This is the beginning of many posts about our trip, but I have to start here.
We got 'em so good! They were clueless.
Saturday morning David and I got up and started getting ready and finish our packing. At this point, I had not packed any of Sara Beth's stuff, but Jake and Katie were good to go except for toiletries. So, at 5:15 we headed up to Sara Beth's room to wake her up first (since she had more to do). She was "supposed" to be going to a youth group service day, so we woke her up telling her it was time to go to that. All we heard were groans, etc. Then we said, "You aren't going after all. Do you remember that trip that we said we might surprise you with? Well, it's now! Get up!" She immediately quit groaning, sat up in bed, and said "Are you serious?". It was so funny. I gave her a list of what she needed to pack then to bring to my room (without entering). She had 30 minutes. At this point we weren't telling where yet.
We then went to wake up Jake and Katie. Both of them gave us many groans but snapped out of it pretty quick. I already had their clothes ready, so I handed it to them, and said get dressed and brush your teeth. You have 15 minutes.
At 5:45, my parents and brother had arrived but were still outside. David called the kids to the couch and sat them down side by side. He said "I am going to give you three clues as to where we are going. When I tell you to, open your eyes." We brought my family into the living room and told the kids to open their eyes. They were so excited that Grandma, Batz and Digger (yes, those names deserve a separate post, don't they) were going with us. Then all of a sudden, Jake goes, "We're going to Disney World, aren't we?" They all were flabbergasted! They were a subdued excitement because they were in shock. It was open mouths, hands on faces, and "Are you serious? Are you serious?".
We had a blast on the way telling them all the many things that we did to keep it a secret and how we fooled them. And for at least two days they couldn't believe they were there. It was so much fun!
Can't wait to do it again sometime!