach sunset with you!”

Lastly, was the mirror and I bought some neon white board markers and made a big heart that said, “If I wished upon a star…I would want to be right where YOU ARE!”  I had about 11 minutes left and I used spoons to weight down all the balloons to the desired height. I then had a few packs of normal balloons to blow up. I simultaneously blew up balloons and tried to hide all of the mess I made in the bedroom. Sadly, I rushed so fast that two of the balloons that were full sputtered out of my hands and went flat as they flew away! So much for multi-tasking to save time. My cheeks and lungs were burning, but I had to finish!

It turned out alright, I didn’t quite get to do all that I wanted but for a one hour deadline, I was happy there would be something! I put the TV onto one of those corny love music channels to set the mood (as if it wasn’t sappy enough)

When we came home I tried to do everything possible so that Lady Hiva was coming into the house before me. She walked up and saw the “If I wished upon a star…” sign on the door and said, “Interesting.”
She opened the door and said “WoW!” as she was overpowered by all the balloons.  “Did you do this?” I laughed, of course I did. Did she think the love bird Menehunies broke in and did it? Haha! After she took off her coat and shoes I had her read the first message and I gave her a bowl of coins, a sparkly tiara and put two huge jewel rings on her hands.  We then walked down our red carpet to the next place.

I gave her the medal for being amazing. I tried to take more photos but holding a squirming dragon and taking photos aren’t two tasks meant to be done together.
Fixing her 'bling'

Showing off her bling...yes, we are a humble bunch! haha

She put on the jester had and huge sun glasses to commemorate all the fun times we have together. At this point she was laughing and really having fun! I was happy to see that.
The photo shoot after her award acceptance speech!
We went to the “beach” and I gave her a lei. She went paddling in the “ocean”  before we moved onto the next portion.

The big mirror with the heart was so we could stand there and see us both in the heart. Trying to take that photo was hard too! I gave her a big bouquet of flowers to finish of the tour! It was fun to do. We then spent the next hour with me telling her about choosing what to make and my race for time. Overall, I was happy that she was happy! She is truly my valentine—I love you Lady!

I love my LADY HIVA!


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