|it's Michigan so there were orchards everywhere|
|All sorts of delicious truffles...my favorites were hazelnut and lemon creme!|
Sam was still under the impression that we weren't coming so we let him continue thinking that and turned it into a surprise trip. We left Natsby with Austin's family (THANK YOU THANK YOU! Especially Makenzie. You are the best!) and took Stockton and left just before midnight with my mom. We drove through the night and arrived around lunchtime to surprise Sam after class. Austin, Stockton and I stalked the hallways waiting for his class to get out, grinning like giddy children, and came up behind him when we found him. He was a little startled but sort of had an inkling that we would come - I guess he knows us too well. We hung out the rest of the day, even convincing him to skip class (only the second time in his college career!), had delicious food and laughed a lot...pretty much what we did the whole trip.
|at a rest stop|
OH MY GOSH IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!
Seriously!!!! I mean obviously I'm going to say that my own brother is really talented, but even if I didn't have that bias I would be totally obsessed. Sam is INCREDIBLE - he absolutely KILLS it anytime he sings and just completely owns his character on stage. Forget for a moment that we're related and pretend I'm bragging about a stranger, but holy cow he is absolutely amazing you guys. He WILL go all the way, wherever that is - Broadway, the Met, recording artist, etc...but keep your eye out for the name Samuel Plumb because it will be out there, people. GAHHHH I'm so proud!
|this was my favorite part of the show, the second song from the end|
Actually, Stockton deserves just as much praise for his performance on the trip. He's very well-behaved normally, but you never know what to expect when you're traveling. He did not disappoint! He was a total angel baby the whole time. After two days of being there someone finally said, "Has he even cried yet?" Hard to believe, but he really hadn't. We are SO grateful for our content, relaxed little boy!
|lunching at a famous deli|
|it snowed overnight and was pretty but cold|
|ha, typical dorm vandalism. love it.|
|trekking to our various activities (usually food)|
|yes, I was bored enough to do teen selfies|
|my mouth is watering|
photo shootAnyway, it was a fantastic trip - I'm very glad we went and got to see Sam and have a little break from Nebraska life. Til next time!