ok, i double checked all my connections and the lights were def not popping up.
from what i can gather there are five plugs that go into the headlight assy
1. low beam (into silver ballast)
2. high beam
3. angel eye
4. turn signal
5. leveling motor? (its kind of a triangel shaped thing with rounded corners on the back of headlight assy)
anyway, i checked that all connections are tight and they were. i turned the headlights on and off a few times but nothing.
i moved on to other repairs (cloth trim falling off A pillars) etc.
finally, i went to park her for the night. i turned the headlights on, starting backing up and then they POPPED UP!