Thanks to everyone involved in the planning and/or not-ruining of the surprise Joe gave me this weekend: HIMSELF! It was amazing. We had been talking all week, and both "had plans" Friday night (mine were legit; going out with friends from work). Joe was also "going out with friends," so we planned on chatting online around midnight my time. We got online and were talking about our day, and suddenly Joe typed: "The real reason I set up tonight was so I could do something for you. There is something waiting for you outside your front door. Go get it."
I looked out my peephole and saw a smiley face heart balloon. I could tell someone was holding it, but didn't really think it could be him. And then I opened the door, and there he was! Until I opened the door and saw his face, I had NO clue he would be coming. I was so happy to see him; I can't even describe it.
Our weekend was pretty low key; lots of picking up around the condo and putting furniture together on Friday. We ordered pizza and watched movies and it was so much fun to just be together. Ben, Shauna and the boys came in on Sunday. Josh was a natural on the marimba and Zach showed us how he scoots around. Joe made crab cakes and I made kabobs (2 of the 3 or 4 recipes we know). Ben and Shauna helped us mount our TV over the fireplace in time to catch the Celtics-Lakers game.
This morning we made the trip to Dulles at 5 am so Joe could catch his flight and get back to work. It was a great 53 hours :) I know we all joke about how silly and funny Joe is, (and he is...that's one of the reasons I'm in love with him!) but he's also very thoughtful and caring. I know it took a lot of effort to get the tickets, come out here, and most of all keep a secret like that for so long.
And now it's back to reality...but things will be a little busier than usual with Ben and Shauna's visit, and then work will pick up A LOT with freshman orientation, (I'm working 12 days in a row. Yeah.) So *ideally* this last leg of apart-ness will go by much faster than the first. I'll put pictures up soon.