A few weeks ago we surprised the kids with an adventure. That morning, we told them they would not be going to school. Instead, we said, we'd be getting in the car and going somewhere exciting. We didn't say where or who we would see. They were remarkably patient for the 6+ hour drive!
Surprise No. 1: We met up with our best friends in Huntington Beach. They're traveling around the country in an RV for a year. In October, they spent a couple weeks with us, attended the kids' birthday party, and gave Kris and I a much-needed escape to Banff, Alberta for our 10th wedding anniversary. It was one of the sweetest gifts we've ever received.
From here, they moved on to SoCal for a month, and we couldn't resist meeting up again. Our kids love the beach and they had never been to Disney (Surprise No. 2), so Jes and I planned a special weekend to do just that!
The beach and being with friends was the highlight of the weekend, but I have to admit -- Disneyland* was pretty magical. Beforehand, it felt like an obligation, something you're supposed to check off your kids' bucket list. Go to Disney. I didn't expect I would enjoy it so much too.
Parades. Performances. Fun rides. Courteous staff. Character sightings. Holiday lights. It was a blast. And totally relaxed and doable with a lot of adults to tend to the kids' needs (Jes' parents, her sister and brother-in-law joined us too).
This is what it's all about. Lifelong friendships and shared adventures.
(No, Miles isn't really drinking a beer. It wasn't open.)
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*FTC disclosure: Special thanks to Disneyland for providing us two free park passes.