Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We're Back and I'm Exhausted!

We're back from The Girl's birthday vacation. We're a bit soggy, as it stormed every day we were there, but at least it wasn't a complete washout. I can't believe I managed to keep the trip a surprise for more than six months! That's a record for me.

We went to Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Hagerstown, MD. It was only a 90 minute drive, but we threw The Girl off by telling her we'd be in the car for 12 hours. She slept the entire ride, and we woke her up just as we were pulling in. She thought we were only stopping at the campground to check it out, since we'd mentioned wanting to go there, and to use the bathroom, and when we said it was her surprise and she saw the water slides, she was in heaven!

We paid for the birthday package, so Yogi stopped by our campsite with a balloon and birthday card. The Girl was thrilled. Her Auntie Serena and Uncle Cris spent Saturday with her, and she received some bookish goodies, which will appear in my Mailbox Monday post next week. (I was too busy napping and doing laundry yesterday to go online, so I'll post two weeks worth of books next week and spend the rest of this week catching up on blog reading!)

The Girl wants to thank all of you for the birthday wishes! I'll try to post some pics from the trip soon.


Serena said...

I'm glad she had fun and enjoyed her gifties. Lazer tag was hilarious.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I love the idea of kidnapping her and taking her to a surprise detination! Welcome back Anna!

gautami tripathy said...

I suppose she had a great time!

And I am really glad to see you back!

Staci said...

Sounds like it was a fun time!! My nephews love Jellystone in Indiana!

Julie P. said...

Sounds like a wonderful birthday surprise!

christina said...

Welcome back Anna! The park looks like so much fun, for the kids and the adults!

Darlene said...

Sounds like a wonderful birthday surprise! Glad The Girl had a good time.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a lot of fun - kid birthday heaven! Can't wait to see the pics.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, what fun! I'm glad you were able to pull off the surprise!

Dawn said...

I love surprises but have a big mouth myself! Glad you guys were really able to make her birthday so special! :) Pics! Pics! Pics!!!!

Marie Cloutier said...

Wow, what a great birthday. Happy Birthday to her! I love the way you set it up- how fun!

Iliana said...

Aw, what a great birthday gift. Glad to hear you guys had a fantastic time!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

I'm impressed that you were able to keep the trip a surprise, good for you!

Sounds like you all, young and older, had a great time :)

Happy Birthday to The Girl!

Anna said...

Serena: Lazer tag was a blast. Too bad the rain cut it short. :(

Sandy: Thanks! It almost didn't work out the way we'd hoped, since she kept asking questions nearly every day.

Gautami: Thanks! We all had a wonderful time.

Staci: There was one near us when we lived in MA, but this was our first time actually going to one. We've already booked a cabin for next year.

Julie: She enjoyed it. She kept asking if it was Disney World, so I was hoping she wouldn't be too disappointed. Thankfully, she loved it.

Christina: My husband and I had just as much fun I think. It's always fun to see your kid get really excited about something, though.

Dar: Me, too. :)

Janel: If only my hubby would get the cord to connect his phone to the computer I could post some pics. Serena took some, too, so maybe she'll email them to me. :)

Bermudaonion: Me, too. It was iffy there for a bit. :)

Dawn: Pics coming soon (I hope)!

Marie: Thanks!

Iliana: I think I like the birthday vacations better than buying her things like video games, etc. She has enough stuff already, having 8 aunts and uncles and grandparents who spoil her rotten.

Dawn: Thanks!

Lady Blogger said...

Oh, I wish I could have been there too. Reading that made me miss you guys even more!! :(

I'm glad you all had fun though, especially The Girl!

Bonnie said...

What a great time you must have had! Happy Belated Birthday to The Girl! How fun that you surprised her and could keep that a secret.
They do grow so fast, my son is going into 5th grade!

Anna said...

Lady Blogger: Oh, I so miss you!!

Bonnie: Thanks! Sometimes I wish I could freeze time just for a little bit. I'm not ready for her to grow up yet. Will I ever be? ;)