an epic surprise!

by Mary Jane

Post image for an epic surprise!

I don’t know exactly when it hit, but I think it was somewhere around Piper’s one year birthday. Mark and I collapsed on the couch in utter exhaustion one night and I think I mumbled something to the extent of…”Wow, this parent stuff is hard. I can’t believe our parents did this with 3 kids!”

The whole, “everything comes full circle” thing, really is true. And it’s humbling.

I always appreciated my parents, but now that I’m a parent, my appreciation for them has like quadrupled times ten.

So….

In celebration of my parents 40th year of marriage (this November), I felt it was my brother’s and I duty to do something. And not just anything – but something amazing! And surprising! And AH-MAZING!

My parents flew into Santa Barbara anticipating a fun week with just my family. But, upon arrival they were immediately escorted to the San Ysidro Ranch by my friend Anna. The had no idea what was going on or what was to come. I wrote out little instructions on note cards to tell them what to do when, but they were very vague and still left them guessing. It was fun!

At 5 o’clock they were escorted down to the main lawn of the hotel – and we were ALL there – my little brother, my older brother with his wife and new baby – and us! It was the first time we were all together in over a year and there were 2 new babies to add to the clan! We were all a sobbing mess. And this next series of photos may be some of my favorite photos to date…(and big thank you to my friend Kacie for the pics)!

The reveal!!!!! They were so clueless, I love it!

All of us…

The brothers…

Cousins…


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna W May 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Love their faces! So shocked! What a great idea! And the dressed for the girls… you guys are so cool!

Carly J May 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Oh Janey! I heard about your surprise but these picts are wonderful! Miss you all sooo much.

Judy Hollinger May 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Oh, Janey! This is so lovely to hear and see!! What a treat for everyone!!

Bets May 31, 2012 at 12:54 am

Love it all! They deserve this wonderful surprise– and you all look fabulous! Love the pic of your mom with her hand out, reaching for you (or the babes…)

Jewls June 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I LOVE this and these pictures! I teared up looking at them! My love to you all! (BTW- the picture of your mom and dad realizing what is going on is my all time favorite!!) Hugs!

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