A Birthday Surprise 6 Months in the Making

Don’t you just love his wrapping job?
Both Jeremy and I are horrible at surprises. If we get something we usually spill the beans within 48 hours because we just can’t contain our excitement. That’s why I was so shocked to find out that he had been planning a surprise for my birthday for over 6 months!
Probably about a month ago, I suggested that we take a spontaneous trip overseas in June. We had a holiday on a Thursday and we don’t have our regular classes on Fridays. I just work a few hours at an academy that I can easily make up classes for and hubs just teaches an intensive class every other week. Perfect opportunity for a getaway right? He wasn’t against the idea but he didn’t seem as thrilled about it as I was. Little did I know, he had already bought tickets to the Philippines for that weekend back in December.
In the weeks leading up to his reveal, I sensed something was going on, that he had something up his sleeve but I tried as hard as I could to ignore it so I wouldn’t be disappointed if I was wrong. I even tried flat out asking him if he had something planned but even through his nervous laughter, he convinced me he had nothing to hide. I’m not sure what changed, or if he was just that good at throwing me off (he even had our bosses in on it, telling me lies to distract me) but by Tuesday afternoon, just two days before we would leave, I was certain nothing was going on and I had imagined the whole thing. I was convinced that we were going to Seoul that weekend (his cover up destination) and was looking forward to getting out of town.
Thursday morning we woke up late with the plans of a big American style breakfast of french toast and bacon(bacon being a delicacy in our house because of it’s high price here in Korea) and maybe heading to a nearby town to explore for the day. Hubs woke me up that morning and asked if I wanted my birthday present early. He plays this game every year, too excited to wait any longer, and I tell him every year that he needs to wait for the actual day. I told him no as usual but he was extra persistent this time. I gave in and he bounded out of the room and came back with a large wrapped box in hand. Inside, taped to the bottom, were two round trip tickets to Cebu, Philippines. Our plan was to fly out that night and spend three days basking in the sun in the secluded town of Moalboal. I think it’s goes without saying that I am blessed beyond belief and this birthday is one for the books.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14472582071045116526 Danielle Carroll

    Okay, he wins best birthday giver of the year!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08264296538572159182 Shio Waline

    YAY, Chelsea!! What a sweet hubby!! That would be so hard for me to plan something like that and not keep it a big secret that long!! Yay, for your awesome hubby!! And did he wrap your present with paper towels? That is just darling! :) Happy Birthday pretty lady!! And I LOVE the new blog design!! :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

    One trips are awesome…but a surprise trip? Keeper! Ps. yes, epic wrapping! What is that paper towels? nice.

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13187265846570274210 themosbysinchina

    Aww! That’s awesome!!! Soo cute too that he can never keep it from you!! :) Can’t wait to read your next post about it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13187265846570274210 themosbysinchina

    Aww! That’s awesome!!! Soo cute too that he can never keep it from you!! :) Can’t wait to read your next post about it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14237728248329146263 Nepal Trekking specialist

    Hi Very cute and awesome, we are specialist for Manaslu Trekking in Nepal, where you can explore with many more natural and cultural heritageManaslu Round Trekking

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08190048508109863004 Corinne

    WOW! That’s amazing – I would totally spilled the beans right after booking those tickets! I can’t wait to see pictures from this trip – I’ve always wanted to visit the Philippines!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02151528440168283486 Kenzie @ Chasing Happy

    I am so beyond jealous right now–what a sweetheart! That is the best birthday present ever. Lucky, lucky girl!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06720694596549999667 Caroline

    You’ve got yourself a keeper over there! And one who wraps presents like a pro, no less! 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04588631608351614332 chalayn

    Wow! That’s such a thoughtful, awesome birthday present! And your husband wraps presents like mine does. :)

    The Brayn of Chalayn

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08300509693671365389 Sam M

    How COOL! I am a big surprise person so I just love that he did that for you! I’m the same way, I don’t want to be disappointed, so I try to ignore my suspicions, and I want to be surprised too. I’m glad he did something so sweet for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11952024785307333996 Lindsey Marie

    Bacon and a vacation get away? I can’t think of a better birthday combo. Hope your trip was amazing!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15859275246228565653 Sarah

    Whoa! What a fun, fun surprise!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12090735810562146009 M and L

    well done jeremy! how sweet :)

    now put up those Philippines pics 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08563442390740639521 Amy @ The Tide That Left

    That’s an amazing surprise and well done to him for keeping quiet for so long.
    Have a great time. I look forward to reading all about it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05768386916902381178 Irene

    What a lovely surprise! Hard work to hide such a present for six whole months!!!

    Enjoy your trip to the Philippines :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14267099775773762465 Kelly S

    I love the napkin wrapping. Goes to show you can’t always judge a book by the cover. Or you can’t judge a present by the wrapping, or something like that…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11117626756755462206 Selene Over the Pond

    so romantic!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07177081269343759076 Treasure Tromp

    this is so incredible! as I said before – you luck girl!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07672672046096104876 Melyssa @ The Nectar Collective

    Dawww this is so sweet and I love his napkin wrapping! hahah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07178471494760325711 NIGHT OWL VENTING

    Great birthday gift. and what a great and amazing husband you have. I cant wait to read about it your trip and see pics.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10661999435893416022 Lisa @ Two Martinis

    Awwwww that is the BEST kind of gift! I can’t wait to hear about your trip.

  • http://karolinez.wordpress.com/ karolinez

    That is so sweet! Have a great trip!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15187139806941283170 Robyn

    Fabulous! Have a great birthday trip!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11630940800322159103 Laura Cristina Pita

    Definitely one surprise for the books!! 😀 How exciting!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14984507913842628603 Samantha from Substance and Soul

    Aww this is so sweet! My husband and I are bad at surprises too so job well done sir!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14647707557228625706 Amanda

    Congratulations! What a great surprise! He did very well! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04585816729964741872 Jay

    Very cute & thoughtful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02030362917881238951 Lauren

    Awesome surprise. good job to your hubby for such a romantic and sweet secret surprise.