This past weekend was a big family weekend. My dad turned 60 on April 30th so it was a great excuse to party. I tend to like to compete whenever possible this includes gift giving- I like to give the best present. Some might say it’s a character flaw but I think those people are sick of losing to me ie my brothers. I knew the stakes were high because my brother Adam flew in with his girlfriend CJ from Seattle for 24 hours to celebrate and that is an expensive/thoughtful trip. My other brother Bryan and his wife Kelly always pull the sentimental card because they were the first and only to reproduce thus far so they are ALWAYS using that against me. I had to anti up my game basically, but in my eyes I think I really won this year.
I found a website which you can purchase a small piece of land in the Scottish Highlands in order to conserve the land. They send you a map of where your land is so if you go to visit you can camp out on your real estate. Awesome right! Well it gets better since you become the owner of a piece of land in the Highlands Titles Scottish Estate you are legally allowed to put Lord or Lady before your name. So my dad is now LORD G.Mess! It took him a while to catch on to the awesomeness of the present but he got there when he started knighting people at the party. And that is how I won.
I also made G.Mess a cake obvi – I decided to make him a suitcase because the man loves to travel. I made stickers to cover the suitcase to show his interests and what not but it just turned into stickers that poke fun at my dad’s expense. Bryan did help me with some ideas and we both got a little too into it. My favorite stickers included one that said- ‘I’m glad you asked – i do speak French’ and one of Pride Rock – Simba from the Lion Kings home, because my dad went to Africa and I’m pretty sure you have to go to Pride Rock if you are in Africa. I also made the lock combination 060 which I thought pulled the whole thing together since it was his big 6-0. The base board I covered with fondant that I painted and stained to look like a wood floor.
Unfortunately the day after the celebration was my niece’s baptism. She slept through the whole thing and the rest of us could have since the next morning was rough for a few of us.