It’s Me!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 5, 2009


This is me on Thursday en route to a top secret location!

Oh boy did I miss you guys!

GAH! I have been so anxious to get on here and post about the past couple of days. I am sure all of you are wondering what the heck is going on! :)

Well, you will soon see why I couldn’t tell you!

It involved a trip to the airport by hubby…


And some top secret planning by yours truly and OSGMOM!


About two months ago, my mom told me that she was going to fly me out West to surprise my sister for her 30th birthday on June 6th! Of course, I was sooooo excited and knew we could put together a great surprise!

So for the past 2 months we have been plotting and planning and trying our best to keep it a secret.

I was busy this week planning and packing and trying to get everything sorted out with guest posts and business stuff before I took off! Now you can see why I was saying that I didn’t have much time to prepare my baking for the race next weekend- I will only have THREE days to do it all once I am home!!!!

I made sure to pack all my vitamins, tea, and Amazing Grass products so I could stay healthy while on vacation!


About a couple weeks ago, I figured out a fun way to surprise my sister Kristi. She told me that she wanted to buy one of the tea boxes for herself because she loved them so much. So I decided to buy her one, fill it up, and get it engraved:


My mom told my sister that she wanted to take her out Thursday night as a special birthday present from me. All we told my sister was that my mom was taking Kristi to the mall and then out to dinner!

And this is where my part came in…

I flew in yesterday morning and my mom and stepdad picked me up and took me to their house. I showered, ate, and we got ready, and then my stepdad drove me to the shopping mall before my sister and mom arrived. I went into a store called Stokes and hid- yes I hid- in the back of the store with the tea box that I made for her!

It was quite funny because I told the store clerk the whole story and I am pretty sure she thought I was a mad lady! Then at the last minute I was like, ‘Pssssst…can you do me a huge favour?’ My mom and sister are going to come into the store and my mom is going to say that there is a tea box on hold for her. Can you bring her to the back of the store where I am hiding?’ She laughed and agreed- I mean, I’m sure she was scared of this crazy lady in the back of her store and felt obliged! lol. So I waited. In heels and my Nicole Miller dress, tea box clutched in my hands. I was dressed to the nines and feeling a bit silly. I waited, hiding in the back of the store. It felt like hours. No days. My feet were beginning to hurt and I wondered if I had gone to the right store.

Finally, I heard it. The heels clacking in the store, followed by my mom and sister’s voices. My heart was pounding and I had a huge goofy grin on my face. I made sure I stayed out of sight. The store clerk brought them to the back of the store to ‘pick up the tea box’ that was on ‘layaway’ and I made sure to keep my back turned to them. My mom walked over to me and tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Excuse me’ and I whirled around.

The price on my sister’s face was nothing short of priceless! She was screaming and started to cry and she was truly 100% surprised to see me in that store! It was quite a moment. :D


After hugging, laughing, and telling Kristi the plans that were in the works for the past 2 months, we headed to a store where any lady would go- LULULEMON! For the other part of my sister’s gift, I decided to buy her a couple things at Lulu since she loves it as much as I do. She got two awesome new tanks (one of them was the same one as my white and blue ones, except in pink) and then a really nice orange one. She was just thrilled and all of her hard work at the gym has really paid off because she looked just amazing in the workout gear!!! Doesn’t she look fab? She told me that since January she has been consistently going to the gym 2-3 times a week and she has never felt better. She loves the weight classes at the gym and does them 2 times a week (they are 1 hour weight classes). Go sissy!! :)

And then we were off to a restaurant called Milestones!


We had such a great time and the food was amazing!!!


Kristi and I had a mojito. I had a delicious Mango mojito. It was my first mojioto ever and I was in love! In it was crushed mango, white rum, lime juice, and fresh mint. Pure heaven!!!


Then we shared an appetizer. It was garlic pita wedges with goat cheese, roasted garlic, and three kinds of salsa: corn, cranberry, and mango. I had 2 wedges and tried all three of the salsas. They were all fab.


For my entree, I had the grilled salmon on a bed of rice with seasonal vegetables:


It was really good, but the salmon was too salty for my taste. I ate 3/4 of the salmon, all the veggies, and half the rice.

My sister had Portobello mushroom pasta in a cream sauce:


And my mom had butternut squash ravioli with garlic bread:


Both of their dishes tasted amazing! I loved the mushroom sauce. :) Mmmmm.

For dessert my sister and I shared this double chocolate white macadamia nut cookie explosion with caramel, chocolate sauce, and a scoop of homemade gelato. I had about half of the cookie and it was out of this world amazing! All doughy and warm in the middle. Just in case you can’t tell from the pic, that is a HUGE cookie the size of my face! lol.


My mom had a bowl of the homemade gelato drizzled in caramel sauce:


Then I gave Kristi her tea box! She loved it, especially the quote.


“My sister taught me everything I know and she was only in the 6th grade at the time” LOL!!!


If you know my sister, OR if you have an older sister, you know what I’m talking about!! She loved it. On the inside, I engraved ‘Happy 30th Birthday, Love Ange’.

Needless to say with a 2 hour time change, by 10pm I was zonked (midnight my time!). I was starting to zonk off on the drive home.

Rudi comforted me with his big ball of cuteness!!!!


I think I mulled him to death!!!


I called Eric to say hello (he was out with the boys up to no good- on a worknight! GASP! lol). And then wouldn’t you know it, I couldn’t fall asleep!!! I was soooo tired but I was still wired from the day. I didn’t fall asleep until about 2am my time!

This morning I was awake early- 7am MDT (which is 9EST) and not a soul was awake in the house but me! And Rudi too…

So what did we do? We headed down to the gym to get in a good workout before anyone was awake! This is one of my best tricks for staying healthy while on vacation. Get up before the rest of the family is up (or the guests arrive) and squeeze in a good workout!

The workout room is in the basement:


Rudi joined me- workout buddies are a must!

IMG_2771 He whipped me into shape!


My workout was fabulous! I don’t know about you, but when I get the chance to workout in a ‘new’ place, I find my motivation is renewed. Just having a change of scenery was nice!

The workout:

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Treadmill hill walking (incline 10%, speed 4.2-4.3 mph)
  • Max heart rate: 168 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 159 bpm

It was a really great workout and I was drenched in sweat at the end! My mom came down during the last 10 minutes and visited with me.

Then of course we were starving, so we made some green monsters!!

IMG_2783  IMG_2791

Mine, on the right, had these ingredients:

  • 3 cups steamed spinach
  • 2 garlic capsules
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 1 1/4 cup almond breeze
  • 1 T flax
  • 1 banana
  • tons of ice (the AB wasn’t cold)

It was soooooo delicious!!

Then guess who called? Kristi asking me if I wanted to go to the gym with her! Of course I didn’t want to say no and make her go by herself so off we went! I finally got to see my two nephews and I was so happy to see them I cried. I missed them SO much. I squeezed them for a LONG time. My oldest nephew (3.5 yrs) started screaming and smiling when he saw me- it was just priceless. He told me, ‘Auntie Angie, you are my favourite girl in the whole world. I want to marry you!’ :D He’s got me wrapped around his finger that is forsure!

En route to the gym I had a Larabar to give me some more fuel until lunch.

At the gym:


She’s rocking her new Lulu scoop neck tank! Love it! :)

Workout #2:

The second workout of the day kicked my butt too!

  • We ran around the track for 20 minutes
  • Then we did the step mill for another 15 minutes

Needless to say we were starving for lunch when we got home!

Well, I need to get back to the visiting fun!

On today’s agenda:

  • Baking for the race!
  • MOVIE NIGHT: He’s Just Not That Into You (I hope its good!!)

Tomorrow (Kristi’s Birthday):

  • GYM in AM
  • Day- not sure??
  • Night: Kristi, BIL, and I are going out to this French restaurant called Rouge for dinner and then we are hitting the bars! :)


All weekend up until Tuesday morning I have a slew of awesome guest posts lined up for you! I have about 3 per day scheduled! Many of the guest posts features bloggers and their journey to health stories! You don’t want to miss these!

I will also be posting updates on the trip over the next several days :)

‘See’ you soon!


Let's get social! Follow Angela on Instagram @ohsheglows, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Previous Posts

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole June 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm

That is so wonderful. I have an older sister too who lives far away (In Mass, me in Florida), so we rarely see each other:( This post kind of made me sad, but then again excited because I’ll be visiting her and my nephews at the end of July. She just ran the Boston marathon, how awesome, eh?
The tea box is such a thoughtful gift, I love surprises!!


Kelsey June 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

so pretty + so fun fun!! happy birthday to your OSGSIS!!


The Novice Berker June 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Oh my goshhh, what a sweet surprise!!! I’ll bet your sister was totally floored. And the teabox + Lululemon buys = a GREAT present. But I’ll bet she loved seeing you way more! And your nephews sound like they absolutely adore you. :)

Definitely interested in seeing what the guest posts will be about! Have a great trip in the meantime! ;)


girlrunningaround June 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Wow! What an awesome surprise! I love having sisters!


Moran (The Running Addict) June 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm

You are all so gorgeous!
And what a fabulous surprise for your sister!
Have a great time!


healthy ashley June 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm

How sweet of you and your mom to plan all of that! I could imagine your sister feeling so loved. The trip sounds awesome- and I want her pink scoop tank!!!


Run Sarah June 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm

What an awesomeeee surprise! You are the sweetest sister. You two remind me of me and my sister – I have an older sister too and we are so close, her birthday is June 7th! :) Have an awesome rest of your trip!


shannon June 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

That is honestly so sweet. What a fun surprise for your sis. Where out west are you?


brandi June 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

that is awesome that you got to go surprise her! I hope you have a great time visiting :)


Jenn June 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm

What an awesome surprise! You and your sister look absolutely fabulous. Love the dress, and I’m having quite the chuckle imagining you standing in the back of the Stokes store in it, waiting for her arrival.


elliebelle June 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

So fun!!! Sisters are great, I have a younger sister and we are best buds. You two are just gorgeous. And, you will LOVE He’s Just Not That Into You. I saw it in the theater and liked it so much I bought it the day it came out on DVD. Have fun on the rest of your trip!


Sarah June 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

How sweet, I hope you have a great time visiting your sister. I always wished I’d had one :)


Katherine June 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Such an adorable gift – sister, tea, dinner, lulu – perfect!! So glad you’re having a wonderful time with your family and I love that you can keep up with your exercise (and can go with your sister too)! Have a fantastic time and take LOTS of pictures :)


Leah @ Simply Fabulous June 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm

SO FUN!!! You are going to have a blast this weekend!!!


AlliJag June 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm

OMG – that is the cutest story ever! that feeling of surprisign someone is so exciting isn’t it?! that was just too sweet of you – i’m sure your sister will remember it for the rest of her life!

all of the ladies in your family are just gorgeous! you definitely glo! :)


carolinebee June 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm

AHHH i had the goofiest huge grin on my face just reading this!!! I think I love giving surprises even more than being surprised, this is soooo cute!! You two look gorgeous (and OSG momz of course) Have fun with your fam Ang!!


Whitney June 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm

So glad you got to see your sis for her birthday! Aren’t sisters just the best. I must admit, I saw He’s Just Not That Into in theaters and LOVED it. It’s the ultimate girl night movie. Have fun!


Allison June 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Awesome surprise! I hope you enjoy your trip :)


Dani June 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm

What a wonderful surprise!! I have been reading your blog for a month or so now, I suppose I am one of the lurkers ;) But I completely understand how excited you were to see your sister and your nephews. I don’t live that close to my brother and my niece, and when I do get to see them it is so fantastic! I love your blog, it has inspired me to strive for a much healthier living style. Hope you have a wonderful trip!!!


Kelly June 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm

What a wonderful surprise! Enjoy your time away…!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

How cool!!! I love the idea of the huge surprise!


Red Head, Yellow Dog June 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I love surprises! so fun!

I just watched he’s just not that into you today and I really liked it :) hope you do too!


Sara June 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

What a great surprise! Happy 30th to your sister! Welcome her to the 30 club for me (I just joined recently myself).


Alisa - Frugal Foodie June 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm

What a great trip! Glad you had such a wonderful time with your sister. Looks like Vancouver, no? I love Milestones :)


Liz & In The Skinny June 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Wow! That was a great surprise! I was starting to wonder what was going on!


Jess June 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm

What a sweet sister you are!

Enjoy the movie… I watched it the other night with one of my girlies and we really liked it. Besides, what’s not to like about that all star cast…oh and Justin Long! Love HIM.


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm

What an AWESOME gift for your sister… YOU!!! :D You are just too hilarious Angela. Loving this secret adventure! Thanks for letting us in!

You are your sister look so much alike! You are both GORGEOUS!!! And that sounds like such an amazing evening. The food looks fabulous. I would have wanted to try it all! ;)

Enjoy your time with the family and can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

Give your sister a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY and a hug for me! :D


Michelle Hisae June 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm

That movie is the perfect mix of girly and drame – you’re going to love it! I LOVE jennifer anniston in it!


Bec June 5, 2009 at 5:33 pm

the pita wedges at milestones is the best appetizer they have, its so good!


Meghan June 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Your family is so cute! Love that the cat supervised your workout. Ours are always on top of what we are doing. Have a FUN weekend!


Eve June 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Wow, what a fab surprise!!! Happy Birthday to your sister! I hope you all have a great movie night and dinner tomorrow :-)


Bree June 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

wow, your sister’s birthday is our wedding anniversary :-D so happy for you and the fun birthday plans with your sister and mom!


april June 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

How awesome!! enjoy your trip!


Becky June 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm

You and your sister are both gorgeous!! That’s awesome you’re so close. The food looks amazing and I love the lulu tops! I’ve recently started reading your blog and I think it’s so inspiring. Thank you!


Faith June 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

What a wonderful surprise! The tea box was such a sweet and thoughtful gift! I hope you have a wonderful vacation!


Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm

What a sweet surprise! Happy Birthday to your sister!


Tay June 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm

What a cute awesome surprise!! You and your sister are too cute together. Have a fun girl time!


Susan June 6, 2009 at 4:56 am

It all makes sense now!! This post totally made me miss my mom and sisters!! Sounds like you guys are having tons of fun, happy b-lated b-day to the big sis!!! :D


Jess June 6, 2009 at 5:51 am

Milestone’s has always been a bit hit or miss for me but that double chocolate cookie is AH-maz-ing. My boyfriend and I are obsessed with going back just to get that. The pita platter looks good too, I’ll have to try it next time.


Lauren June 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

Glad to see you’re having sooo much fun! Sisters are the best!

P.S. I watched “He’s just not that into you” last night too! Great minds think alike! :P


Eliana >^..^ November 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

You look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Did I say how AMAZING you look? LOL

I love your second pictures and the one with your sister. You guys are so beautiful, all 3 of you. ;o)

What a great surprise.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: