I Should Have Told You I Was Leaving...

but I didn't want to ruin the surprise.

Unbeknownst to our children, George and I planned a trip to Southern California. For months we sneaked around the internet, making reservations, printing out maps, plotting our vacation in secret. About two weeks before our trip, we told the kids we were going to our friend's cabin in Truckee, but really, "Truckee" became our secret code so we could discuss our trip around the kids.

"How's the weather supposed to be in Truckee?"
"How long will it take us to get to Truckee?"
"What should we pack for Truckee?"

The kids were quite excited to go to "Truckee", but when we got on the freeway heading west rather than east, Avery knew something was up. "Why are we going this way?", she asked.

George and I were smiling ear to ear as we passed a manila envelope to the kids, the envelope in which we'd been storing our reservations, tickets and maps. They were ecstatic.

We went to Disneyland last Monday, which happened to be Aidan's 7th birthday.

turning 7 at disneyland

See? We're all holding up seven fingers. 7 is so big.

After Disneyland, we drove down the coast, visited several breweries, played at the beach, and went to Legoland. We had a great time, but we're glad to be home, and I'm glad to be back in this space. There's no place like our foothill home.


  1. aaaw Molly, what a sweeeeet surprise you made to your little ones ! You are a good mama (and your hubby a good papa !) !!
    So glad to read you enjoyed your time there !
    Sending big hugs to you all oxoxo

  2. Very cool! They will remember that trip and treasure the memories! :)

    Have a great weekend!!! :)

    Oh, did you look at the the crocheted bird link I sent?

  3. SoCal is our home - glad you enjoyed your time here!! How fun to surprise your kiddos so completely!

  4. aww! if you ever DO end up in Truckee let me know, we can meet up at Wild Cherries and have a mocha or tea! <3

  5. What a great surprise! I can't imagine what it would be like to be a kid suddenly finding out you're on the way to Disneyland.

    And happy birthday to Aidan. Seven is a magical year.

  6. What an incredible surprise!
    I did not realize your son was seven, it truly is a magical and very special new age to be! Many warm wishes Molly!

  7. You are now officially the coolest parents ever!

    Awesome surprise and you got to go to Legoland...... a dream come true :)

  8. What a great surprise! Glad you're back, though.

  9. that is a great gift you have given.
    and you got to got to Legoland. Wow.

  10. OK, I got all choked up reading about giving them the envelope and imagining their excitement!

  11. I wonder how they react if they ever know in advance their going to Disneyland. We're glad we were in on the first surprise when we all went to Disneyland a few years ago! Maybe I'll get to surprise Dad with a trip again sometime. I love surprises!

  12. did I tell you I love the new banner.
    love it.

  13. Fantabulous!

    Nothing like a big surprise, but boy they catch on quick don't they!

  14. What a happy #7! We did a similar trip last June and had a blast!

  15. what a fun way to plan a trip!

    sounds like a blast. happy 7!

  16. Happy Seven to your little man! What an awesome surprise.
    It reminds me of when my husband was a boy and they told him they were going to go fishing at the pier for his birthday... he was excited about that... but even more excited when they ended up at Disneyland!
    Great memories...
    Happy you had a great trip an all home safe and sound!


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