The Big Surprise

Mimi and Shaun drove off in the Big Orange Jeep about an hour ago.  Mimi thought that they were headed to the store to get a light fixture to put into my dismally dark studio a surprise for me.  But in reality, the surprise is for Mimi. 

They are headed east to Cour d’Alene, Idaho to visit our niece Tomi and her adorable family.   Tomi is going to be surprised too.  We did called her Mom, who lives in Alaska, and asked her to make sure, in a very subtle way, that it would be a good time to visit. 

Shaun called just a few minutes ago.  Mimi somehow managed to figure out that they were not headed into town to get a light fixture.  (Smart kid, eh?)  In a very Mimi-like manner, she started pestering her dad about where they were going.  She has never been one to be satisfied with a vague “It’s a surprise” answer.  She needs to know things! 

As a hint,  Shaun pulled out her DS.  She just looked at him quizzically, then guessed that it was going to be a long trip.  When Shaun replied that it would take about five hours she lit up and guessed that they were headed to Tomi’s.   Apparently, when she finally got the truth out of her dad, our little girl squealed and squeezed him so tight he nearly lost control of the Jeep.   

Then she started thinking again.  (Yep, she’s always thinkin’)  She thoughtfully turned off her phone because the battery was almost dead.  That’s when Shaun whipped out the battery charger that I had snuck to him on the way out the door.  Then she wanted to know where she could plug it in at.  Shaun informed her that he had hotel reservations to use if it wouldn’t hurt Tomi’s feelings too much.  (Shaun has a thing about staying in other people’s homes) Then Mimi wanted to know how long they were staying.  When she found out it was for two days, she sighed and said wistfully that she wished that she had her bathing suit.  She was astounded when she learned that I had packed her a full suitcase to take care of her every need. 

They are going to have a wonderful Daddy-Daughter bonding time with Mimi’s Big Surprise…

I know this isn’t aliens yet, but it’s breaking news!


Bit O Life


KT is staying home to torture Buddy while wearing a net bag.  One of them thinks it’s fun…

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25 Responses to The Big Surprise

  1. Betty says:

    What a great surprise. I hopw they have fun.

  2. chrisb says:

    That sounds like a wonderful surprise. They’ll have great fun.

  3. Cazzie says:

    What a goreous image!

  4. Swamp Witch says:

    That’s a wonderful surprise.
    I’m assuming it’s Buddy who thinks this is fun.

  5. photowannabe says:

    What a fun surprise and Dad -Daughter bonding times are precious.

  6. Carol says:

    What a wonderful surprise!! Shaun sounds like a really fun dad!


  7. Laane says:

    What a lovely gift.
    Great you thought about to pack “everything”.

    Thanks for participating in the august give-away. What a pity you didn’t win.
    But the september issue is up, so that’s another chance.
    Feel welcome to join.

  8. JennieBoo says:

    Oh, what a fun surprise! Yay for Mimi!

    Shaun and Mimi will have a great time, no doubt. Ya’ll are too sneaky!

    Tell us all about it when they get back.

    I’m anxiously expecting the alien story, by the way!

  9. Oh, what fun! I still miss my dad so much!

  10. PrEtTY iN tHE CiTY says:

    I love the story father and daughter so much. ;p

    Bye-bye alien..

  11. mjd says:

    You and Shaun are such nice people.

  12. Jay says:

    How did you guys do all of that without her knowing? You’re sneaky!

  13. Kell says:

    That is so wonderful! You guys rock! Mimi is very lucky, and she’s such a good kid that she knows it. Hope they have a marvelous time.

  14. mrs darling says:

    How sweet and what a lucky girl.

  15. wolfbaby says:

    ha mom does know all;)

    hope they had a blast;)

  16. Tink says:

    Aw. What a great surprise! When I was in fourth grade, my Mom picked a friend and I up from school for a surprise trip to a theme park. It was one of the best trips ever.

  17. Keshi says:

    wut a nice one! 🙂


  18. Jocelyn says:

    And to Coeur D’Alene, no less–such a beautiful lake!

    Ah, a well-executed surprise is so much fun.

  19. That is lovely, what a great surprise 🙂

  20. Karina says:

    What a wonderful surprise for her. Kudos to you for managing to keep it a surprise for as long as you did…but a 5 hour drive would be a bit too long with such an inquisitive kid, wouldn’t it? 😉

  21. Mojokat says:

    That sounds like an awesome surprise! What a great family life you all have! It’s inspiring to see. I grew up with a wonderful family like yours, but its not all that common, unfortunately.

    How exciting for her! Hope they had a blast!

  22. Newt says:

    Awwww, right down to the phone charger. Awwww

  23. Cheryl says:

    You’re giving them the best gift: a wonderful memory!

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