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We are going to Disneyland!! RIGHT NOW!!!!

Jason and I have been planning a surprise trip for our kidlets and we left on Saturday. As you read this, we’re on the road to Anaheim, heading to see The Mouse.

We (I) sent the kids on a scavenger hunt all over the house Saturday morning and it ended in the Charity Ball Jar. Remember back when I told you our theme this year was Charity Makes Me Happy? Well, we started a jar (per someone’s suggestion) and have been trying to fill it with kindness inspired colored balls in order to “earn” a previously paid for vacation to Disneyland (the kids thought it was St. George).

I’ll be honest, the past week Jason and I have been shoving handfuls of balls in that stupid jar when the kids aren’t looking, just to hit the fill line in time and save us from looking like liars (which we obviously are).

So, when the last clue sent the kids to the jar, they found a phone number inside. Ten digits later, they got Mickey himself (also known as my ridiculously talented bro-in-law Jake who agreed to play said part). He invited them to Disneyland and they said yes. To be honest, there was a moment there when we thought they were going to turn him down for St. George, but it all came out right in the end.

And so, after two days of Hell in the car, we’re now, officially, headed to Main Street. I absolutely can’t wait.

(Also, the kids think Mickey paid for the trip. Stupid mouse, taking all the credit.)


  1. Have a wonderful time! I’ve always wanted to do a surprise trip like that. I bet once the kids see the ol’ mouse in person (& the princesses) the excitement level went through the roof!

  2. That’s awesome! Have a great time!

  3. You guys will have such a great time. Can’t wait to see you when you get back! I am also super excited to turn the brownie table into phallic shapes. Yay!

  4. Have a great time at the happiest place on earth!!

    We once surprised our kids with a trip to Disneyland, only we didn’t actually tell them where we were going until we walked in the gates of the park.
    It was a long ride down there because the kids kept asking where we were going, and all my husband would say was “We’re going south.”

    I think I’ll make a few green jello molds to go on the brownie table.

  5. I want to do something like this SO BADLY! I hope your trip is amazing!

  6. You are wonderful parents. I think any parent that take one, let alone four, children to DisneyLand qualifies for sainthood.

  7. I am a professional liar. We, too, are taking a trip to Disneyland – only we told our kids we’re going to work on a commune. A vegan, raw foods commune. (meaning ONLY RAW VEGETABLES) My kids are not stupid, but I can’t believe they are actually believing this line of crap we’ve fed to them!!

    The other day, I introduced them to what a “Freegan” is. Everyone is going to participate in the jobs on this imaginary commune. One kid is digging latrines, another kid is working in a garden, and the shortest kid wants to go dumpster diving with Daddy! I told him only the tallest guys could dumpster dive because you have to be able to climb back out.

    I’m starting to get the feeling they may actually be disappointed that this commune we’re staying at is really Disneyland.

  8. Have a blast. It sounds like a great learning experience for the kids……….especially for parents that are liars.
    When you get to be my age, you get really good……..at lying.

  9. Oh, have a wonderful time!! We always do when we get to go there. The girls were just talking about our last trip three years ago. good memories.

  10. Have a blast! And let me tell you about my favorite place in Disneyland. At the end of Main Street, next to the first aid station, there is a “Mother’s lounge.” It is this fabulous place that has everything you might need while you are at Disneyland with little kids and babies. It has private, quiet, curtained off places to nurse, it has a little table older kids can play at or watch movies while Mom is with the baby, changing tables galore, even a big hose ’em down tub in case of a major disaster. And it has the cutest tiny potties for those little girls just learning to not brown their shorts!. It has baby medicine, baby food, formula, and even microwaves for warming bottles or food up. And my favorie part is it is staffed by little old ladies dressed up like English nursery maids. It is a great place to escape to with a over-stimulated baby for a little quiet and calm. I have four kids, and we have done Disneyland with all of them as babies, and this place has been a trip saver more than once! Have a blast!

  11. Gahhhh!! Do you know how jealous I am right now?? Every time I see one of those commercials where the parents surprise their kids with a trip to Disney, I look at my husband and say, “We WILL do that someday.” Half the time I have tears in my eyes. That’s how much I love everything Disney. Have fun!

  12. OMG! Have the bestest time ever! We will be there in 2.5 weeks. Not counting or anything.