Surprising my mom for Mother's Day + her birthday

A few months ago, I saw a photo of my mother and I standing  in front of her van and I began to tear up. Now, again, I'm not an emotional person, but of course I miss my family. So.... I decided to fly home for my mom's birthday and mother's day.

The only ones who knew were my brothers and their significant others. My dad nor anyone else knew I was coming.

My younger brother + his girlfriend picked me up at the Trenton airport this past Friday and the plan was to get dinner at their place and then head over to my parents house. When the time came, I was quite nervous because I hate surprises. I asked my brother's gf to get it on film and you can watch it for yourself below. 

My mother, on the other hand, is an emotional person, so naturally when she saw me, she cried. My dad told me he had a feeling I was coming home, but they both just shrugged it off.

I was really looking forward to meeting their dog, Fido, who ran up to me as soon as he saw me. 

We spent the weekend catching up, eating dinner together, playing video games, shopping + getting our nails done.  

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It was nice to spend time with my family. But, the north is just too darn expensive and there's not much to do. Also, we wanted to take a risk and move somewhere new. That sort of experience tests your relationship. It makes your relationship stronger and you tend to lean on your partner a bit more.

I got cozy with my parents dog because I missed my two doggies. We cuddled + spent plenty of time together.

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Yesterday, was Mother's Day and my family came over to celebrate. We made eggplant parm + played a game. Honestly, we could have done more activities, but it's not always about doing ACTIVITIES, sometimes just being together is much more enjoyable. 

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The worst part about visiting is leaving. I always end up feeling empty and sad because not knowing the next time I'll see my family upsets me, but I chose this, so I need to be able to handle it.  It hurts though because I don't get to see them every day, but at the same time, I love Greenville and I love all the possibilities it has to offer.. So, even though I get rather sad when I leave my family, I'm happy to come back.

Until next time, PA.