Friday was my sister Anna’s birthday and we surprised her with a visit from my sister Diane and her husband Frank from New Mexico. She had no clue and it was an awesome and emotional surprise. Those are the best ones.
After a fantastic Italian dinner we headed over to a Karaoke studio where you can rent a private room and sing all you want.
The songs I sang were:
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
We Built This City – Starship (with Anna. I only chose this song because I wanted to sing “knee deep in the hoopla”)
The Right Stuff – NKOTB (with Jasmine. She did most of the singing and I did the entire dance)
Easy Lover – Phil Collins (I sang) & Phillip Bailey (Anna sang his part)
We Are The World – USA for Africa (what made this so sweet was my sister Jennifer and I sang the whole thing switching off parts, shouting out the names of each new singer AND impersonating each one. So. Freaking. Awesome. We must get that on video one day.)
Afterwards we headed back to the Simmons pad for cake, ice cream, and presents. It was a great evening.
Saturday was a day filled with making scones, Devonshire cream (which yours truly made and it was truly delicious), and avoiding smoke.
My sister Anna is getting married soon and her bridal shower was on Saturday, so the sister surprise was for two purposes. My wife and sister made scones and I got to make the cream. All came out great and they had a fantastic time at the shower.
Us guys hung out trying to install a ceiling fan (it was pretty much just my brother in law and me standing there) and watching TV about the fires. We were not too far away from Yorba Linda fire so it looked like nighttime outside by 3PM. So scary.
When the girls got back from the shower we got dinner and watched TV all night.
Sunday morning before church I took my sister and her husband to LAX. When I walked outside I saw smoke and ash everywhere.
Dropping my sister off and saying goodbye is always emotional for us. We are all very close and as much as distance does not mean you are any less close, it does make you cherish those moments when you can be face to face.
And honestly, hugging a loved one is about the greatest thing ever.