Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend Surprise

This idea started back in October. Jerry and I set out on a Sunday drive, This is where we went. 
Tickets bought, we were excited for December 3rd to arrive. 

Flash forward...
The day had finally arrived. 
The secret had been kept from the kids. 
The preparations had been accomplished. 
I invited the kids families over for lunch. 

On the menu, 
Nana Noodles
turkey bacon avacado sandwiches
veggie tray 
chips and dip
After we finished lunch I gathered the kids to tell them we had a surprise planned. 
To find out what was happening I was going to give them 3 clues, and they had to wait until all 3 were shown to tell what and where they thought was going to happen.
Clue # 1
Matching Christmas pajama's for all
(these are the girls, we had a boy version too)
After they were given their Pj's, and pictures were taken, 
we came back to the couch for more clues.

Clue # 2
Cookies with a compass on the wrapper

Clue # 3
A magic bell

We started with the youngest, asking each child until we were at the oldest, what they thought the clues meant we were doing.
Quinn said we were going to go see some fun 
Jace said we going to a party
Mackenzi thought we were going to the Polar Express
 Kelsea said we were going to see Santa
Braeden said Santa as well

It was time to drive to our destination!

The Families

 We were given our seat assignments

Finally the train pulled out of the station for our quick trip to the North
Pole. We all had our tickets ready when the Conductor came around to punch them. Our helper Elf handed out cookies and chocolate milk,

 she also read 
T'was The Night Before Christmas to everyone in our box car. 
Then we sang Christmas carols on the trip back home.
We finished the night with pizza and salad at
we did not see Old St. Nick eating pizza!

A great big
  Thank You 
to our kids for spending your Saturday with us!
We had a fabulous time,and made some great memories!


Kelly said...

What a FUN DAY for all of you, and such an awesome idea! I kept wondering throughout the day what surprise you had planned. Leave it to you to plan to the very last detail an adventure the kids will never forget!!

Jan said...

Thank you Kelly!

The Picketts said...

This is sooo fun! We are planning on going to our Polar Express (Grand Canyon Railway). It will be our 3rd year going. I'm really looking forward to it and so are the girls! Yours sounds much more fun, since it involved ALL of the grandkids and Nana and Bopa, too! Lucky kids! :o)

Lopez Life said...

How fun! I love their pjs!