In order to get to California before the surprise we had to take a flight out of Des Moines rather than the nearest airport. This meant driving two hours at 3 a.m. so we could catch a 6:30 flight. Crystal and Rich couldn't come until a few days later so Caden opted to travel with us to optimize his time in sunny California with cousins. It was real nice to have his help with Tatum during the travelling.
Here is the surprise. It's just black until 1:24 or so. We waited in the dark (with 13 kids!) for a long time. I love how excited all the kids are to see grandma. She is definitely loved.
The rest of Saturday night we just spent time together eating pizza, explaining how we pulled off the surprise, and getting settled in.
On Sunday we headed to Church in the morning. However, the meeting times for that particular building had yet to be updated with the new year's schedule. We found ourselves sitting in the middle of a chapel full of hispanics. We had come to the Spanish ward. We stayed and even did our best to sing the hymns. But aside from Nathan and Dad, none of understood a thing. It gave us something to laugh about though.
After Church we drove to the San Diego temple to walk around and then to a nearby park to eat our lunch.
This picture of mom and lots of the kids is actually at the resort that morning.
Papa watching the movie at the museum with two of us youngest granddaughters.