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a surprise 13th birthday trip

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Cameron and I have been throwing around the idea of taking the kids on a surprise 13th birthday trip for a few years. Before we knew it the time was coming to pull the trigger or not. So we pulled :) Last fall Aiden and I finished the Harry Potter series (me for the 2nd time) and since then he's been dying to go to Universal Studios Orlando to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We knew we would somehow make the trip this year so we decided why not make his 13th birthday surprise trip! Originally we were just going to take him but in all honesty everything we do we do together. So it seemed kind of wrong planning a trip without the 5 of us. So planning away I went. I found an amazing deal for plane tickets and park tickets which made it easy. The hotel was the hardest part. I knew an on site would break the budget so we found one right outside the park entrance that ended up working out nicely. Now we had to plan how to surprise him. That was the fun part! At their school every Wednesday is a half day plus with his birthday being that Friday (Feb 1) it was a no brainer to try and leave after school Wednesday so they could miss the least amount of days possible. So Cameron and I picked them up last Wednesday and told them they had a dentist appt. They were a little surprised Cameron was with me but we just told them that he didn't feel like going to work and they didn't really question it. After picking them up we pulled over to a gas station and Cameron got a gift bag out of the back of his truck and gave it to Aiden. In the bag was a letter from Hogwarts inviting him to the school, 3 tickets for the Hogwarts Express and a Hogwarts t-shirt. I filmed his reaction and y'all it was amazing! At first he guessed going to Universal and he was excited but this was his reaction when I told him we were going straight to the airport.


officially a teenager

Friday, February 1, 2019

Today is a very special day...Aiden is 13!



{kirchoff travel diaries} hello 2019 and our trip home

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

DAY 6

After the late night that NYE was we once again slept in. I was the first one up and noticed how beautiful the weather was. I couldn't wait to get out and enjoy our last day here. Plus we were all a little extra excited because our Texas Longhorns were playing the in Sugar Bowl that evening.



{kirchoff travel diaries} new year's eve

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

DAY 5

This was our first morning on vacation to actually get to sleep in and man did it feel good! Once up we ate breakfast


{Kirchoff travel diaries} ski vacation days 3 & 4

Monday, January 21, 2019

Day 3

After our crazy travel adventures from the first two days we were all excited and ready to get on the slopes. However first we had to send Amelia to ski school. She had taken a private lesson the year before but that didn't end too well so she didn't have a great opinion of skiing. We all coaxed her into believing that ski school was going to be so much fun and lucky for us she took the bait :) So early Saturday morning her and I walked across the snow over to the lessons.

Looking back up at our condos


{Kirchoff travel diaries} New Mexico Ski trip

Saturday, January 12, 2019

DAY 1

We've decided to try and make a ski trip an annual vacation for us over the winter break holiday. Our favorite time to go is between Christmas and New Years. Last year when we went there was no snow but this year Mother Nature was very kind and there was snow. Lots of snow! We had planned to leave on Dec 28 and drive straight there but after chatting it over we decided to leave on the 27th and drive about halfway to Lubbock and stay the night. Since we got to Lubbock around 4pm we checked in the hotel and then went bowling. 


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