#2,831 Ben’s Surprise Trip.
by Erin Napier
Tomorrow Ben turns 34 so this morning when we woke up I told him he had until 4:00 to work in the woodshop, then we were hitting the road for a surprise trip for the evening. I punched the address into GPS and let it navigate while he drove, no clue where it was leading.
But until we pulled into Long Beach Harbor and he saw the antique car show on the beach, he didn’t get it. And until we were parking and all his brothers and dad were there waiting for us, he didn’t get it. Then he was so excited he was yelling!
You see, every year the first week of October they come to the coast for their tradition as brothers and father and sons at Cruising the Coast, one of the biggest car shows in America that lasts an entire week. This year, our schedule is so crazy and Tom’s wife is expecting a baby any minute, it’s not going to be possible. But I wanted to make sure he had at least a condensed version of the trip that has always meant so much to him, if just a few days early.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!