James’ birthday was on Wednesday. On the Saturday before we decided to make some health and dietary changes. Those changes ended up meaning no birthday brownies. 🙁 James is also not big on gift giving or anything like that. He’s not actually a “grump,” but he doesn’t usually like getting presents. Over the summer, he had the chance to buy a used (but much faster than his current model) laptop from his uncle. We purchased said laptop with the understanding that the laptop was his birthday present. So basically, his birthday was looking to be pretty disappointing, to me anyway. That made me sad because he gave me such an awesome birthday.
At my MOMs group meeting two weeks ago, one of the mentor moms said that one year the kids and her did a scavenger hunt for her hubby’s birthday. Even though my girls are too young to get the concept of a scavenger hunt I decided that was what we would do to add some fun to his day. I began planning the scavenger hunt on Monday just going over how many clues he would get and the general location of where I would send him.
I still needed a gift or something from the girls for the scavenger hunt but nothing was coming to mind. All week Cakey had been telling me that she was going to get Daddy flowers for his birthday. As sweet as that is, that’s really not a great ending to a scavenger hunt. Plus, you can’t really hide flowers. 🙂 Then it hit me. A few days ago, James mentioned wanting to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman again. I knew he really enjoyed the movie and had even said he would not mind owning it.
Our dinner plans were set with ordering pizza and we had planned on watching a movie or something. We meet James for lunch at Chick-fil-a and he said he wanted to watch Godzilla but when I checked it was not out at Redbox yet. When we got back, I set Cakey up to make daddy a picture while Doodles napped and I worked on the scavenger hunt. Sadly, Mr. Peabody & Sherman was not available for purchase yet, just pre-order. I went ahead and ordered it.
I’m not very good at poetry, rhyming, or meter, so writing the lines to the scavenger hunt was difficult. I knew where I would send James and what objects he would be looking for to find the clues I just had no idea what to write. So I did the most logical thing, I asked Cakey. I would ask her a question about daddy and use her answer in the lines. Here’s what we came up with:
“Daddy you make us laugh cause you’re so funny
For your next clue go check the gift from your honey”
“Daddy you make us happy when we are sad
Even if you have to correct us when we’re bad
If cheese covered dough is a fond treat
Then that is where the next clue you should meet”
“Daddy we love you and that is no joke
On you we love to hug, kiss, climb, and poke
Mommy is not good at rhymes or poetry, we hope this game was pleasant
Look inside the yellow envelope by the X-box for your present”
Inside the yellow envelope I taped the piece of the receipt showing him when Mr. Peabody & Sherman would arrive.
When James came home we were waiting for him. Cakey gave him his flowers and Doodles gave him the first envelope (after a little convincing). I really enjoyed watching him roam around getting the clues with the girls trailing behind.
I’m sure we will do the scavenger hunt again because it was a big hit, maybe next time someone will be able to help me with my poetry!
Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? Or have you ever sent someone on a scavenger hunt?
Have a blessed day!
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