Friday, July 15, 2011

a train, 4 surprises and some photos

I debated what to title this post because a post title that includes words like "announcing", "expecting" or "pregnant" can certainly get the rumor mills going. I will satisfy curiosity from the start and say that I am not expecting.

Kelly's Korner, a blog you may have heard of or read and that I have linked to before, is hosting a link-up for people to tell how they told their husband and families that they were pregnant.

I didn't ever tell the story on my blog of how we announced we were expecting David so I thought I would share now.

Adrian and I found out that we were expecting David over a weekend in August, right before school started back. There was no announcing to Adrian as there was no way I could have kept it a secret from him that I was taking a pregnancy test. We found out together.

As for our families though . . . having only been married a little over ten months, I thought we might just have the surprise factor on our side and I had SUCH a good time surprising everyone.

As I said, we found out we were expecting in August.

My parents' anniversary is in August and my parents had also just moved to Colorado that summer.

I called my dad up and asked him if we could please come and visit and see their new home and could we keep it a surprise from mom? He told my mom that he had a surprise for her that he would be picking up and she just thought it was something for their anniversary since it was that week.

My sweet brother and sil who knew we were coming in town and trying to surprise her helped out by taking her to dinner along with my sister-in-law's mom to get her mind off the surprise to come while my dad came to pick us up at the airport.

It was crazy because while we were at Dallas Love Field waiting to board our Southwest flight, my mom called Adrian's phone from my dad's phone! He thought it was my dad of course and so answered and was surprised when it was my mom and was trying to talk loudly and get off the phone quickly to keep her from hearing the gate agent announcing boarding for Denver! She thankfully didn't hear.

My dad picked us up and we made it to my parents' home in Colorado Springs. My brother, sil, her mom and my nephew were all there as well since they had just returned from dinner. When we walked in the door, my mom was super happy surprised/shocked and teared up and we were all so excited and happy.

We said that we should take a photo to commemorate so we lined everyone up in front of the fireplace. Adrian was taking the pictures and said, "Say cheese" and snapped the picture above.

Then one of them said, "say surprise" so they did this "surprised pose" and Adrian took another picture.

Then Adrian said we should take one more and he said, "Say Kelly's pregnant" and this is the photo we got!

I love it! They were all looking at me. It was so much fun!

The part of the story this photo doesn't show though is that my brother and sister-in-law were newly expecting as well but they hadn't told anyone yet. They were extremely generous and didn't tell anyone anything at that point and let us have our time in the limelight and then announced about a week later. It was soo much fun to share that and we took photos documenting our pregnancies that Christmas. We even shared the same due date although in the end our boys decided to come 15 days apart.

We had more surprises to come though. My mom took us to Trinidad, CO, a couple hours away, where Amtrak provides service and we intended to hide in the train station so as not to be seen.

When we got there though this was what we found in place of a station.

Too small to hide inside plus I think it was locked.

So as this train rounded the bend we tried to look non-chalant and hide the best we could.

We said good-bye to my mom who if you couldn't tell was excited about that new grandbaby in my belly.

We got on the train and made our way to the observation car where we found what we were looking for. There was a seat next to a lady but you could tell she didn't really want anyone to sit there. She had set her purse and sweater on the bench beside her and Adrian simply picked up her things and shoved his way onto the bench.

She looked up in shock and surprise and then her face changed as she realized that the cad settling in beside her was her SON!

That was a fun surprise!

My mother-in-law and brother-in-law were traveling by train from Pittsburgh to New Mexico to visit family and we had been planning to fly into Albuquerque and meet up with them. That was a great plan but when we found out we were expecting and decided to go to Colorado to share the news we began looking for an alternate way to get to New Mexico and this plan worked out beautifully.

We surprised them by being on the train and then we did the same picture taking telling them we were pregnant. I love this series Adrian captured.

We had so much fun sharing our news with our families and it all seems so long ago now that I have this sweet little guy around all day long to hang out with.

photo taken by Adrian when we were out to dinner for his birthday

If you'd like to see how I shared on the blog, you can check out this post.


Mindy S. said...

What a great mother-son picture. But I still think that picture of your family in response to "Kelly's Pregnant" is one of the best pictures I have ever seen. You just don't get to see expressions like that on camera very often. :-)

emily said...

Great post! I loved seeing your family pic again & didn't know the Adrian's-side bits, so it was fun to learn! I hope you had fun @ the mall Friday ;) See you soon I hope!!!

Karen said...

I love that memory and I LOVE the way your little guy is looking at you with such love.

rebecca said...

Very fun post!
Good thing I didn't choke on a fly : )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog. Have fun at Unique when you go.

Thrifty Mommy in DC


Amanda said...

AHHH! I've ready a ton from Kelly's Korner and this is my FAVE! My inlaws LOVE trains, and they live 12 hours away. I'm already trying to figure out how I can pull off something like this if I'm ever blessed with this kind of news to share! :)

Amanda said...

*read a ton...typing too fast!

mindy said...

LOVE it!! What a fun and clever idea! The pics of your families are a perfect keepsake!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I love these stories, Kelly! Those were big surprises to pull off, but you did it!!!

By the way, we were in Trinidad yesterday. It's a cute little town...we were very surprised by it.

Sarah B said...

I enjoyed hearing the stories again! Of course, you've set the bar high... :)

Jessica H said...

Cute post! And I like that you said "cad". My mom says that and if I say it people look at me like I'm crazy! :)

Cat said...

I love the pic idea...may have to "borrow" that in the future if i'm blessed with number 3!! so cute. I shared mine as well on Kelly's Korner #81