January 16, 2011


It was a great success. We did it, he truly was surprised!!!

For at least the past month we (Adriana and Mama) have been planning a surprise birthday party of Michael. How did we pull it off? It is easy when Daddy has to much on his mind to think farther ahead of the day he is in!

This is how we got him there. One of Michael's Twelve days of Christmas presents was a date night to dinner at Texas Roadhouse and a movie. The party was at our very good family friends', the Murphy family, house. It just so happens that the Murphy's are not only a good family friends but also James' god family and one of the children's babysitters.

We had to drop the children off at the Murphy's house. So without all the boring details we simply told Michael we were going out for a date and we had to bring the children to the Murphy's house. Here was a small glimpse into his reaction.

Mama was slowing coming into the house so she really didn't see the surprise in action. She didn't want to give the surprise away because we were just dropping off the children so Mama was supposed to just be in the car. She walked in as they were singing "Happy Birthday" to Michael. He truly was surprised!! Thanks you to all who came and helped us celebrate!!

Daddy was overwhelmed at all the people who came to wish him a happy birthday. Mama had taken care to invite people from all parts of daddy's life so he would know without a doubt it was his party!!

Old friends, new friends, and family came to join the party, check out the pictures below taken by Anne Dooley!

As always Uncle P.J. entertains and wrestles with the children!!!!

Michael enjoys the children!

More Friends


Really good friends!

Two amazing unphoto documented events were the spud gun and a surprise guest. Tom Dillon brought the spud (potato) gun to initiation Michael in the 40's club! Michael had a blast thanks for bringing the spud gun Tom.

A good friend of ours was a Swiss Guard at the Vatican and brought the Vice commander of the Swiss guard to Michael's party. What an awesome gift but even more amazing Christoph gave Daddy and Mama rosary's blessed by Pope Benedict. What a special gift!!

Mama's party hero was Maggie. She was a great help with the food naturally bringing food in and out of the kitchen. She helped cut and serve the cake. Just took Thomas out of my arms to change Thomas' diaper. WOW!!!

And the inviting her friend Joe over to play the piano as she sang, another great gift Michael received tonight. The are both very talented!! Thanks Maggie!

The after party stayed to listen to Joe and Maggie's talent.

This video is cute because James and Greta are dancing to Maggie and Joe's music!

I took a ton of Maggie and Joe video's but here are the last 3 I will post.

This one is my favorite and clearest video I took, Maybe this Time:

This is a fun Mother daughter son, The Three Bears:

This one is a special guest song, Louis Armstrong aka Michael Hughes:

This party was tons of fun for our family and we would like to thank all of our family and friends again for making it a special night for Michael!

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