Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Surprise!

Many of you know that I drove over from Seattle to Spokane to surprise Jay!

I was sitting on my parents couch on Christmas evening ... and it just HIT me.

I didn't want to be away from Jay anymore.

So, I packed up Cooper, and I packed up myself ... and I made the snowy drive (yes mom, slowly, safely, and cautiously) the morning after Christmas.

The drive was longer then usual due to snowy/icy conditions on the pass. And the entire 3-hour drive once over the pass was somewhere near 10 degrees (read: windshield-wiper fluid frozen while semi's (unsafely) blow past you ... spraying their sandy, muddy, slushy gunk onto your windshield - which you can't clean.).

Fun times!

I will have to say ... surprising Jay was awesome. His entire family knew about it.

Jay had NO idea.

He was totally shocked.

When I arrived at his parents house, Jay's brother Casey met me outside and let Cooper in. I entered the house but hid behind the coat-rack.

Cooper ran around the house frantically. Jay ran upstairs and stared at Cooper in utter disbelief. I wish I could have snapped a picture of his face. I considered recording it on my camera.

He looked at Cooper for a good 20 seconds and said, "That's Cooper!?!" Both a statement and a question.

And then he looked at his brothers and said, "How did he get here?"

Then he noticed me standing behind the coat rack and then I got mauled by his hugs & kisses.

Yep ... that's pretty much how it went.


Spokane has received record amounts of snowfall for December. There is between 3-4 FEET of snow on the ground.

And it's still snowing.

I love it.

I'd like to recap the last few days with a series of terrible-quality pictures, all taken with a cell phone camera (don't judge the quality and it's user) ...

I about passed out with glee when I looked outside and saw Jay's dad using a snow blower.

Living in Seattle my entire life, I've never had the grandious fortune of learning how to use one. I think I got dressed in my snow gear in about 7 seconds.

This is me ... snow blowing the Stookey's loooong driveway (I'm so happy - I love snow blowing):
Another snow blowing action shot (Jay's brother Pat is in the background shoveling snow). Apparently Jay thought it was hilarious how much fun I thought it was. Hey ... anything is fun when you first try it! The novelty of doing work while having fun hasn't worn off yet:

And now some "action shots" from the boys ....
This is Jay's dad 'reading':

Casey, 'watching TV':

And Jay ...
Pat is the only Stookey boy that I haven't snapped a picture of yet.
He better watch out.


Suzi said...

Oh my gosh, I bet the look on his face when Cooper ran in was awesome! Very cool that you were able to do that! I was smiling the whole time I read it!

Kelly McPherson said...

YAY! I'm so glad you made it safely and well, that you went at all. :-) Love the snowblowers, aren't they great?

bekah said...

aw how sweet is that??

I love to shovel I get where you are coming from on the snowblowing.

becky said...

How fun Lisa, I always love doing stuff like that,Enjoy!!!

jlhowerton said...

So, so glad you made it safely! I'm sure you are is favorite Christmas present!

Eve said...

What a fun surprise! I love the pictures of all the guys sleeping. It's the same in our family...TOO FUNNY!

marisabutterworth said...

You are seriously TOO CUTE! I love it. I found myself smiling at the end of the posting. You guys are ADORABLE!

Diane Davis said...

i am so glad that you not only surprised jay, but you also listened to your own voice in not being alone. that snow looks intense! be safe driving back. and, yeah, love the sleeping pictures too. do those boys look at your blog? ;)

Teabo Chica said...

okay what do you think I would say about your comments....see if we really are one like our team said re-read your blog entry and think like me :)

so glad you got to surprise Jay I was wonering what you are doing in Spokane.