MOM’S here — in time for baby!!!!

Okay NOW the party can begin … my mom arrived from
South Africa this weekend to be here for baby!
Leading up to her visit I’ve been so worried the baby
would come early, and now that she’s here we can
all relax and hope baby doesn’t come too late :)

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetWe have her all to ourselves for almost 3 weeks and couldn’t feel luckier
that she was able to come from South Africa where she and my dad are
serving as mission presidents for our church for three years. They are in
their final year and she hasn’t been in the USA for 2 whole years! My dad
had to stay and run the mission which is definitely hard on us all, but he is
SO with us in spirit and represented by my sweet mom who flew 30+ hours
to get here! My parents are my best friends and I can’t imagine doing this
without her (though we are missing my Dad lots). So lucky this worked out!

IMG_3966She flew from Johannesburg –> through Dubai –>
and straight to San Francisco!

(Such long flights…South Africa is tooo dang far away.)
Processed with VSCO with f2 presetWe pulled into SFO and I couldn’t contain my tears of excitement//
emotion at getting to reunite with my mom for such a big occasion.
Processed with VSCO with f2 presetLinny’s welcome party! ^^ I always underestimate how long customs and
international baggage will take, so we patiently waited for her to come out!
mom visit!Sunflowers, balloons, and signs to greet her // and Chase snapped a pic
of me waiting because I was watching other reunions and tearing up already!
(Blame the hormones :)
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And, here she is!! ^^ And looking so cute after traveling for more than 2 days.
mom visit!2As we got in the car she was showing us her two-watch system
with South African time and California time. It was almost 1 AM
her time, so we took her straight to our very favorite lunch
spot to wake her up and get her on California time :)

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Hello, Lemonade! And hello, huge belly :) Ready to pop! ^^

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetWe had the yummiest late lunch to welcome her back to California …
This is one of our very favorite spots from Southern California
that has now made its way up here to NorCal! We are pretty
happy about it and so we had to take my mom here very first.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetA perfecy welcome to California: fresh salmon, tomato avocado salad,
pineapple chicken, curried chicken salad, and a caprese sandwich on
the best-ever bread. Can’t forget the fun flavors of lemonade on the side!
mom visit!3Processed with VSCO with f2 preset^^ Lemonades for our party of 3…soon to be 4!
Just wishing my dad was here to complete the party!
(Flavors are cucumber mint, Guava Limeade, and Blood Orange!)
mom visit!4Of course he sent the cutest gifts from South Africa ^^
A onesie from their rugby 
team and a cycling onesie saying
“Born to Ride”…haha already brainwashing her ;)

mom visit!5Perks of your mom visiting = her cooking and stocking our fridge up ^^
DesktopMy hubby + mom cooking dinner in the kitchen together = cutest thing.

I love their relationship and love how well they both take care of me!
mom visit!6We’ve been filling the weekend with brunching, ice cream-ing, the works.
Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAnd we had to take my mom back to the Cheesecake Factory for one
of our favorite meals…she has been out of the USA for 2 years, after all!

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If you know my mom you know she is the Energizer Bunny…she’s been go-go-go
the entire weekend since arriving, but tonight I finally got her to sit down for a
movie and the jet lag hit :) We better all catch some zzzzs before baby comes this week!


'MOM’S here — in time for baby!!!!' has 10 comments

  1. July 17, 2016 @ 11:08 pm kelly

    how are you guys ever going to afford a (nice) house in the south bay on just one income? And it doesn’t seem like your husband makes the big engineering + stocks bucks either.


  2. July 18, 2016 @ 1:57 am Laurie

    Sweetest reunion. So happy that she could come all the way!


  3. July 18, 2016 @ 4:30 am Bev Philipp

    This is such a precious moment for your family. I remember having my mom fly in from out of state to visit when baby was born felt amazing. To have your mom there while giving birth will be such an amazing feeling, and I wish nothing but a smooth delivery for you :)


  4. July 18, 2016 @ 3:06 pm Hannah Lewis

    Sorry about the rude comment above, you have better things to think about right now..and really forever. So so happy for you that your mom made it! Also if I knew the Bay Area had a Lemonade now I might not have left so THANKS for that torture. the mini lemon meringue pie is one of my favorite things — promise you’ll get one for me sometime!!! xx


  5. July 18, 2016 @ 3:47 pm Hannah

    That is awesome that your mom was able to fly out to be with you! What a special time you guys get to share :) We just flew back from Hawaii and our grand total flying hours were less than 8 but I still felt SO exhausted. So I can only imagine 30 hours! I am just a rookie when it comes to flying, haha. Anyway, best wishes to you and your upcoming baby!


  6. July 18, 2016 @ 4:04 pm Sarah

    So fun and sweet! Thinking of you guys through this big event!!!!!!


  7. July 18, 2016 @ 11:02 pm Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    I’m sooo happy your mom made it in time. My mom will be here in two weeks and your post just made me even more excited. I am stalking your Insta and snapchat waiting for that little baby girl to make her appearance!


  8. July 19, 2016 @ 11:35 pm mom

    So cute of you to capture! Couldn’t be happier to be here!


  9. July 23, 2016 @ 2:09 pm Rachel

    What a wonderful way to welcome your mom back. So glad she’s able to be there to spend time with you and the new baby!


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