Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jolly Holiday Surprise Adventure | The Surprise - Part 2

December 6, 2014

At about this point, Beth realized that this surprise wasn't going to be just a day event and that she was going to miss her Christmas Choir Concerts. (We had planned this trip before she even joined choir and there just wasn't any way we could make it work. We had told her choir teacher about the trip and she kept it a secret for us.) When Beth realized this, she had a bit of a meltdown. She was so excited about being in choir and the concerts - I had been feeling bad all week because of how excited she was about it.  After much comforting and promises that it would be worth it, she calmed down. I loved that Joey asked her, "Do you trust me?" She nodded her head through the tears and Joey said, "I promise you that you will love this surprise and it's going to be okay." Pretty soon, she had a smile on her face once again.

We then began Part 2 of our storybook:

Our video of the reading of the next part of our Storybook:

So then we headed out to our van, Appa. When we got to the train station, we bought our tickets and then realized that we were quite a bit early for the train. So we decided to get some breakfast at Village Inn. After a quick breakfast, we headed back to the train station and parked the van.  We then opened the trunk of the van and surprised the kids with their new luggage!!! Then we boarded the FrontRunner train.  As we continued our journey, we opened up our storybooks again....

Our video of the reading of the next part of our Storybook:

So the kids pulled out their new fun treasures and got to work coloring and playing!  Even the stuffed friends were having fun!

When we got to the Salt Lake Central Station, we got off the FrontRunner and boarded one of the Trax trains, which took us to another stop where we got off to wait for yet another Trax train.

While we waited, we read another page in our Storybook:

The kids were so excited to find out that they were going to get to go on a plane (oh I mean a magic carpet) for the first time! So finally our last train picked us up and we were off to the airport.

When we got to the airport, we dropped off our bags and got through security before finding a place to wait. We had a little bit of time, so we explored the airport a little bit and got some wiggles out. The kids bought some fun bag dangles with their names on it from one of the gift shops. 

And then it was time to board the plane!!!

The Adventure Continues in another post. :)

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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