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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."— Dr. Seuss

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Happiest Place on Earth... and a Winner!

My 5 Kidlets with my parents.
Princess celebrated her birthday in
Love all the faces, especially
my littlest one's. So funny.
I've been notably absent from the blog for a few weeks, but I've got a better than average reason why. I went to Disneyland! Yahoo! We packed up our five kids and my awesome parents (extreme good sports) and drove the 16 hours to the Magic Kingdom. Some people can make it there faster, but we drive a 12 seater old Ford van that protests mightily at anything over 65mph.

What made it especially fun is that the kids had NO IDEA it was coming until the day we left. I told them that their ailing great grandmother wanted them to wash every tombstone in the cemetary behind her house because she loved to walk there and wanted it clean. My awesome kids were not only willing to do this huge task, but kidlet #4 even packed pink washcloths so she could wash with her favorite color. They thought it would take the whole week. *Evil laughter*

4 of the 5 Kidlets used the force to fend off
Darth Vador and Darth Maul.
The Force is strong in our family.
Kidlet#3 cracks me up! And yes,
Splash Mountain is my favorite ride!

The answer to that age old question:
"Where did I come from?"
From the store of course.
So that morning, we drove to my parents for breakfast and told them we wanted a picture in the driveway with grandma's poster, but as they unrolled this long scroll, it said, "Swore Kids, You Are Not Going To Logan. You Are Going To . . . . " and then the garage door behind them opened to reveal a big poster "DISNEYLAND!" with fun little things and balloons that I got from the dollar store. They were so shocked they stood there dumbfounded. "What? Really? What?"

When it sunk in, Kidlet #4 started screaming and running all over the place while Kidlet #2 just hugged me and cried. It really took most of the trip there before they really could wrap their brains around the fact that they really, really were going. I'll post the video later.

We put the Disneyland poster in the back window of the van and wrote "Or Bust!" on it and all the way there, people honked and waved--some even hung out the window of their cars with their hands clasped together yelling, "Take me with you!" It was so much fun.

Anyway, I'm remiss on announcing the winner of my last giveaway!

And the winner is . . .

Sarah (AKA IdentitySeeker)

Congratulations! Let me know what book you'd like and it's yours!

I hope you've enjoyed these few glimpses of our fun.

What was the best vacation you've ever taken?


Lisa Swinton said...

Best vacation with kids: Disney World. Best vacation without: Hawaii. Best vacation before getting married: Italy & Spain.

Rita Webb said...

Oh, your story about your vacation made me smile! You have got to be the most fun mom there is! Surprising them like that!

And they really believed you about washing the gravestones???

Wendy Swore said...

Rita, you have to remember that my kids spend much of their time working on the farm. When we say we're going to go weed 5 acres this week with a hoe, we're not kidding. I cut the maze with a weed wacker and we plant 2,000 tomatoes in a day sometimes. See? Washing a cemetary full of stones isn't that far of a stretch.

Bakeshow said...

Please oh please oh please post both reaction videos!!!

Lolawid said...

Our last big vacation was to Disneyland too. We woke the kids up at about 4:30 am, and told them that we needed to get going. We already had all their stuff packed and in the car the night before. They got dressed and didn't start questioning things until we pulled into the SLC airport parking area. Then they really woke up and started wondering where we were going. We told them on the airplane and I also got some good reaction pictures. So fun!

The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

So great. I've always wanted to pull this trick! Sounds like it was perfect fun.

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