Monday, April 6, 2009

My "High 5"

I've recently joined a gym as part of a decision to get back into better shape. I go almost every day at around 3 in the afternoon. Sometime last week, my sister e-mailed me and said she was coming to Provo to do some things and wondered if she could stop by my house to visit (she lives about 45 minutes away). She said she wouldn't be able to stop by until 2:30, so she asked if I could go to the gym later in the day. I replied in an email and said that would work, I then asked what she had to do in Provo.

I never got a response back from her and didn't think much about it until this morning when I was planning my day out. I started to get really worry that something was wrong and she needed to come talk with me face to face about something. I got a little more anxious still when Tim came home for the afternoon. I was worried that Kristen (my sister) would be uncomfortable talking about whatever it was in front of Tim.

Oh little did I know!

So I was on the phone with my parents, first my mom, and then my dad, just talking away and looking out our window. I was wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt because I was going to the gym in an hour or so.

So I'm looking out the window and then I think I see my sister drive by. But our neighbor's have a car similar to hers, so I figure it must be them. Then I see this car pull up slowly on the street, but I don't think much of it because it goes out of my view. A minute or so later, another car that I don't recognize pulls up and stops outside my house on the street). I can't see the people getting out very well, but I know that I don't know them. Next I see the car that I thought was my sister's drive by again. And then? I see my sister-in-law drive by and I am almost positive it's her. It continues to get better, because Lecia (my sister-in-law) drove by two more times! I'm a little perplexed now but still don't think much of it. Then a white car pulls up and stops on the street in front of our neighbor's house. I didn't recognize the car, until my aunt gets out of it! I'm so confused, so I change windows to get a better view and see my sister, my aunt, and two other people I don't know all talking on the sidewalk. I told my dad that I needed to go and hung up the phone. I continue to watch the people, while Tim is totally just sitting on the couch, not wondering what's going on at all. And then I see the lady I don't know pull out a microphone with a news label on it. I tell Tim and he casually says, "maybe you should change your shirt."

ACK! I quickly run into my room and change both my shirt and pants, but there's no time to fix the hair or put on makeup because the door is being knocked on! Tim tells me I'd better answer it. So I open the door and there is the woman with the microphone, a man with a video camera, my sister, my sister-in-law, and my aunt!

I forget the woman's name, but she was from KSL5 and was giving me a "High 5." She said that they seek to recognize people who have changed others lives for the better and that my sister had nominated me for a high five! So we gave high fives and then she interviewed me a little, while I'm standing there dumbfounded on my doorstep. She also interviewed my sister, Kristen. All the while, Peter is jumping and throwing his blanket in the background.

Then they wanted to get some shots of me playing with the boys, so we tried that, but it's hard to stage playing, especially when you know people are watching. Then my best friend Janet came! She had walked from her house to mine with three kids 3 and under!!!! She is amazing! They interviewed her as well and Janet says such good stuff in front of the camera! I hope they show mostly her and Kristen, and not so much me.

Anyways, we got a gift bag that's got some passes in it for some places and a few other items. All in all, it was a really cool thing and I'm honored that my sister thought to nominate me! And now it makes sense why Tim spent his afternoon home cleaning our house (they told my sister that they might film inside or outside my house). They said that they air their high 5s on Friday mornings around 6:30, but the woman didn't know if it would be this Friday or the next one. So once I find out, I'll let you know. I guess you can also see it on ksl.com after it'll be on t.v.

(Sorry if that ended abruptly. While in the middle of the last paragraph, Benjamin started screaming and I went to check and blood was oozing out of his mouth (and wouldn't stop). We've now got everything under control, but I lost my train of thought and just ended the story soon thereafter.)

Thanks for the High 5 KSL and everyone who was in on it!

12 comments:

Erika said...

That is so cool! I'm so thrilled that your sister would nominate you! You definately deserve every bit of it! Congrats!

Heather said...

Aren't secrets GREAT....I'm so excited that it happened, it sounded like something you soooo deserved! Glad it all went off without a hitch...well, kinda of! LOL :)

Holly said...

How neat is that! What a wonderful surprise that must have been! Congrats!!

Misty said...

I can totally see this unfolding...

But, I guess it can be pay since you saw me in my rotten night gown today...

Is it on this Friday?

SHILLIG4FAMILY said...

so exciting! I loved the way you told the story! You are such a great writer!

Kristen said...

I think it's funny that you said you hoped they focused on Janet's and my comments - because I was thinking that I hoped they focused on yours and Janet's - I can't even remember what non-sensical rambling came out of my mouth - but I remember being impressed by both of you. Love you!

Janet said...

I would walk a lot further and with more kids just for you, my friend! I don't think I remember anything that I said either and I was totally blubbering/crying the whole time. I don't think it looked very pretty...so my vote is for you and Kristin to get on camera :o) It was a great thing, though, and I can't think of anyone more deserving than you and Tim!

Emalee said...

Oh I can't wait to watch let me know so i can get it recorded I am suppose to be a sleep at that time you getting of work between 1 and 3 am does that to you! can't wait!!!

Camille said...

Well deserved!

Andi said...

You deserve it, and thanks to Kristen for initiating such a fun surprise.

gerald said...

Our lives have been so very blessed by you, by Emma, and the high road you have taken during this ordeal. I am glad that others will be able to recognize the "inner-gold" we get to experience in our relationships with you.

That being said, we will need someone to tape the prgram so that we can watch Peter jumping up and down with the blanket, as well as any ramblings that come from you, Kristen or Janet :)

Jennifer Rose said...

Congratulations! You have truly blessed so many lives with your strength!