Chloë’s 7th Birthday Clue Hunt

Chloë turned 7 this past October 7th, and on her birthday we gave our present to her. Without giving anything away (because maybe you want to play along!) the present was a bit unconventional in that there is nothing to be given exactly. Our gift to her is an event. But, we wanted her to have some kind of experience in the gift reception, so Leah came up with a fun little hunt for clues. I chronicled most of the hunt, and I’ll fill in with narrative as needed.

After getting home from school for the day, Chloë was greeted by the entire family in the halls of the Ranchero. Leah told Chloë that there was a note waiting for her on our apartment door!


This was inside…


!!! What was Princess Pug up to? If I know anything about that dog, I can assure you it was something mischievous at best. Attached to her collar she had a note! What did it say…


Well, Chloë is no slouch at figuring out clues, so she quickly figured out to look under the… rug! She found a little gift


and another clue


Okay. Well again Chloë proved to be a quick study, and knew exactly where to go. At the washer and dryer she spied something. Surely this must be the present!


Hell yeah candy!



But there was more than candy and snacks inside. Hmm…. another clue?!


This clue was a little trickier. Chloë and I discovered little tiny doors in the Ranchero a long time ago where tiny-people-that-will-get-you live, which she loves to show Rex-Goliath. We headed in that direction…

Rex-Goliath was faithfully assisting in the hunt the whole time.


Ah ha! Another bag. Surely this time it was the real present!


Alright! What’s inside?


Footy pajamas! Aww man that’s cool! They have all sorts of kitties and moons and stars and …wait, what’s this?


Carol and Bill. Ah jeez, does that mean she has to knock on their door?




Haha Bill. Getting into his skivvies at 4:00 pm. God I love Bill. Anyway, he had a gift, a note, and a dollar of his own for the birthday girl. Dad didn’t snap a picture of the gift – a few bottles of sparkly nail polish.


Now we’re getting to it! A slumber party! The snacks, the movie rental, the pajamas – they all make so much sense now. But what oh what else could be in store?

Off to the garage!





And what was inside?


A beach towel! And a bathing suit (in absentia, it was still en route). Now how does this fit in with a slumber party? Well, we aren’t quite done.




Well this clue was quite a bit trickier. Where would a little bird leave a note?


Inside the birdhouse! Of course! Well we got the note out of there, and then… the big reveal.


Well, of course, after all this, Dad didn’t take a picture of the final note. Our gift to Chloë was a day, with two friends, at the Waterpark of America, a movie and a slumber party. Oh my god what a GREAT PRESENT!


– Mr. Wonderful

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    Truitt said,

    Great idea, Mr. Wonderful!

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