Last weekend, I flew home to surprise my mama for Mother's Day. Richie picked me up after work, and had told my parents beforehand that he was going to take them out to dinner. He called them when we were on the way, and I called afterward to make them believe that I was still in San Francisco.
They totally took the bait. We surprised them at Cheesecake Factory, and as usual, my parents didn't recognize me. They thought Richie was taking them to dinner to introduce them to his new girlfriend or something, so when they saw me, it took a minute to sink in. No idea why it always takes a second for them to recognize me. Must be the hair. Anyway, the weekend was so much fun, and a nice respite from work and everything else. Plus, Irwin was gone for two weeks visiting the Home Office in Bentonville, AR for work, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some quality time with my family. After dinner, I met up with my lovely tweedle twin Kat, and we talked and caught up on life at Yard House in Brea. I always love catching up with her.. We've been friends for more than 10 years now and nothing has changed since high school. Truly amazing.
The following day we took my mom out to go shopping at South Coast Plaza. I hadn't been there since I was in high school, and I had totally forgotten how HUGE the mall is. And since it was Mother's Day weekend, it was packed.. so many people buying last minute Mother's Day gifts. It was fun running around and trying things on and drooling over things that only celebrities could afford. But we had so much fun together.. We ended up eating at Ruby's for a (relatively) quick bite before heading over to the theater to watch Iron Man 3. LOVED it! Sunday we went to church, and then I was driven to Long Beach airport to fly back home. After almost a decade of flying through that airport, it FINALLY has a real terminal! So long to the old stuffy trailers that served as terminals- there was actually a nice cafe type area and glass windows from top to bottom so you could see your plane arrive and park. Pretty awesome. As usual, it was hard to leave my family, but we all had a good time. It's always so short, but I'm glad we made the most of it.