Surprise California Trip

Bob turned 40 this year so we went back and forth on how to celebrate it. Party or trip? We decided to go on a family trip to remember this big birthday. We had planned a trip to the Big Bend at first. That is one of Bob's favorite places and it is extra special because that is where he proposed to me too. We had everything lined up and about two weeks before we decided that it probably wasn't going to be the best trip to take the girls on at this age. Bob's dream trip to the Big Bend would be hiking everyday and golfing. McKenna sometimes gets tired walking around the block so her sweet little voice kept coming in my head "mom my legs are tired." So we canceled the long weekend of hikes and started planning a plan b trip. Turned out to the best trip ever! 
The girls had no idea that we were planning a trip, we were always going to pull them out of school and surprise them. When we started planning a trip to California it just so happened that the day we traveled there was going to fall on my actual birthday. Yes this was a trip to celebrate Bob's bday but he gave me full rights to my day so I took full advantage and said that I would like to spend my day at DisneyLand! I mean, if we are going to California why would we not? So my amazing husband switched around the plane tickets so that we flew into the town where DisneyLand was. Planning on how to surprise the girls with this made me giddy. The Friday of my birthday turned out to be a teacher work day so they were out of school. My whole family loves a birthday and celebrates it hard core. So it was not out of the ordinary for Bob to wake the girls up at 6:30 and tell them that they were all taking me on a surprise breakfast date. They had no idea that we had already been up for hours hiding all the bags in the car. I crawled back in bed and pretended to be asleep when they came in singing me Happy Birthday in Kanakuak Family style. (We will never sing it any other way.)
I jumped in the car as they all told me to and pretended to go along with what they thought was a fun surprise for me! We pulled into the parking garage of the airport and they were completely clueless. They assumed it was the mall parking garage. This is what we said next...
It was a dream day guys. Truly the Best Day Ever.
Southwest airlines was amazing! They found out it was my birthday and they had the whole plane sing to me! Like got on the speaker, told everyone to turn their overhead lights on and then they turned all the lights off. It looked so cool! After everyone sang they gave me a crown made from peanut bags and a cake made from toilet paper. Amazing!
 We went to the hotel only to drop our bags off and then went straight to DisneyLand, we were walking distance from it. We had never been to DisneyLand before but I had gotten all the tips I could find!
We did Adventure Land first and it was so much fun!
The day just kept getting better and better. It happened to be Disney's not so scary Halloween party that night so we had special tickets for it. You get to trick or treat in the park with all the characters in costumes! Family themed costumes in DisneyLand on my birthday! I mean, somebody pinch me please. 
So you know I spent hours upon hours thinking of what we could all dress up as. I wanted it to be something easy to travel with and something easy to walk around in. I had made my mind up on just all wearing party animal tshirts with ears and a tail but then thought, when in the world are we going to all be in Disney during Halloween again? Probably never so why not GBOGH. (go big or go home) So I decided we would all be Cinderella and Bob would be our Prince Charming. Bob was such a sport and it was magical guys. This was all a surprise for the girls too so they flipped out when we went back to the room that night to change into our costumes for the evening party!
We walked back to Disney and even had people stop to take our picture because we looked so royal and hilarious!
We are still eating the Halloween candy from this night. It was crazy how much candy the girls got and they were loving life! We stayed till 1am Texas time and then headed back to the hotel to rest up for the rest of the trip. 
We drove to Carlsbad, CA and spent the next few days relaxing and enjoying our time together. Turned out to be some of the hottest days in CA when we were there so I guess we brought the Texas heat with us. We spent a lot of time by the pool, went to the San Diego Zoo, the beach, a baseball game, explored and ate the most delicious food!
It was an unforgettable trip and such a great way to celebrate my 35th and Bob's 40th! 


katie said...

Hooray! Allison's back! I know I don't know either of you in person, but I just love seeing all of the ways you celebrate your cute families.

Meg jones said...

I so love seeing all of your happy pictures. Makes me miss my family.
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