For the few months that we new our true date and time we were to land at BWI was kept a mystery of sorts to my family. They all believed we would not be home until Friday the 20th. We were about to pull off a huge surprise. We were going to get my mom and grandparents. I had a few select undercover people who knew the true arrival date. My sister Shannon, My cousin Megan, and my moms boyfriend Derek. They all had the set tasks. Shannon and Derek were to make sure my mom was there on time and she took the whole day off of work. Megan to make sure my grandparents were there. I had to get in touch my cousin Josh’s girlfriend April to watch my uncle who had a car wreck at thanksgiving. She agreed. So all the plans were about to be set in Motion.
I contacted the Waterford Olive Garden and Melissa answered. She is one of the managers there. I explained we were overseas and coming home after being gone for over 3 years. We were looking to surprise my family and would they be able to accommodate 20 of us. She graciously agreed. I am not sure who was more excited her or me. It took us 3 weeks of careful planning and avoid calling and all that fun stuff. I didn’t want to spill the beans.
Our hard work of avoiding paid off. I skyped with my mom before I left Germany as a just incase. She thought we were leaving to Italy. That she would be going and signing Papers for me as a power of attorney. HA! That my grandparents would be joining her for lunch because they all have had some craziness going on in their lives. Worked like a charm.
The morning arrived and I got ready. I got the kids showered and dressed nice. We left the hotel we stayed in. I do not recommend the Days Inn in Groton. We went and did some shopping at Walmart for the few items we needed. We got our cell phones and then headed to the restaurant. My nerves were in hyper drive. I couldn’t wait to see my family. I can’t put into words how much I have missed them.
Here are the videos of surprising my moms side of the family. We had to do it in 2 parts as my grandparents arrived later.
Here we are surprising my Mom.
Surprising my Grandma. Her reaction was the best.
We want to thank the Olive Garden in Waterford for all their help and hard work. You all did an amazing job in making this a special occasion that we will never forget.