Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Big Surprise

If you know me, you know that I LOVE surprises. I don't love keeping surprises a secret (ya, I'm REALLY bad at that!!) but I love to be part of them and plan them. In fact, I love them so much that many times I secretly create scenarios in my head of people surprising me. Wow, that sounds so lame and embarrassing now that I just admitted to something so juvenille. Well, my family knows this about me (and loves me anyways) and so they decided to make one of my ultimate dreams come true this last week.

It was Thursday night and I was gathering all of the supplies that I needed for the games at the bridal shower that started in about 15 minutes. I was anxiously waiting for Cory to get home because I really needed to be leaving and I didn't want to take Hailey with me. He had ran to the store real quick with the girls to buy some upholstery cleaner (whole other story). Then I heard a knock at the garage door...which was really strange. I opened the door and there standing in front of me was my mom. It was a very surreal moment. I was just trying to process the fact that my mom really was there. Then I see my dad. I couldn't believe it!!! They had driven 12 hours, on a whim, to come and see us in Tennessee!! As if that wasn't the biggest surprise ever, then they told me to go and look in their car to see my next surprise. There on the floor were some of the cutest kids ever...my niece and nephew, Abby and Ethan. I was totally in shock. I was SO EXCITED!!! They ended up staying for 2 days and 3 nights. It was SO MUCH FUN to have them here. At first I was totally embarrassed by how messy my house was because I was in my "project mode" preparing for the wedding. Let me explain...when I am in "project mode" everything in my life is put on hold while I focus my attention on my project. The worst culprit is my home...oh, the disaster!! But, I quickly got over my embarrassment because I really was just so excited to have them here visiting. My mom helped me SO MUCH with wedding stuff, Hailey got tons of grandma and grandpa love, and I even let Katelund skip school one day so that she could have as much time as possible playing with her cousins.

I know that my mom would want me to clarify this, so I will. She told me that she would never just show up like that at anyone's home. She only did it to me because she knew how much I would L.O.V.E. it!!!! Which I totally did! It seriously made my year.

We even got some free babysitting in while they were here so that Cory and I could go to ward council AND they were here on Cory and I's 10th anniversary. Unfortunately, we didn't get to celebrate the day of because it was a super crazy day for both of us, so we celebrated this last weekend (and got more free babysitting thanks to my good friend Kristi).

More on the anniversary later.


Mandy said...

Happy surprise!! Your parents are so awesome to make such a special surprise happen for you. Glad you had that visit with them and the kids had their cousins around for a while.

Melissa said...

What a fun surprise!!! It looks like everyone had a great time.

The wedding looks beautiful!!! I love the colors & the how clean & fresh it all looks. My friend just showed me how to make the pom poms and they are so fun- they look great & I'm excited to try it for some future party.

Oh, and your sweet baby has the prettiest eyes- what a cutie!

Carrie said...

That is an awesome surprise! I have to admit I was expecting a surprise pregnancy announcement.I think I just always have babies on the brain! :)
You did a GREAT job with the wedding preparations! And I get the whole project mode-I am the same way!

Lindsey said...

What an amazing surprise!! Your parents are so thoughtful and your are such a fun mom to let Katelund skip school.

The Allphins said...

How fun! Katelund, Cloey, and Ethan are all so close in height. At least, that's what it looks like in that picture of them standing in the fountains.

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