This past week I was able to fly home and surprise my sister for Christmas. Due to our basketball schedule, I was only able to be home for six days, but it was definitely worth it. My family had made plans to all meet in our hometown of Baltimore for Christmas, but kept my sister out of the loop. I flew in to Baltimore a few days before the rest of my family arrived, and was able to catch up with most of my closest friends that I hadn’t seen in months. It was great to see my high school and college friends all doing so well, and we always seem to pick up right where we left off. With many of my friends spread out all over the country working different jobs and finishing up school, its always something special when we can all be together and spend quality time reminiscing on the good old days. After catching up with friends for a few days, I had to start preparing for my sister’s arrival. My dad arrived the day before my mom and sister, because he was tasked with driving our dog Sam up from our current home in Georgia. With the help of my dad and Sam, I tapped in to my creative side and made a big “Surprise” sign to bring to the airport. As my sister waited for her luggage, I surprised her with my sign and a big hug. She was extremely caught off guard and couldn’t believe that I was home for Christmas. It took a lot of effort on my entire family’s part to keep this secret from her and I’m so glad that we were able to pull it off. There truly is nothing better than being with family for the Holidays, and I’m very glad I got to spend it with mine. Christmas Eve is a big night in my family that is spent with the same family friends every year, and I’m so glad I was able to make it home to share it with everyone. Even though I had to fly out on Christmas morning, I’m thankful I got to see all my family and friends for the holidays, and I can’t wait to see everyone again in the summer.