We had planned a very low key day, starting with heading up to Oak Harbor to do a little shopping, then afterwards, going to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Mi Pueblo, for dinner.
We did some shopping at Wal Mart, where Mr.C bought me a new range bag. I had been using a small soft sided soda cooler, which was OK, but was getting rather full, so my new bag with all kinds of compartments and pockets will be better. I can put more stuff in it.
We then went to the Dollar Store, where I wandered the aisles in search of bargains. After I had bought all I wanted we went in search of a monument which had been erected to honor Navy fliers from Whidbey Island. We drove around, and around looking for the monument , Finally, there it was, but then we had to find parking within walking distance. After parking, we walked the short distance to the monument where MrC took a few pictures for a future post on his blog. There was a very chilly wind blowing *shiver, brrrrr* so we soon returned to our Vanmobile. You name your vehicle, don'tcha? *smile*
MrC asked if I wanted to go cruise any of the other stores as it was a little too early for dinner. Truth be told, I was hungry enough to eat right then, but he wasn't, so being the nice person I am, I said let's go check out Saars. Saars is a large grocery store In Oak Harbor which sells many, many different kinds of ethnic foods, I really enjoy looking at all the products and planning what international delight I may cook in the future. We came out of Saars with close to $50 worth of goodies. Now it was time to go and eat.
We arrived at Mi Pueblo where MrC insisted he take my picture outside by their roadside restaurant sign, then we went inside and walked upstairs to the restaurant.
As we entered the restaurant, I noticed a bunch of folks already seated, but did not look at faces. instead turned to MrC and asked if we would sit in our usual place by the front windows so we could look at the view. We were walking down the few steps leading to the lower level, when MrC said "look there's Lou" I looked, and there was Lou, and Luke, and Rainy, and Al. The thought flashed across my mind "I wonder what the occasion could be for them all to be here"
About this time, as I was greeting everyone, MrC started around the back of the table, with me in tow, to sit down. I, in my naivete asked "Oh are we joining you for dinner?" THEN the penny dropped, this was a set up. It had all been planned by MrC
Yes, MrC had been scheming and planning this birthday surprise for a couple of weeks, AND I had not sniffed the plan out. I am usually very good at detecting something a little out of the ordinary. WELL DONE HONEY, it was a wonderful birthday surprise.
Mr C has pictures HERE