So the suspense is over. After two months of keeping my fat mouth shut* I can finally talk about the surprise visit this month.
It all started in September, about 8 weeks ago. Ashley's husband Jason called Pannie and I one afternoon and explained his idea. Essentially it was this:
I have 2 Southwest flights that expire in December 2011. I'm not going to have a chance to use them. I would love to fly you two out and surprise Ash for her birthday. What do you think?
What do we think?! Well he knew what we thought. Ash's birthday was the first weekend in November but I was in Colombia and Pannie was Maid of Honor in her sister's wedding so the 2nd week won out. Good news is I think it might have helped throw her off. Ash said she had an inkling awhile ago that he might surprise her (she knew there were 2 almost expired tickets and they mentioned it briefly this spring) but Jason kept throwing her off by telling her about the 'surprise' trip they had planned.
After we rang the bell and surprised her Friday we went upstairs and saw a good portion of Ash's closet on the bed as Jason encouraged her to 'pack' on Friday evening. Once she gave him a little bit of sass about the trick, (all in good fun) we had a lovely relaxing girls weekend.
One of the great things about surprising someone is they don't plan anything - no agenda! I had NO AGENDA!- so you can lounge around and chat and drink tea or coffee or wine and enjoy each other's company because that's what it's all about.
We also finally watched the Friends series finale. See, it aired after school ended on spring and Ash couldn't bear to watch it without us. So she's been waiting for seven years and this weekend seemed like as good a time as any.
Quasi-related, I read The Hunger Games on my [free!] airplane ride. If you have not read it, go ahead and order yourself a copy. Amazon has it for $5! The movie will be out soon and I am quite certain it will be good. But you know the book is always better.
*I am in actuality a good secret keeper