#30 Axe-travaganza

Today is my love’s birthday. Like the good Irish lad that he is, he was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Every year is a party, but this year is particularly epic in that he (finally!*) turns 30.

How did we celebrate? With a surprise axe-throwing throw-down with some of our best friends – natch. For the past month, I have been planning this birthday axe-travaganza and my lovely, adorable Tyler had NO. CLUE. The surprise couldn’t have gone any better. We hit up BATL (North York location) with 9 of our of dearest. If you haven’t checked this out before, I highly recommend it.

After about an hour of practice and instruction from our two coaches, we entered into a round robin tournament where they pit us against each other as we BATL-ed for points into a final show-down to crown a winner. There were bullseyes, clutch shots and cake. Here are some of the highlights:


The man of the hour loving every minute of it.

When we were eventually pit against each other in the tournament, it was destined to only end the way it did, in a dead-heat tie. The tie-breaker: THE BIG AXE. Here we are in a heated battle of Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine who would throw first:



Sidebar: this photo perfectly sums up our relationship. Look at our faces. Ridiculous.


Ty mid-big-axe-toss. He nailed it for 3 points.

Thanks to our buddy Rich, I have this bad-ass video of my big-axe toss:

Boom! All those years of baseball really paid off. I’m actually quite proud.

Everyone had a total blast.

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^This is the “Irish Car Bomb” cake from the fabulous Sweet B’sChocolate stout cake filled with whiskey caramel sauce topped with Irish Cream icing. Are you drooling on your keyboard? It’s ok, it was unbelievably good.

It all came down to these two beauties in the final:


And then the unthinkable happened and my girl Vanessa nailed the most perfect clutch shot to take the whole tournament.


Here we are, all axed out:


The day was a complete success and I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to celebrate the wonderfulness that is Ty.

It was tough to follow this up with a good birthday gift, but I think I succeeded. I opted for something meaningful. With the help of the amazing MofE shop on Etsy (check out her stuff – it’s gorg!), I had custom artwork made with the lyrics from the theme song of our absolute favourite TV show: Psych. If you haven’t watched it – you must. We have watched the entire series 10 times – easily. The artwork looks even better than I had envisioned, and looks amazing hanging on the wall in our great room. And he loves it.



When I turned 30 I couldn’t even bring myself to say it – I spent the entire year telling people I was “twenty-ten”. When I asked Ty how he feels about turning the big 3-0, he said “I don’t know…I guess it’s time to grow up!” – guys are so weird.

Enjoy your St. Paddy’s Day today and raise a Guinness to the one-and-only Ty Wachna on his special day.

- C

*I hit this milestone 3 years ago, so when I say “finally!”, what I really mean is FINALLY.

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