DH surprised me last week with the news that he had booked a trip to WDW for us. He said that he couldn’t think of any other gift that would make his family happier, and he was so right! He told me at lunch time on Wednesday that we would leave after DD11’s Christmas chorus concert the next night. :eek:I began scrambling to get laundry washed and checking out the weather for Disney World so I would know what to pack for everyone.
DH wanted to totally surprise the children by putting them in the car with the ruse that we were going to meet his sister with something that she just HAD to have. We were going to tell them to sit back, relax, go to sleep if they wanted because it might take a while. :laugh: I sneakily packed our luggage on Thursday morning and hid it in the back of the car before the kids were home from school. DD11 prepared for her concert, and I was so surprised that she wasn’t running around the house trying to find her lip gloss and Christmas earrings that I had already packed. She never said a word.I wondered if she was onto us. After the concert, we told the kids our story about DH’s sister, had them change into pajamas and get into the car with pillows and blankets. I could not believe that they weren’t questioning this at all! :ohmy: Soon, they were all fast asleep and we were on our way. The kids slept well until we were in St. Augustine. DH and I had both stayed awake the whole time to help each other stay awake. We were in serious need of caffeine, and the GPS took us on a wild goose chase for a Starbucks. DD11 woke up during this detour and asked, “What’s up with the palm trees?” I told her I guessed that people just liked palm trees wherever we were and to go back to sleep. She did, but I thought she was very suspicious. No one woke up again until we hit the Orlando area–then both DD11 and DS both woke up. We went under a sign for Downtown Orlando and DS asked why we were in Florida. I told the kids to wake up their sister. It was still pretty dark outside, but DH grabbed the video camera and began to record the reveal of our trip. You can’t see much, but you can hear the conversation. I will try to figure out how to post it, but they were all just stunned really. There was no huge reaction to our announcement, but they were all excited to get a nice little kick off to their Christmas vacation.