I LOVE surprises. Always have and always will. Gifts, events, food - if it is a surprise it makes it about 10 times better. I am a little picky so it isn't really fair when it comes to gift giving but I can't help it. Richard was supposed to be home from his rotation in Indianapolis really late on Thanksgiving. The plan was to meet him at his parent's house around 11:00 pm. We hadn't seen each other since Sept and only two times total since May. Basically I was dying for him to get home. On the eve of Thanksgiving Sharice, Steve and I went to Tandoori Oven, which happens to be in gas station to get some delicious Indian food. He called me a couple of times because he was supposedly driving to Des Moines. We got home from dinner and were just hanging out as a fam and in walked Rich! I was speechless and so happy. He had told lie upon lie in order to make it a complete surprise, which I approve of. It was the best gift anyone could have ever given me. This Thanksgiving will go down in my best memories book.
^^I'm not the only one who missed him. She wouldn't stop kissing him and insisted on being held by "Dada" for the next 3+ days. Below is one of my favorite pics ever. You can see the love for him in her little face.^^
^^The Larsen's and Aunt Marla (my grandpa's sister who used to play pro softball. She has looked the same since I was an infant. I swear.)^^
^^My Grandma & Grandpa Bankhead. They couldn't be cuter.^^
^^Mastering the fish face for dad.^^
^^I finally invested in a carrier cause of a great black Friday deal. Pretty sure I missed the boat to carry Henley in one. She looks like a 1st grader in it and my back was breaking.^^
^^Hitting up the Aggie basketball game with Grandma and Grandpa.^^
Also, on Thanksgiving day we moved down to American Fork to live with his parents for a few months since Rich is working in Salt Lake. Henley celebrated the move by waking up the first night at 3:00 am and not going back to bed until 7:30 am. It was a bit of a rude awakening for Rich. Is it terrible to say that I'm glad I didn't have to suffer alone? So glad he is home. We loved 2013 Thanksgiving!