Eric’s SURPRISE Birthday!

by Chrissie Wainright on December 3rd, 2006
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Saturday December 2nd we threw Eric a Surprise birthday party!  It went wonderfully!  At 8 am Andrew, Marilyn, Jack, Patricia and Robert snuck in our back door, tiptoed down the hall and stood in the room where Eric was sleeping peacefully.  He blinked up, saw Andrew (for some strange reason it seemed reasonable to him that Andrew was in his room, but it was weird that there were other people).  Then we shouted “surprise!” and Patricia threw “snow” on him!  Then, we wrapped him in a heavy blanket and Andrew tossed him over his shoulder and carried him to the car! 
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Then we all caravanned to Marilyn and Andrew’s place for breakfast.  They made some wonderful egg things and we had hot chocolate.  Eric got a chance to shower and wash the snow out of his hair.  I had packed him a suitcase, but since I didn’t want him to be able to guess what the plan for the day was, I packed everything.  I packed t-shirts, sweaters, a hat, his swimsuit, a tie, his jock strap….  literally some of everything =)  After the shower he first came out in his swimsuit, a tie, and his birthday hat =) 

Then we had a rousing game of Epic Duels!  We had to play Epic Duels on his birthday, it’s getting to be a tradition!  Never fear though, there will still be an Epic Duels tournament this year =)  

Phase three of Eric’s birthday was Veronica’s plan.  She took him to the comic book store and let him go nuts!  She gave him the Birds of Prey comic book.  The crazy comic book guy sold them on the Civil War story line, and Eric came home with bags of goodies!   Phase three was a hit!
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Meanwhile, the rest of us were back at the apartment decorating like nuts!   I bought a BIG roll of green streamers, green and silver stars and silver swirly things that we strung up everywhere.  Oh, and of course balloons.  Everyone asked if Eric liked green, and I said sure, he likes Green Lantern and Kermit the Frog… but really I chose green because it didn’t clash with my Christmas decorations =)  We also started taking pictures of everyone in Eric’s silly hats for his surprise birthday present.  His birthday present from me, besides the party, was a scrapbook of all his favorite pictures.  The ones he likes best are the crazy ones =)  I’ll try to put up pictures of his scrapbook pages later so you can all see the crazy pictures everyone took =)
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After decorating and buying out the comic book store, we met Ann and John for lunch at a Pho restaurant.  Of course Eric’s perfect birthday would have to involve Pho!  He looked very cute in the restaurant

After Pho, Eric got to play online games with a bunch of his friends!  Thanks to Eddie and his Dota game, which Eric has been playing ever since.  He’s completely addicted, and so is just about every guy I know =)  After Dota, they went rock climbing and then came back to our apartment where we surprised him with a Rice Krispie Chessboard!  The black squares are made with Cocoa Krispies!  It was so fun, and he and Jack actually played.  Eric didn’t win, at least partially because he actually ate all the pieces he took =) 
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