Friday, March 15, 2013

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!

I gave Diana a big hug as we reached the security line. First the carry-on bag, then the sweater and shoes. I kept watching her. She kept smiling. This is so easy for her, I thought. How does she do it every time? Through the metal detector. Cleared. Sweater back on. Now shoes. She's still smiling! And now she waves. She always waves! I turned, grabbed my bag out of the bin, looked at my boarding pass and nervously headed to the gate.

Yep, this time it was MY turn to get on the plane! I was so glad Diana was willing to come with me into the airport. She's done this so often and kept explaining to me what I needed to do to get through security.

I didn't write before my trip because I didn't want my sister to possibly read the post. I flew to San Diego to surprise Kathy for her 60th birthday! My other sister Deb and I have been planning this for a couple months at least. I can't tell you how many texts and emails we've sent.

I flew out Tuesday morning; Deb picked me up from the airport.We went to the condo (time share) to decorate and drop off luggage. We then headed to the restaurant to wait. I was SO nervous I could barely sit still! We were so afraid that she'd find out somehow. Her husband had been in touch with Deb (they all live in San Diego, I'm in WA State) and had done his best to pack a suitcase for Kathy.

It went off without a hitch!! She was completely surprised! Kathy asked me how long I was in town and where I was staying. I didn't exactly lie to her. After dinner as we're walking to our cars, Deb and I linked arms with her and told her, "The surprise isn't over yet."

Ken pulled out her suitcases, we got into the car and as we hit the exit off the freeway, she yelled, "Are we staying at the condo?!?"

One day, two nights, three sisters. We laughed so hard. Played cards, cried together, watched movies. It was an amazing week.

Flying into San Diego
The Coronado Bay Bridge

 Balboa Park

 Me, our dad and Debbie waiting at the restaurant

 The moment of surprise. I was SO nervous!!


 At the condo

 On the balcony

 We walked around Belmont park at Mission Beach
Our family comes here every time we're in San Diego
My sisters live there and hadn't been there since they were little!

 It was so much fun!!


Becca said...

Wow, what a WONDERFUL surprise!!! Happy birthday to your sister! So glad you could go and all be together. :-)

Kristin said...

So fun! I love surprises!

Unknown said...

How cool to do that for your sister! Looks like you three had a fabulous time together.

Deborah said...

What a great surprise! :)

Caz said...

What a lovely thing to do, for all of you. I'm glad all your planning worked out.

ckbrylliant said...

what a wonderful trip and wonderful post!