So in case you didn't know this about us, we love to surprise our kids with great things. Sure we could just tell them, or show them, or get it for them.... But man it's more fun when we get to make a big deal about it. So, whenever we get the chance, we make it a Big Deal!
One of the most recent examples happened this past Friday. We took a day off work, and made the trip to Greenville, SC for a special show in the Bi-Lo Center. For days, we had been talking about the big surprise. We gave a few hints. We told Piper some of the "supplies" that she might want to bring. And then one of the most fun parts...we let her guess where we were going.
Her Top 3 Guesses of where we would go for a fun surprise....
1 - Windy Gap - a Young Life Camp down the road. One of her favorite places.
2 - Chucky Cheese - a child's mecca
3 - A long Horse Ride...not sure about this one, but we loved it.
We walked into the building, the lobby had been turned into parent hell/ princess dreamland...selling everything a princess would need for only $65. Sure why not, we're here right? Well... Cotton Candy for $10 (the cheapest thing in the building.) A Snow Cone for $20. An authentic Disney wand for $22. It was nuts and we definitely had some great parenting moments of pleading with our 4-year-old why we can't buy the sparkly wand, ugly plastic horse and princess pendant.
All of it was well worth it for both of our girls' reactions to the main event.....Piper squealed and screamed and told me where all the "holes" in the stories were (like "where is Prince Philip's horse?", "where are the animals who help Snow White?", "why did the Genie come out of that part of the lamp and not the other?") and Lily just stared. No talking. Just staring in wonderment. It was such a fun day and I'm so glad that as parents, our job is to make fun for and to love our kids like that!
Right before the skating!
Our crew after the show!