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Old 03-06-2006, 09:14 PM   #1

Help yourself! I just made a few new batches!
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As many of you know, my DH and I have been planning a surprise all-expense-paid trip to Disney for our kids, their spouses and our grandkids. (DH and I are going, too! Of course!) After endless weeks of wondering and asking you all for ideas on just how to announce the surprise, we finally decided on using fortune cookies to announce the surprise!

Little added note: When my two oldest kids were younger, I was raising them on my own. I dreamt about taking them to Disney, yet never was able to do so. So this will be a very first trip to Disney for them! And for our grandkids, too!

Saturday morning, my DH and I were running around like two little kids on Christmas morning. Giggling…Smiling…literally holding onto one another and jumping up and down. Literally.
Keep in mind, we still have one child at home. He kept looking at us with one brow raised-you see, it was a surprise for him, too!
We bought fortune cookies from our local market. Very carefully, we slipped the fortunes out of the cookies using craft tweezers-and replaced them with fortunes we had made ourselves.
The fortunes we made read:

Magic awaits you in a faraway World

Your lucky numbers: 08 27 06

In 176 days, your alarm clock will go off at 4 am

Runway lights will take you to new heights

7 days & 6 nights? Plenty of time to see the sights

The best way to dine? Reservations for nine

If you see a mouse dancin’ down the street, smile and say cheese!

(We also made two special fortune cookies, one for my DH to open and one for me to open. But made sure no one else got one of our cookies!) (NOTE! Our family “nick name” is jac & co.)
We then put the fortune cookies in a waxed paper bag and stapled it closed-to look exactly like the way we get them from our favorite Chinese restaurant-and hid them in the kitchen cupboard.
I then set a very casual table, complete with chop sticks while my husband went to pick up our take out order from the restaurant-3 orders of every appetizer on the menu!

Finally, 4 o’clock came. Finally!! We all sat down to a very casual, fun dinner. Lots of smiles and good conversation. Having only chopsticks on the table made for a fun experience in itself!

After dinner, I casually said, “ok, everyone. Grab a fortune cookie!” (we always take time to read our fortunes, so this was nothing unusual)
I opened the bag of fortune cookies (which I had tossed behind the take out containers when no one was looking) and casually held out the bag so everyone could take one.
Everyone read their fortunes. Silence. Then read them again. Silence with quick wide-eyed glances at one another.
To break the silence, I read my fortune: Mi Lao Shu: Mickey Mouse.The kids starting looking at each other…
Then my DH read his fortune cookie:
jac & co. are going to Disney!
jac & co. are going to Disney! My DH read again.
Well, the silence was finally broken… for the next 4 hours, our little home was filled with a family of nine…everyone talking at once…everyone laughing…everyone hugging…and planning, together, the trip of a life time….Magic. Pure magic.

We sent them all home with leftover Chinese food, WDW guidebooks we got at Barnes & Noble and little booklets we made ourselves with park maps and a special jac & co. are going to Disney! cover.
A special heart-felt thank you goes out to carolfoy

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Old 03-06-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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WOW! You did it! I loved the whole story! Thanks for sharing the fun with all of us. You will have a magical trip!
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful gift, to all of us reading as well. Like you said pure magic. I love it. Gives me goose bumps!

Congrats and enjoy!

Pixie dust to the 9 of you!

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Old 03-07-2006, 06:03 AM   #4
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What a wonderful surprise Lynn, I'm so glad to be 'involved'. My very best wishes that you and your lovely family have a fantastic time, I will watch out for your trip report.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:35 AM   #5
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That is so great!!! I have goose bumps reading it too. You will have a great trip, congratulations on pulling off a really great surprise to your family.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:39 AM   #6
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What fun!!! That sounds like something Disney should put in a commercial. Have a great time planning the details of your trip.

Your family will never look at a fortune cookie the same way again.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:54 AM   #7
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Congratulations! That was certainly one of the best surprises I've read.
Looking forward to your pre-trip and trip reports already! 9 wow!
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:07 AM   #8
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Congratulations! I have tears in my eyes reading your post! I hope when pur kids are plder we can do that as well! You guys are going to have so much fun! I can't wait to read your trip report!
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:10 AM   #9
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Oh how magical! Have a great time
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:11 AM   #10
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That is such a sweet story!!! You and your DH really pulled it off!!! Have a great time.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:37 AM   #11
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What a GREAT story! I got teary reading this! Have a wonderful trip!!!
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:42 AM   #12
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What special people you and your husband are! Your children are very lucky. Have a wonderful trip.

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Old 03-07-2006, 09:49 AM   #13
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Lynninpa, I just have to tell you...

You DA BOMB!!!!

That is just the best! I sometimes wonder now, as I plan trips for our family (DD13, DD8, DD6 and DS 10 months), what it will be like later on, down the road, when they grow-up and have families of their own. I only hope we can continue to share our blessings as a family!

I have been checking this forum regularly to get this update. Thank you for sharing!

By the way, we'll be in WDW when jac & co. arrive on 8/27, (our trip this year is 8/23 - 8/31). I can't help but think that I'll be keeping a keen eye out for a very happy group of 9!

All the best to you and yours!
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:53 AM   #14
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Story tale magic, such caring & generous parents - your family is blessed!

Wish we could co-ordinate vacation dates w/our 2 older DS's, they & DH are limited as to when they can take vac. time (someday!)
A true dream come true to have whole family together @ WDW - enjoy!
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:39 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing your story with us. I, too, am all teary-eyed hearing about it.
Congratulations on planning and pulling off a wonderful surprise. I hope you and your family have a magical trip and make memories that last forever!
Your kids are truly blessed to have such great parents like you!!
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