I asked The Dad what he wanted to do for his birthday. He said he didn't care. Again. This is not at all a helpful guidance.
Usually we keep birthdays low-key. We come from a big a family. Some people would call it extremely large. If you think that lunch for 25 (which includes only the brothers and sisters, their spouses and kids) large then I'll give you that one. The point is that with multiple birthdays every month the last thing the birthday adult wants to do is make it hard on others. The catch-22 is that we want to celebrate the Birthday Person.
This year the boys and I knew we wanted to get The Dad a tablet. He wanted one for play, but needed one for work. We're not an Apple family so the iPad was out (besides they're ridiculously expensive). After much research we decided on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10" version.
J and I went to purchase the new toy the day before The Dad's birthday, because it wouldn't feel right if we didn't wait until the very last minute, and J hid it in his room.
First I must say that the boys and I are night owls. I've tried to change, but I get a second wind at 10 p.m. and get so much accomplished it's hard to give up that productivity. The boys are in teenage-land so they're up all hours of the night regardless.
The Dad on the other hand has a honest to goodness job that requires not only his physical presence, but his mental one too. Because of that he finds it necessary to go to sleep after the news. For some reason on his birthday, I'm guessing it had more to do with his excitement than the fact that we were still up making noise, The Dad woke up at 1:30 a.m. Not ones to let an opportunity pass we decided that since he was up anyway, and it was officially his birthday, we would present him with his present.
This totally looks like the face of a man who is not only pleased to be away at 1:45 in the morning, but also tickled by the thoughtfulness of his family. That's what we are telling ourselves anyway.
Happy birthday, hon!