Saturday, March 2, 2013
A Surprise for Katie and Drew
When we decided last-minute to go to Baby Kate's blessing, I realized that we would have an opportunity to see Katie and Drew when we were passing through Salt Lake City. I was about to email them and ask about their schedules when I got an even better idea...
What if we surprised them?
I absolutely love surprises, and this idea was just too much to resist. I knew it was a long shot that, with such short notice, they would both have the day off of work, but I contacted their mothers, and, lo and behold, their schedules were open! What are the chances? So we did a little scheming and made a plan for them to meet us at a local restaurant at a specified time.
We got to the restaurant a little early, and I was so nervous and excited that I couldn't stop pacing around. I bet all of the other diners thought I was nuts, pacing back and forth as I watched intently out the front window for their car to pull up.
When they finally arrived and started walking up to the restaurant, I thought for sure Katie knew: she was adjusting her jacket, giggling a little, and fiddling with her hair in a way that seemed a little nervous to me. "Oh well," I thought. "So the surprise didn't work out, but it will still be fun to see them."
The minute that they walked into the restaurant and spotted us, however, I knew that Katie was definitely surprised. I was holding Noah in my lap, raising his little hand in the air and waving it at her. She did a double take for a second, then gasped, then covered her mouth in shock, and then ran over and threw her arms around us in a hug. Her eyes welled with tears, and when I asked, "How are you??" she said, "Awesome, now! I think I'm gonna cry!" So priceless!
Drew wasn't surprised (though his mom swore on her eternal marriage that we weren't in town when he asked her, he apparently wasn't convinced--hahaha!), but he was just as excited to see us as Katie was. We had a lovely lunch together, and we all admired Noah as usual and talked about how perfect, brilliant, and handsome he is. He takes a little while to warm up, but by the end of the meal he was playing trucks with Drew and charming everyone with his darling personality. Love him.
And love seeing him having fun with his birthparents!