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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Monday, July 9, 2012

Once Upon a Time there was a little boy...

One Upon a Time there lived a little boy...

who grew up to be an amazing (and very handsome) husband, Daddy and friend.

He indulged his wife and daughters and was such a good sport when it came to shopping, movies and everything "girly".

His wife thought and thought about something that would really make her husband smile.  It was their anniversary and she wanted more than anything to surprise her best friend.

Searching on the internet one evening she stumbled upon The Mario Andretti Racing Experience.

That's it!  A chance to drive an Indy car- SOLO!

My husband was thrilled!  I had no idea how excited he would be!  Reservations were made and the plans were set.

Last month we headed to Dallas to make this dream a reality.

The men (and a few women) suited up and went to class!

It's the real deal so I was a bit worried, let me tell you.  No hand holding here.  Which makes the drive all that more thrilling- if you survive! ;)

Such a handsome guy.  I'm just saying.

It was HOT, but there was a nice breeze blowing.  

I'm not normally a "car" person but there was electricity in the air there!  All the people gathered were having dreams come to life and I was excited for them.  Kind of like Disney for men.;)

We watched and waited...

My husband did get a bit nervous!  It added to the experience, don't you think?

Then, the helmet was on...

and he was in his car!  (I was praying very hard he would come back in one piece!)

They communicate with you by headset the whole time you are driving.  Very cool.

One final wave- he knows how I love pictures. 

And he was off!

I watched like a hawk for car #19.  Before I knew it he was back!  Lap #1!

He made it around 7 times before his time was up.  Wow.  (I believe you get 5 minutes racing time in the package but you can purchase additional minutes.)

His top speed was approx. 150 MPH.  gulp.



too quickly.

As we left, there was a rainbow in the sky.  Perfect way to end this day. 

(He has not stopped thanking me.  Needless to say, we highly recommend it.:))


Eileen said...

Great post! Great Anniversary gift (Happy Anniversary by the way!)! I'm not a 'car' person either, my family down south is BIG into car racing, and I know my Dad and my brothers used to go to the car races out on Long Island when I was little.
Even though I'm not into the car-racing scene I did find this post exciting and I was happy for your husband. That was a wonderful idea!
And that was a wonderful way to end the day with the rainbow! Very pretty photo with the blooming flowers in the picture too.

Thanks for your visits to my blog. I've been here a few times and have tried to leave comments but I keep getting a 'service error' message when I try to publish. I even got that message trying to access your blog this time, but I just kept trying and finally your blog appeared!
I'm hoping this comment goes through because I don't feel like writing it over again! (Sometimes I've tried in the past and I just got the error all over again.)
Love and Prayers,

Eileen said...

Yippee!! 'Looks like it took this time! Big smile here!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Eileen- I am so sorry you are having such a hard time leaving a comment!:( I wish I knew how to fix that, dear friend. It was such a delight to see your comments today, though! It certainly put a BIG smile on my face!:) Lori

Robin Beck said...

That is about the coolest thing ever! So glad he got to experience that thrill. I was raised around the race track in California. I remember pulling little rubber pellets from my hair that flew off the tires. There really is a electricity around the track! Such a great gift!

Serendipity said...

So very cool! You get the wife of the year award for sure!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thanks, Robin! I had no idea he would love this so much but was thrilled that I had chosen wisely.:) I can now understand why the power of speed is so addictive! Lori

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thanks, Cristin.:) There are a lot of days I am certainly not in the running for that! I loved seeing his smile when he got out of the car. It was huge.:) Lori

Angel said...

You are the best wife ever!! So glad he loved it!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Angel- Thank you, Sweets!:) You are one amazing wife, too.;) And friend. And Mom. And seamstress. And cook. And..... Lori

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori, this was such an amazing gift for Jeff. You are so thoughtful. I loved seeing the pictures, he really does look to be having the best time ever.

Tristan said...

that is awesome!!!!!!! how in the world did i miss this post..haha

you rock!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thanks, Tristan!:) It was definitely a day to remember!;) Lori