Surprise Poppy! It's Us! We're Here!!
Well, now the secret is out. For MONTHS we have been planning a huge surprise weekend for my dad's (aka Poppy) big 60th birthday. Whew. I was so scared we were going to let the secret out that we were coming home to Alabama for it when they were visiting during Easter week. After they left headed back to home, the boys were so upset they were leaving. We got in the car and I told them "but guys. you don't know it and neither does Poppy but we are going to see him in 2 weeks for his birthday! We are going to fly on an airplane and go see him and say SURPRISE! He doesn't know we are coming." They thought about it for a minute and Eli said "Mom, we are going to play a big joke on Poppy!" And they both started laughing. And we did!
The boys and I flew together (by ourselves) on Thursday night. Seriously, I was so nervous flying with them alone that I didn't sleep Wednesday night. I flew once with them before when they were 2 and it was tough stuff. I was a basket case worrying about this trip. They proved me wrong though. It was great! I mean, they were little stinkers sometimes and required a lot of patience but we made it with all my hair in tact.
|turtle gear packed and heading out|
|helping daddy load the car|
|watching for our airplane to come in|
|peek a boo in the airport|
|trying to get a picture|
|made a friend playing hide and seek (bama shirt also!)|
|big boys with their bags waiting to get on the plane|
|Yep. I'm a stinker.|
|watching ninja turtles|
It was after 10:00 when we made it in and Uncle Colby picked us up so we could stay with him in Birmingham before heading to the lodge on Friday to surprise Poppy. The boys were so sleepy in the car I thought for sure they would fall asleep when we got home. No way! They were WILD. They chased their sweet dog Murphy all over the house, explored every room, weight lifted, practiced forward rolls in the gymnastics room, had snacks and generally partied until 11:30. They loved sleeping in this bed. They get calling themselves Prince Eli and Prince Beckett. I was lucky to sleep between to princes that night.
The next morning the boys got to spend some fun time with their cousins Madison and Abigail before they headed off to school. Laura and Colby made us delicious pancakes and were the best hosts. Oh, and don't forget time with Murphy too. We even say prayers for him at night now. They are in love.
|Abigail playing Ninja Turtles|
|Looking out at the trampoline and playground in the rain :-(|
|Beckett playing with Abigail|
|such a good hostess and murphy never far away|
|Beckett and his best friend Murphy|
|and laughing hysterically when Murphy (aka big bad wolf) knocked them down|
|I like this present mom|
|sweetest John Deere tool set|
|Abigail and her boys|
|loving his new tools|
|Dis a big truck mom|
|with their uncle Colby|
|climbing in all by myself|
|Put him right to sleep|
|SURPRISE!! It's us Poppy!!|
|Still in shock we were on the doorstep :-)|
|so happy to see their Poppy.. feelings were mutual :-)|