Planes, Trains & Surprises

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2015 is all about celebrations and milestones for my family and this week centred on a big surprise I had been planning.

The last time I was back in Australia, (which wasn’t that long ago), was to celebrate my sister’s wedding.

Unfortunately I missed my dad’s 60th Birthday and it was looking like I was going to miss my Pa’s 90th Birthday too.

But a few weeks ago I had major attack of FOMO and felt the need to come back home to celebrate Pa’s significant achievement of turning 90!

Luckily for me I have a very understanding and generous husband who instantly said ‘yes’ to me going home…..even though I will miss his birthday next week. 🙁  (He is the best, love him to bits).

So I bought my ticket, informed Meredith, dad and a few of my friends of my plan and decided to keep it a surprise for mum.

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If you know my mum you will understand it’s hard to keep anything from her.

So this meant limiting my skype and whatsapp conversations and always being on guard with what I would discuss (hence the post-it note reminders).

After a delayed flight, a day in Sydney with my sister and a cruisey train trip home, the surprise came off!

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Mum came home from yoga and I jumped out and surprised her. It was all a bit overwhelming – you can see the funny video here on my Facebook timeline!

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Now I’m not a baker but my Pa has always loved my cupcakes with pink icing and it’s a bit of a tradition to bake a batch for his Birthday.

Once the excitement and the tears subsided after being re-united with mum, I got straight into the kitchen to bake some cakes!

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I’m pleased to report that my cakes where a hit and both my grandparents were excited to see me….and thankfully neither of them had a heart attack!

But I thought my Aunty might have when she walked in and saw me!

I’m so grateful to have this fleeting visit and to have such a wonderful husband and beautiful family.

Hope you have a great weekend.

I’m looking forward to having a dance with my Pa at his party on Sunday!

Love,

 

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