John and I have been plotting with my father since January to surprise my mom, and yesterday, it all paid off! I couldn't mention it here since Mom reads Epbot - something I tend to forget. Heh.
The surprise was for both my parents' 40th wedding anniversary - which was yesterday - and my mom's sixtieth birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. My dad wanted to do something big to celebrate, so after kicking around a few ideas we - naturally - suggested an all-out, bells-and-whistles Disney vacation. My mom's just like me, meaning she's a big kid at heart, and she's mentioned many times how she's always wanted to stay at a resort and really have the whole big Disney experience. So that's what we planned, from the Magical Express bus picking them up at the airport right down to their dinner reservations at each of the parks each night.
To break the news, we shipped her a package. On top inside was a card that read, "You've been married for 40 years! What are you going to do now?!" Then under a layer of packing peanuts was all their travel documentation and these ears:
I added the numbers so they'd look a little more anniversary-like, but really it'd be cute if folks assume my parents are on their honeymoon. :) (The ears also have my parents' names embroidered on the back.)
One of my most vivid childhood memories is of the morning my dad woke my brother and I up by banging on our bedroom doors and calling out that we were all going to Disney World. I don't remember a single other thing from that day, but I remember that moment - that perfect, exhilarating, joy-filled moment.
So, yeah. Getting that phone call last night from my parents pretty much made my whole week.
My dad recorded the big reveal, so I can't wait to see that - but in the mean time, he sent along these photos:
Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad. See you both real soon!
And to the rest of you: thanks for letting me share. I just had to tell SOMEBODY. :)