Home for a week.
A surprise visit home- it costed me a bomb, but you can't put a price on family, your loved ones.
Mum's birthday fell on June 2- I wrote to her that she was going to get a surprise big big big pretty package a week later. That package was going to be me :)
Dad and my three younger sisters were roped in. Everyone kept it a secret til the end. Some minor glitches along the way including one where right after I paid for my flight ticket online and texted my dad, he told me mum was thinking of coming over to Chicago! I went NOOO! (because I had just paid, and there was going to be no refund *lol*)--- Anyway, baby sister and dad managed to persuade her otherwise :)
She was pleasantly surprised at 7am on Sunday :) She was ecstatic and literally, jumping and clapping in joy *hearts* She squeezed me tight, gave me a big kiss on my cheeks and hugged me.
We all then changed for a very early breakfast together as a family, united :)
Ahhh it's so nice to be home sweet home with family :)