Yesterday it was Sam's twenty fourth birthday!! I have been getting excited for this day for weeks, seriously. Sam is very 'meh' about his own birthday, so I try to pick up the slack. Around his birthday I am usually covered in baking products, & giggles. I also tell him all of the surprises I have for him before they happen because I get so darn excited!! This year was no different, I did tone it back a bit because we are so near to the start of Kvalserien, but it was a wonderful day.
This was the sixth birthday of his that I was a part of, thats 25% of ALL his birthdays!? I guess I am one LUCKY girl! Ill tell you a little bit about each one of these six birthdays.
19 - When Sam turned nineteen we were just beginning to know each other, other that talking a few times the extent of our relationship was 'Facebook Friends'. I saw it was his birthday, and wrote on his wall, he wrote back. Clearly things were getting pretty serious.. In all seriousness, we did start dating shortly after and have been together ever since. (aww)
20 - Sam was living in Guelph (Near Toronto) so I flew up to be with him on his birthday. I bought him a cake, and he chucked it across the floor of the mall and it landed facedown on the floor. He might tell you a different version of the story, but he cannot deny it. I watched his practice, we went out to dinner and he we got him home in time for curfew!
21 - Sam was living in Guelph again this year for his Birthday, I was going to school at the time and couldn't fit a Birthday visit into my schedule. I did manage to send him quite a large box full of presents, and sweets that arrived on his Birthday! I bought him shoes (that he pretended fit, even though know I know they are way too small), some clothes, a HUGE world atlas book (funny that I decided to ship that internationally), a TON of Popcornopolis popcorn, a batch of freshly baked cookies, and of course a birthday mix CD.. oh my that was a big box. He was very happy to get it and would have been perfectly content to stay home all night with that box. Thankfully he was living with the sweetest 'Billet Family' who took him out for birthday dinner.
22 - This Birthday Sam was living alone in Oskarshamn, Sweden. I had left Sweden just two weeks before, naturally I was devastated that he was spending his birthday alone! I know that he signed his contract for the following season this day, so he was the happiest birthday boy that day. I told him that I was planning a whole day when he came home that I was deeming 'SAM DAY'. This day was planned minute to minute with fun things that he likes. Started off with breakfast in bed, then golfing, then Chipotle, off to the zoo, Big Bowl & he got presents in-between each activity... I do not even remember all of the things we did that day, I sure kept him busy!
23 - By this time we were engaged! We were living in Oskarshamn again this year, I was still in Sweden and THRILLED to be able to celebrate with him! We had a early birthday party at our house for those who were leaving the country before the fifteenth, it was wonderful! On the day we went to dinner with some dear friends and then went bowling! The day after his birthday we had planned a trip up to Stockholm, so that was kind of like a continuation of his day.
24 - This year Sam was all like, "We don't have to do anything for my birthday, but I really like cake. Oh yeah, and I need to bring something to the rink, think you can make some peanut butter bars?" He asked nicely, and knows I love to bake anything and everything, so I got right to it. Made the biggest Oreo cake for birthday night, two batches of PB bars, and two variations of Oreo truffles. We went to dinner with a few close friends in Gamla Stan for some American food. I had bought 'relight' candles in the US and brought them over for this day. I was so excited about it, that I told Sam the day before his birthday. Well the cake had Oreo crumbs all over the top so they went flying when he first blew out the candles, then they all started relighting and he had to start blowing softer so the Oreo crumbs wouldn't get everywhere. The light blowing made the 'relight' candles relight... he just couldn't win. It was perfect, so funny. Sam went to practice as usual, and I had planned for Raylan to be hooked to a helium filled ballon when he got home. Guess I didn't guess that she would be TERRIFIED of the mysterious floating object. We skyped family, and Sam received many wonderful birthday wishes! Thank you to anyone who was a part of his day!
So here is to Sam and another wonderful year of this beautiful life. His next birthday I will be his wife!!