Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mr. Wonderful Turns 50! Quick and Easy Slide Show

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Mr. Wonderful and I celebrated his birthday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with our precious friends, Ned and Kelley Pauley, back in October.  His real birthday rolled around today and I felt like it might be a bit anti-climatic, so I asked friends and family to send me a quick picture greeting for him.  I dropped them into a slide show, added a couple of songs, and created this super quick visual treat.  He watched in delight as the messages rolled by... goofy, silly, encouraging photos from friends and family.  It was a great way to end this milestone day.  Here is the little video, and if you would like to make one for the one you love, I have posted the directions I sent out below.  Thanks to everyone who sent pictures!

I'm thinking this would be a great way to say other things, too, like:
Welcome to the world, baby!  
Congratulations graduate!  
Get Well Soon!  
You're a great boss!  

Example instructions to friends and family via email and facebook:

Dwight turns 50 on Sunday and I just thought of a fun idea to celebrate him~ Could you help me with a little project?

1. Simply write a message on an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper… tell him something you appreciate about him, or say happy 50th birthday, or draw him a picture, or call him an old guy, say whatever you want to say. Keep it short and simple and write clearly.
2. Take a picture of yourself holding the sign with a smile, or a silly face, or holding pom poms, or with a thumbs up, or bunny ears… you get the idea; be creative!
You can take this picture with your computer or phone or camera~ quality is not important; it's the heart that counts! Simply email or text me your photo.
3. Send me the picture of you, or your family, or you and your spouse. Put whoever you want to in the picture.
4. Last, if you put too much thought into it, you'll never get it done by Saturday morning, so please… just go for it!

You've got 3 days to get this done...… ready, set, GO!!


  1. This turned out amazing--so fun!! Happy Birthday, Mr. Wonderful, we ALL love you!

  2. Your photo and message were PERFECT, Laura! SO FUN!