We pulled off quite the surprise for these kiddos. Last Sunday I decided we needed to get out of town for a bit and so I asked my sister if I could take her kids to Disney. She responded yes as long as she could join the party, and then we called my mom to see if she wanted to join too. My mom was game and then we decided to keep the trip a surprise for the kids. We checked them out of school yesterday and brought them to the parking lot where we told them that Disney was our destination. Their response was pretty priceless.
We got them goodie bags filled with this Disney Secrets book to read on the drive there, some treats and Mickey shirts.
Little man was really thrilled about the Mickey ears and the 9.5 hour drive up ahead of us =)
It’s been a long time since these guys have been to Disney, so they can’t wait to run around the park for 16 hours straight. It will be interesting to see the distance walked for the day at Disneyland on my Apple watch.
Pics from our last trip together:
We made it all of the way to St. George with no stops and holy cow the sunshine feels good. It’s supposed to be 80 degrees in California. We are keeping this trip cheap by bringing a million snacks, staying in a really classy hotel, and my sister got a few free tickets from a friend which makes this quick get-away even better.
Brooke studied her little map during the car ride and told us exactly what rides we were going to be going on.
A quick stop for dinner in Vegas at a sandwich shop before driving the rest of the way to our hotel. I am getting really excited for churros, riding Dumbo 20 times, and the parade (the older I get the more the parade has become one of my favorite parts of Disney). I will also get to go on the roller coasters with the big kids… My stomach is going to love me ;)
Disney, we are coming for you!
Feel free to send in your amazing running accomplishments to firstname.lastname@example.org !!! I am loving these and I hope you are too!
Cortney!!! “First race in 2016. First 5k in February. First place female at the Crystal Classic 5k in Green River, WY! Oh ya & did I mention I’m 41!”
Ashley!!! “I first started ‘really running’ back in 2012 when my job transferred me to Canada and I didn’t have many friends, so I picked up a hobby I could do on my own. While I’ve run 6 half marathons since then, I didn’t really improve much until this past year. I started dating my speedy boyfriend last January and even though I can count the number of times we have actually run together on one hand, I have been able to substantially PR in the 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathon! 10k turkey trot in Rhode Island- I placed 3rd in my age group! Dallas Jingle Bell 5k- I ran sub 8 minute miles! Dallas 1/2 Marathon in December- I PRed by over 4 minutes, with a finishing time of 1:55:15. Can we wish my boyfriend Ryan good luck as he trains for his first Boston marathon, hoping to run 2:55?!” Yes, we sure can! GOOD LUCK RYAN!
Charlotte!!! “NYC weather has been in the single digits this month, so I decided to do my long run on the treadmill this week. Having never run more than 6 miles on the machine, I was super nervous! But inspired by HRG’s treadmill marathon, I decided to stretch the 12 mile long run to 13.1… my first treadmill half marathon! All about building that mental toughness for race day:)
Elizabeth!!! “I ran a 10k PR this past weekend! I finished in 57:08, which might not be the fastest, but a year and a half ago I never thought I’d be able to run 6.2 miles straight much less average under 10 minute miles. My legs are still a little sore a couple days later, but it was worth it!”
Hannah!!! “I ran my first marathon, the 25th anniversary Austin Marathon, on Valentine’s Day with my sister-in-law! (it was her first, too!) Running that marathon was the coolest thing I have ever done and certainly the proudest moment I’ve ever experienced! Crossing the finish line with Kristin was a dream!”
*Jill!!! “Yesterday I ran a half marathon on my own with no cheering fans, no set water stations or fuel handouts, no celebration or medal at the end. Training for a marathon takes a certain mindset, a certain strength, will and endurance. As I was running my 13 miles I thought a lot about life and what I want to do next. I also thought ‘running is an isolating sport’ because here I was on a long training run by myself with nothing but my thoughts (and music, of course!). But it also reminds of how strong I am. When, at the end of the day, no one really cares how far or fast I ran, or if I ran at all! Sure I have a running coach who holds me somewhat accountable and a blog devoted mostly to running but realistically I am running for me and me alone. So on the days when it would be easy to cut short a run or to skip out altogether, running reminds me that I am motivated, strong and I can do more than I realize. The dedication, willpower and determination it takes to run a marathon is not something I take lightly and it is a good reminder when I am feeling down, defeated or not good enough, that tI am capable and independent and I can do anything I set my mind to.”x
*Ellen!!! “I finally have a new PR for the 10k! 55:10!! I was so super ecstatic that I managed a sub 1:00:00 10k!”
What’s your absolute favorite treat at Disney land? Favorite ride?
Rollercoasters… how does your stomach handle them?
Do you have a long run or race this weekend? Do tell!
Ever pulled off a big surprise for somebody?