It all started three weeks ago when we found out that friends who were supposed to come visit this past weekend were going to have to reschedule their trip. For the heck of it, I checked to see how much vacation time I had and it was more than I thought. Then I remembered my parents had offered to fly us home whenever we wanted this year as our birthday presents back in January. And then I got the idea...let's surprise my sister for her college graduation!
Actually, I really wanted to surprise Kate and my mom but after discussing it with Ty and my dad, they agreed that mom would want time to prepare for our visit. So instead, dad got our tickets and we Skyped with mom that night to tell her we'd be home...in one week. Surprise! She cried, haha.
There were many factors that lead us to originally not being able to be there for Kate's graduation so when this trip worked out I was excited that we'd be there for it, and even more excited that she had no idea we were coming. The biggest challenge: mom not spilling the beans! She did a great job though, and I had fun texting with Kate about graduation and job interviews all that week, even while we were at the airport heading to see her. Apparently she actually said to mom at one point, "I can't believe you didn't fly Sissy (that's me) and Ty out here for my graduation!" :)
My parents picked us up from the airport (mom cried again), my dad was actually flying home from Dallas that night so we'd timed up our flights as best we could. We drove home and devised our plan for how to surprise Kate, knowing she was sitting at home waiting for dad's arrival. We decided that mom would walk in first, as usual, so Kate would think the next person through the door was our dad. It was even a little better than that because when we got home, she was sitting on the couch with her laptop propped up beside her so she didn't have a clear view of the door. I walked straight up to her and sat on the couch before she had any idea what was going on! She had a look of total confusion on her face and asked "How did you get here?" haha ummm we didn't walk that's for sure. Then Ty walked in and you could see it finally click in her head, she was totally excited and our surprise went off perfectly!
I also got to pull off a few more surprises on Friday when I went to visit my former co-workers and volunteers. It just so happened that the Race for the Cure in Richmond was on Saturday so I knew that most of them would be at packet pickup that Friday. It was so good to see them all and so much fun seeing the look on their faces when I walked in! I do love pulling off a good surprise.
Graduation was...long :) but the weather was gorgeous out in Farmville, VA.
|Longwood University Graduation. Even with heels on she's a foot shorter than everyone else!|
Since our trip was so last minute, we didn't have a ton of time to visit with everyone we wanted to. We mostly spent time with our families and squeezed in a few visits with friends where we could. Next time we see everyone will hopefully be when they come out to visit us! We can't wait to show everyone around our new home.
Today we're off to explore the beaches in La Jolla. Our main objective is to see the seals, but I think there are trails around there to check out too.
Have you ever pulled of a great surprise?