Dana's husband Chris threw her an amazing surprise party! He and Henry have been working so hard on it and it paid off royally.
I'm only posting a few of the pictures here, trying to show you the people you might have idea who they are - Dana has a LOT of friends, but you can see all of the pictures here:
The party was at Chris's brother's restaurant/bar/night club Jane Bond. It was such a perfect spot.
I loved watching the awesome sign go up.
Dana's brother Todd with the Y!
I have a video of the surprise but it took place in a zone that really needed some light so this is my best picture of that part. I think it's visible because Melissa's phone flash was going off.
I followed Dana around like a puppy taking pictures. So much fun. Again you can see them at the link above.
I broke down and started using the flash. Not sure why I'm so against that, a lot of these turned out okay. I'm just usually such a fan of natural light.
Something really special happened this past week. Melissa had the idea to make a cousin video for Dana. Since Dana is a big Guns n Roses fan she chose Sweet Child of Mine and we made a special version for Dana. Melissa put all our videos from Scotland, Calgary, PEI and locally together seamlessly and rewrote the lyrics that you can see a few pictures below. You may never see the video if you're not very immediate family, as we have, how can I say this kindly, varying degrees of singing ability, but we put our hearts into it. I know I'm an aunt not a cousin so I appreciate greatly the honour of participating. I will say Harry's ears went back when he heard me sing while I was recording :-) Everyone's a critic.
Todd's lovely girlfriend Jen.
Karen fixing the sign.
Pretty sure Dana loved it.
A well deserved hug for our ringleader who also won for biggest hair in the video.
Dana's drink had a sparkler in it which apparently doesn't show up with flash.
Jim and his daughters Annette and Melissa shared/force fed some cake.
Such a cool place.
Where'd Melissa go?
Dana got some singing in too.
And a photo shoot.
Well done Chris. It's pretty clear how much you adore your wife.
Loved this picture of the girls looking at Henry's photos of Dana.
Happy birthday Dana!