Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A surprise visit

Saturday, the 19th, Neil decided out of the blue that he needed to get out of the house. I had a Primary Activity that morning followed by a baby shower that afternoon. Originally we'd planned to head out after the shower so we wouldn't have anything to rush back for. But as soon as I got home from the activity, Neil was strangely anxious to go right then. I was confused and a little irritated by his pushiness, especially when he wasn't clear about where we were even going or what we were going to do when we got there. He kept mentioning Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and how there were some nice areas there for potential photo shoots he thought we could scope out. While it still seemed random and weird, I went with it.

It wasn't until we drove into the parking lot and walked inside the resort that I was convinced something was up. Where, inside this resort, would I want to do a photo shoot? Come on! Not seconds after approaching the restaurant area just inside did I notice Neil looking around. That's when I knew what this was all about. So I asked, "So um, who are we meeting here?" Really, I was humoring him. I already knew the answer. Sure enough, sitting outside on the balcony overlooking Pikes Peak, was my wonderful brother, David! It turns out he had a music convention there at the resort that weekend - of all places! After the moment of surprise had passed, I learned that after the convention, he was planning to come hang out with us for a couple days! Double bonus!

We enjoyed a nice lunch (with a nice view), then headed home, leaving David behind to finish what he really came out to Colorado for. Sunday, when we got home from church, he headed over and we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of football and good company. The 49ers even won, which made the day that much better! David played his saxophone for Chloe, which she absolutely loved, and entertained her in other ways that only Uncle D is capable of doing! I wish I'd captured their music duets. They were priceless. Next time!! Monday, we had our traditional sushi date, and then just goofed around the rest of the day. I was sad to see him go Tuesday morning, but we made the most of our short time together. I'm so grateful for a brother who, despite his busy, crazy life, makes the time to come hang with his little sis when he can! Thanks again, David! And long live the Avalanche II roll!


Wendy said...

Aw, that's awesome you were able to spend some time with David!

Mama/Gma Jill said...

How did Dad and I ever get such precious kids??!!.....David, you, Neil, Chloebug, Ryan......
All so wonderful.....beyond wonderful ("actually," as Chloebug would say :)
What a fun surprise! You all look so happy.
And what a great picture!

Love you all so much......
Mama/Gma Jill