a birthday surprise

I’m a notoriously bad surprise spoiler and secret keeper. That being said, I have no idea how I managed to scheme behind Cory’s back for months, all for the biggest birthday surprise of his life.

It all started with a fanciful daydream back in February, “what if I flew out Cory’s parents and brothers to San Francisco for his birthday?”. I couldn’t get the idea out of my mind, so I asked Cory’s brother Casey what he thought. Casey loved the idea and got his parents on board, too. Before I knew it, plane tickets had been purchased, hotel rooms were being booked, and I had already planned out a daily itinerary.

On the eve of Cory’s birthday, we left work together as usual. When we arrived home, his parents and brother were hiding in our kitchen. Cory was absolutely stunned when he saw his family. After Cory’s initial shock came the questions, “how long are you all here? We have to think of plans of what we’re going to do!” (don’t worry, check out my itinerary), “what about my work? I have to tell my boss!” (don’t worry, I already told him you’re taking days off a month ago), and “how the hell did my parents get into our apartment?” (don’t worry, they didn’t break in! I had copies of our keys made and sent them to your mom). When I tried to tell Cory the hints I’d been dropping him for months about the visit, he hadn’t picked up on any of them. Shiii-et, I could get away with murder.

His family was here for about five or so days, and I think it’s safe to say that it was the best birthday Cory has ever had. The trip was filled with fun and food, and if you’re into looking at other family’s vacation photos, lucky you! There’s a Flickr album waiting for you.

Also, if you’re in San Francisco and you have family visiting OR if you’re visiting San Francisco, I highly recommend buying CityPasses if you intend on doing anything touristy. It’s $69 bucks – which includes admission to the California Academy of Sciences (my favorite place to take visitors!), SF MoMA, Aquarium of the Bay, a 1 hour boat tour that takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz, and unlimited use of public transportation (this includes Cable Cars. Cable Car fare is $6 a pop if you’re a tourist, so don’t be a sucker).

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