Monday, December 5, 2011

Disney World Surprise!

Hello my blogging friends!  As I had mentioned in the last post, my husband and I surprised Emma with a trip to Disney World!  We have been planning the trip since around March or April and finally surprised Emma on November 16th.  We told her that Mike (my hubby) had an eye appointment in Buffalo, NY for a follow-up to his lasik surgery.  Emma didn't think anything of it since she had gone up there a few times already for his appointments.  We picked her up from school and drove to Buffalo which is about an hour and a half from where we live.  We told her that before we went to the appointment we were going to eat at The Cheesecake Factory.  It is one of our favorite restaurants and such a treat to go to since we don't have one near where we live. 

The staff was very helpful in the big reveal!!  The host had caught the whole event on tape as the waiter brought out a special suitcase with Emma's name on it.  It was filled with all sorts of Disney goodies and in the bottom of the suitcase was a special book titled "Emma's Big Surprise."  The book was hubby's idea, he came up with it in his tree stand a few days before while he was hunting.  It was a picture book that revolved around Emma's day. It started with a picture of our house, followed, by school, Mike's truck, The Cheesecake Factory (all of which looked familiar to her at this point) next was a picture of an airplane and finally DISNEY WORLD! 
The Suitcase

Inside of Suitcase

One Happy Little Girl!

 Mike kept telling me that Emma is going to jump out of her skin when she finds out she is going to Disney!!  I kept telling him not to get too hung up on the reaction since it may not be the kind of reaction he is hoping for.  Turns out, with the video tape rolling and all of the staff all gathered around and people in the surrounding tables that knew what was going on the reaction was not as great as Mike had hoped.  Emma was a little shy since she was being taped and kept looking up at all of the people watching her because she was not sure what they were doing.  Emma unwrapped some of the presents and in the interest of time I had her skip right to the book at the bottom of the suitcase.  Mike was sitting next to her and started reading it to her.  She was not sure what to make of it especially once she got passed The Cheesecake Factory page and onto the next page which was the airplane.  Up until that point, the book was exactly how her day had gone.  Once she flipped the page and it read she was flying to Disney World she still didn't quite understand.  After we told her that we were leaving after our meal and going to the airport she was excited.  Then the next thing ya know, she started to cry because tomorrow she was supposed to be the "helper" at school.  Priorities!!  We told her that her teacher knew all about the plans and was playing along so that she didn't think anything was unusual about the day.  After we told her that, all was well!

Our trip lasted a week and we had a wonderful time.  It was exhausting, but it was well worth it!  Emma celebrated her sixth birthday while we were in the Happiest Place On Earth!  I don't think we can top that next year!!

Thanks for stopping by!



Tara said...

You brought me to tears! What an amazing surprise!! We are planning a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. The kids think we can't go because daddy has to work. ;) But how excited will they be when they find out!!! Woo! Hoo! I'm am so going to make this fun for then with the help of your fun ideas!!! And I love hubby's idea of the book. So cool! She looks so happy in her photo. Congrats on making her dreams come true. We hope to one day make it to Disney World!!

Thanks for sharing this story over at Trendy Treehouse!!!

Tiffany said...

You & Mike are great parents! What a wonderful gift & memory you created for Emma.

Megan said...

sounds like you had a fabulous trip!