Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jolly Holiday Surprise Adventure | The Storybook


So one of the fun things that Joey and I planned for our kids, is a special storybook.  We decided we wanted to put together a storybook that little by little revealed the surprise trip for our kids! I have LOVED doing this project with Joey. He wrote the story and I illustrated the book - it was so fun doing this together!  We just picked up the books today and I'm so excited with how they turned out!

So we will be waking the kids up early on Friday, December 6th and saying MERRY CHRISTMAS and have them open up the books.  Each part of the book (3 parts), will be sealed so that they can only read the pages when we want them to read them.  As they read each page of the story, they will be going on an adventure and doing what the pages say. The adventure will take us all the way to California and on the shuttle (on the way to the hotel), the last page will reveal that we are going to Disneyland!

**We will be covering the front and back with kraft paper, so the kids won't see the cover until later, or it will totally spoil the surprise.  :)

I'm excited to share this storybook with you! I'd love to hear what you think about it!
(Click on the image to see it larger)

Front Cover

After reading this page, the kids will use the image to go on a scavenger hunt.
They will search all the places in the image and will discover "treasure."
The treasure is things to take on the trip like activity books, crayons, snacks, etc.
In the Scavenger Hunt, one of the things that the kids will find
is a cipher that will help them decode this message that tells them
basically to get in the car, we are going on an adventure.

Note: We call our van, "Appa," from the show "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

The "Day" Pages are so the kids can write down a few
of their favorite moments of each day we are there!

Back Cover

What do you think? I'm so proud of this little book and I can't wait for the kids to see it!

We got them printed from PaperKiwi and we are really impressed with the quality - plus we got them for 50% off which is just awesome!

The Smith Family's Jolly Holiday Adventure
I'm so excited to share my family's magical Christmas adventure of 2014 with you!
To see all the postings in this series go HERE.

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