4/19/10

Vespa Day!

Brett had been pining for a Vespa of his own since our days in Seattle over four years ago.

He found a used one for sale in Arkansas and checked the ad daily to see if it had sold.

We talked about getting it in May or June if it was still available but neither of us really expected it to be. It was a great deal. So, I decided to surprise Brett on Saturday morning with a trip to Rogers, AR to pick up his new mode of transportation as an early birthday gift.

I told the boys the night before that I wanted to go out for breakfast since we hadn't done that in awhile and to ensure that they'd be willing to get up and dressed in a hurry. I packed all the necessary items, grabbed my camera, and joined them in the car. We pulled out in the opposite direction of Aunt Martha's and Brett asked where we were going so I told him Waffle House. He gagged. Then I told him we were on our way to pick up his Vespa. He didn't believe me.

Six hours later his GTV 250 was parked in front of our house! He rode 100 miles home, partially in the rain, with almost no riding experience. And he looks pretty good in his riding jacket and helmet! I think I've earned a few back rubs but seeing him so happy was pretty satisfying. I'm really looking forward to date nights on the back of this thing!

xoxo,
Rachel

45 comments:

craftattacks said...

that is so cute! what a great surprise!

oh and we deal in back rubs around here, too!

AJ said...

That's so awesome! What a sweet lady you are!

I want a vespa, tooo :)

skunkboycreatures said...

Yay! That is so sweet! You guys are ADORABLE. Hope to see you soon... <3

Thirty-Six Ten said...

What a wonderful gift... I have been wanting one of those for years! What a lucky guy!

Alysha (Supermom) said...

Oh what a sweet gift. I am sure he loves it. Back rubs for sure!!! :)

Meg said...

that is soo awesome! what a fantastic surprise. you are a great wifey ;)

Roxanne said...

What an awesome suprise! The color is fab and I love the leather seat.

Erin said...

I love the color of that first one. My husband has also been looking into getting a vespa or scooter of some sort.

Becca said...

That is SOOOOO cool!!! You guys are going to have so much fun!! My husband and I had a wonderful Vespa adventure on an island in Greece and fell in love with them... we were saving up for one (light blue is my fave!) when we lived in Washington state, but then moved to LA and realized it would be way too scary to drive one around here.

Mama Petite said...

THAT - IS - SO - SWEET! Ahh! I bet he was so excited. And I bet excited is an understatement. :)

jooleedoh said...

i love them in every color! the Stella brand is still my fave, though. one of these days i will own one.
you are such a thoughtful and adventurous wife!

jody mcdowell said...

this is the best post ever!! love the vespa, and the surprise.. how awesome!

Kara said...

Are you the best wife ever? I think so. And in response to your tweet earlier that he wants more babies...the two you've got are SO cute, why not make more? ;)

Michelle said...

Oh, fun!! :) What an awesome birthday gift! It's too cute - and willl definitely make for fun date nights! Aaw.

Mim Smith Faro said...

I love perfect surprise gifts!

Anna said...

Oh what a gorgeous surprise...what a great wifey you are :) x

Kite Tails said...

What a handsome looking Vespa! Best birthday surprise ever!! You are too good!!

Bri Bri said...

I've always wanted a Vespa too! That's so awesome! Congratulations!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

aw that's super fun! What a great surprise!
Sarah M

Erin said...

How exciting! He must have been thrilled! I have a metro and it is so fun when the weather is warm. :)

Kellie said...

what a fun surprise!!

Kara said...

So great! I've wanted one for a few years now.

courtney.janelle.sews said...

this is so so sweet! you really know how to surprise a guy, haha.

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Yay! What an awesome wife you are! My husband also dreams of a Vespa; I might have to surprise him similarly one day. :)

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

you really are a COOL wife.
congrats on your new additon ...lol

LOE your curls ... BTW

lacy said...

Yay for scooting! That's so cool!

Amy said...

Ok. . .so I'm drooling over here!!! I have wanted one FOREVER! Heck, I'm even willing to settle on a little moped from the 80's. . .now that's vintage riding! HAVE FUN!!!!

Amy

Jenn said...

ENJOY IT! I miss ours :(

With Love, Jamie said...

Aww how aewsome!! :) My kiddo has that same shirt your little guys wearin' too ;)

Sew Lovely Embroidery said...

How exciting! Vespa's totally rule :) Congrats.
We just did a free vespa embroidery pattern, check it out:
http://sewlovelyembroidery.blogspot.com/2010/04/ciao-bella-free-pattern.html

Windsor Grace said...

I'm looking for one right now and I'm so jealous!

sheer whimsy said...

this is ADORABLE! you're so sweet!

Leigh-Ann said...

awww, that's such a sweet thing to do Rach :) I remember you mentioning this a few years ago, glad his dream came true...AND an iPhone, he must be on cloud9 :)

Toni Brockliss said...

My dream vespa is at this little shop down the road. It's camel and aqua and the seat lifts up for storage and there is room for two.
I love them.
Always reminds me of Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday zipping around Italy on her vespa.
Ben and I did that in Italy. Almost got ourselves killed. We lasted 25 mins. I was so not Audrey sitting pretty on it. I was more Stephen King's Carrie hanging from Ben's shoulders. :)
xx

Carlita said...

oh perfect!

once you go vespa - you never go back. my husband and i can attest!

the happiest of early birthdays to you Bret!

Ashleigh said...

What an AWESOME gift.

debra said...

Fun! My fav is the one in green. Now I can add this to my list of things I want in that color. A vespa and a kitchen aid.

Grief.

angie said...

VERY sweet!

amy marie said...

awe, how cute! hooray for two vespas!
i especially adore the icy blue one pictured first. i love everything in that color and now have to add that vehicle to my list! <3

Ashley Ann said...

Aww!! What a fun surprise!

Autley said...

Super sweet! :D Bless his heart riding home in the rain. <3

piccolotakesall said...

Just a reminder to your readers...Yes, scooters are cute, but unless you are going to park them in your living room and just look at them, their primary purpose is as motor vehicles.

Rachel, I'm curious, does your state require riders to have a motorcycle license? Pennsylvania requires an M license for all scooters over 49cc...But it also offers the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course for free to residents. It's a good class to take if Brett hasn't already. Plus, some insurance companies give discounts to those who pass the course.

Congratulations on your new addition. I wish Brett (and you) many safe miles.

Elizabeth Chapman said...

You are so awesome!! I think this deserves many back rubs to come!!! Have fun on date nights!

RachelDenbow said...

Piccolotakesall,

Yes, we are excited that Brett's got his own transportation to classes and work and drill so that we can have a car to get out of the house whenever we want now!
He is required to take the motorcycle safety course through the military and I will probably get my permit someday so that I can drive it but right now I'm just happy to ride on the back. It's a big, heavy scooter!

Missy said...

Ahh thats such a sweet suprise! I hope someone suprises me with the turquoise one at the top hehe xx