the chaos of stars

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Lucky for me, my husband doesn’t read this blog.  That means I can say anything I want about him.  You won’t tell, right?  Okay, good, because I’m too excited to keep this a surprise.

For better or worse, Jon’s birthday is December 26.  Year after year we spend December 25 eating cookies, opening gifts, sledding, playing with the dogs, and running around in the snow.  The morning after, for Jon’s big day, we sleepily sing happy birthday and try our best to eat cake (except we’re usually too filled with cookies to do much damage).

My sweet husband is as humble and kind as they come, and he never complains that everyone is gone for his birthday (friends fly home), that he only gets half the gifts (not from me, of course), or that everyone (including him) is too tired to celebrate.
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I started Christmas shopping for my favorite man well before Christmas, and I made sure to get him a variety of practical (work-related) and fun (baseball-related) gifts.  When it came time to wrap, everything got tied up with a red, green or white ribbon.  And then, of course, I panicked — what would I do for his birthday?

Well, well, well.  You see that collage up top?  I made it with an app on my phone, and it got me thinking it might be fun to put photos on canvas for the apartment.  A few minutes later I started playing with a video app and thought it would be neat to make Jon a film.  And then, voilà!  – I decided to make a collage combining out favorite memories and inside jokes.
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Jon is turning 29, so I printed my 29 favorite photos of us, wrote sweet notes on the back, and then pasted the images onto a canvas.  So you’re wondering how he knows what I wrote, right?  Don’t worry- that’s where the video comes in.  Before I pasted everything, I made a video explaining why the pictures were important to me and what was written on the back of them.

What do you think?  Will he like it?
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25 thoughts on “the chaos of stars

  1. You are so cute! He’s going to love love love it! I made Alex a scrapbook for Christmas, and I think we were both crying by the first page, hahaha. 🙂 P.S. i’m coming to Minnesota next week!! Sadly, it’s only for a day and a half, (and on your hubby’s b-day haha) otherwise I’d try to meet up!!

    • jon might actually go into the office for a while (i know, i know). you should call me if you find yourself with time to grab coffee- it might work 🙂 608.215.0696. hope you bring lots of things to bundle up in 🙂

  2. I’m actually wondering how you are able to hide it from him 😉 This is an absolutely awesome gift, one that takes time and thought. One that shows just how much you adore him, which is probably one of the greatest gifts anyone can receive. Enjoy both big days and a big early happy birthday to your hubby 🙂

  3. This is ridiculously sweet and adorable – I LOVE it! I’m really amazed at how gutsy you are, though…it’s risky to share this gift early online, even if he doesn’t read your blog! hopefully your secret stays safe, friend. I’m sure he’ll love it 🙂

  4. Awww how sweet is his birthday gift! I think he will LOVE it! I love how you wrote little notes and then made a video about it! I think it is so thoughtful and something I may steal from you (if that is okay). 😉 Happy Birthday to him and Happy Holidays to you! 🙂

  5. That is super cute! I always write my fiance a note of all the reasons I love him on his birthday…maybe I’ll step it up a notch and do something similar!

  6. I’m sure he’ll love it (okay, past tense now), I hope he loved it! I’ve been deliberating on what to do with our giant white walls and one tiny nail that something can hang off, seeing as there are no frames in the whole city that are with glass and as big as I want… and I think this may have solved my problem 😉 Did you stick something over it all to protect the photos?

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