Wednesday, November 25, 2015

surprise! + home is where my heart is.

i love surprises. especially when anna comes up with awesome ones that include me coming out to ohio for thanksgiving break for the first time since i was still in high school back in 2008!!!

i was extra excited because this was the perfect excuse to use the provo --> salt lake city front runner train! i absolutely love love LOVE to travel, in pretty much any way/shape/form...but train is probably my favorite, with plane 2nd and car 3rd. i've never really really travelled by boat/cruise ship, but hopefully that'll happen someday and i'll add it to the list (;

it was a wee bit cold between my two train rides (provo station --> north temple station was about 70 mins, with north temple station ---> slc airport (on the green line) was about 10 mins). but i was still happy :D

lots of awesome surprises took place, with ruth being the first one! i was surprisingly on the same 2nd flight as drew, so he gave me a ride home and then we (+ anna) surprised ruth at her home (: note: i ended up on the same 2nd flight home as drew (her husband) and he gave me a ride home from the airport. he told ruth just before the video started recording (thanks anna for capturing the moment!!) that she wouldn't believe who was on his same flight...and then the video starts since she couldn't guess who it was... :D

okkkkayyy so HUGE shout-out to drew for all his help/putting up with all of us hanging out at his house for majority of the time this weekend!! talk about best brother-in-law-ever!! thanks again drew (:

pre-movie it was time for surprises round 2: surprising mama when she came over to watch the kiddos!!

then it was off to the theatre to see THE LAST HUNGER GAMES MOVIE: catching fire part 2! it was awesome to be with my sisters and laugh and enjoy such a great end to the trilogy. we finally got to watch one of the 4 movies together, so i consider that a success. (:

#necessaryselfie (:

anna + i hung out with ruth + co. for a bit post-movie/nap/school (and i took a nap for part of that time), and then we headed off to max + erma's for dinner with our favorite mama rica + her friend visiting from chile, veronica!

then it was time for surprises: round 3! visiting my favorite DK down on the farm (:

i love, love, LOVE this kid. there simply aren't words. <3


by the end of the day friday, i was POOPED. to say the least (; so anna + i headed back to ruth's to spend the night since we had an early day the next day....

celebrating ruth's 30th birthday officially as a family!! where surprise 4/4 went off without a hitch, when i surprised daddy coming down the stairs at ruth's house (: he had a busy day friday so i didn't want to interrupt that, but man, it was SO great to hug my daddy again and hear his voice!!! i didn't get a photo with daddy personally but i'm sure we will take some tonight (: ps I LOVE FAMILY TIME. you can bet your bottom dollar more photos than what i'm putting up here were taken (#guilty hahah) but i'm trying to be better at only posting the best so here we go.

I LOVE MY FAMILY. guys. i can't help it. i just love them so much!! haha (:

then the main event came closer and closer: GOING TO THE OSU GAME IN THE 'SHOE (ohio stadium) with my favorite sisters!!!!!!!!!! first time for me + ruth, 2nd for anna :D 

please enjoy the following progression of straight --> curly/messy hair and overall disheveled-ness as the rain came tumbling down....hahahaha.


right out of the car:

outside the jesse owens stadium (that i may or may not have thought from far away was the 'shoe...#embarassing hahahah) because we are the best (pretend) fans in the land!! hahaha

IN THE 'SHOE!!! #bucketlistitemcomplete (ps CHECK OUT THOSE BUCKEYE NECKLACES that ruth bought us!! and the view from our awesome seats that anna bought us!! know. just came along for the ride ;)


pretending we're different ethnicities, but i promise it was just starting to rain and we are still sisters (;

somewhere before halftime:

sometime after the half:

we spent most of halftime and all of the third quarter getting food/eating/going to the bathroom/putting all our warm/rain gear back on....hahahaha. i will never forget standing outside the bathroom like this for 10 minutes while my two big sisters went inside. all those balancing/waitressing skills finally coming in handy! (;

with our awesome osu buckeyes cookies from panera that ruth bought for us!

outside the entrance to our section: 8C!

amazing shot of the stadium!! pc: anna!

sigh. i don't usually repeat photos, but i can't help it. my heart is overfilling with joy. i just love my family!!!! thanksgiving, birthdays, christmas, every day of every year - i am so so stinking grateful for them. if home really is where the heart is, then this weekend it was for sure here 110% in ohio. <3

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