All righty then. When I left you, I said I would be out of touch for a bit but it was all good-----after I surpassed my fear. Here is the deal:
We flew to VA today to surprise my dad for his 70th birthday. He had no idea we were coming. My mom did of course, but not him. We quietly entered the house while he was eating lunch and totally dumbfounded him. It was quite funny. Thankfully no medical intervention was needed!! A few hours later, we again caused heart issues when my sister/kids and my brother arrived. (My BIL is visiting his mom before deploying to Iraq; my SIL was sick. Bummer.)
My fear which had to be conquered involved getting on the plane to bring us here. I HATE. TO. FLY. Truly. And yes, I have been to China twice now. But I hate it. AND....to make things worse. The only flights that go into Newport News, VA are the regional jets (think small planes). Yeah me. And, it was raining and windy. Again, yeah me. But we got here; we survived. Whew.
The icing to the cake today was a surprise party with all Dad's friends. It worked out beautifully. He was busy in the kitchen talking with me and the girls as all the guests were snuck into the house. In fact, I peeked around the corner and was surprised to see people in the house!! They all started singing Happy Birthday to him which drew him to the living room. :-)
All the surprises were captured on camera but will have to be added later.
Aren't surprises fun???