Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I love surprises

At the end of June our three older girls went to the Independent Fundamental Baptist, National Youth Conference for four days. They went with our Pastor, his wife and and about 10 other kids from our church. They had been working on collecting recycling and fundraising through car-washes so they could have enough money to all go.

Adam and I took this opportunity to plan a very secret, very last minute trip to Disneyland for the two little girls. They had never been before, all the older girls have gone several times. It's really expensive and we knew we wouldn't be able to afford to take all of the kids. We discussed it beforehand with the older girls and they unanimously agreed that they would not be upset if we went without them and they were excited for  the little girls to go.

We had to fib a little to keep our surprise a surprise. We left very early, about 2am, to drive the six hours to Anaheim. I had secretly packed all of our suitcases and packed them in the car without them knowing. We woke them and said we had to get up really early and drive a couple of hours so that Daddy could be first in line for a huge sale at a barbecue store. Adam's been figuring out an outdoor kitchen to build so they didn't question it. We arrived in Anaheim around 7:30am and then had to go pick up our tickets. The girls still thought he was going to this barbecue store. We asked them if they would rather just stay in a hotel and swim in their pool rather than drive all that way back home. They were so happy.

We arrived at the hotel and changed our clothes and informed the girls we had to go for a walk to get something to eat and check out another barbecue store before we could swim. We began the 1/2 mile walk to Disneyland. As we were walking in they noticed all of the buses with Disney characters on them. Emily, said, "This looks like Disney on Ice". Adam asked, "Do you know where you are?", they both said "no". I prompted them to go ask a lady that worked there where they were. They both walked up and said, "Excuse me, were are we?" The lady answered, "You don't know where you are? This is Disneyland for princesses like you.".

The look on their faces was priceless. They were in shock. They kept hugging us and saying, thank you all day long. They were all smiles all day. It was a lot of fun. We spent two days at the park and drove back home the 3rd day.


Danielle said...

AWE!! The tears started flowing looking at how happy they are!! So fun to look at!

Sarah said...

What a awesome surprise...the girls faces are just priceless! What fun memories you all made! :)

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