Surprise Birthday Trip to Florida

Well, Matt and mom successfully pulled off one of the best surprises of my life – a birthday trip home to be with my whole family. For weeks I thought I had it all figured out – Charleston or Asheville. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

 After we dropped Charlie off at Pet Paradise Resort we headed to the airport. When we printed the boarding passes I was so dang confused. Orlando? Home? What??

 That is when Matt told me that my whole family was waiting at home for my arrival, including Grandpa and Uncle Nick! But the best part…my DAD came home! For the past year or so he’s been working in Austin, TX and doesn’t get to come home much, instead mom flies out there to see him. So almost a year had gone by since our family cruise when we were all together last, and finally ALL of us were reunited for 3 whole days. I cried when my parents picked us up from the airport – so happy and overwhelmed with thankfulness!

And as if the weekend couldn’t have been any more perfect, I even had time to sneak away and see my bestie, May, for a delicious BBQ lunch. We caught up as much as we possibly could in 2 hours. It was so wonderful.

Of course we spent most of Saturday watching football. Since Matt is constantly trying to recruit new Ohio State fans, he brought shirts for everyone to wear. I chose to rock my Gator colors though.

{Mom’s Game Day Spread}


The Buckeyes and the Gators won their games. The weekend couldn’t have been more perfect!


  1. jweis81
    October 1, 2013 / 11:49 am

    What a surprise! So great to be with loved ones on your birthday!

  2. jess
    October 1, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    That is so awesome! How sweet of them to put in so much effort πŸ™‚ I am going to Orlando (we are running a race at Disney World!) for my Bday, too, but it's not a surprise and I'm mostly paying for it, lol! What a great family you have – Happy Birthday!jessQuaintrelle

  3. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    October 1, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    What a sweet surprise!! Your hubby did so good!! Also, I'm a fellow Gator so I'm glad to hear you stuck with your orange and blue! Go Gators πŸ™‚

  4. Rach
    October 1, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Soo fun! Such a good surprise…kudos to them for pulling it off!

  5. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    October 1, 2013 / 12:33 pm

    Such a sweet surprise! There's nothing like family and its always extra fun when everyone is together πŸ™‚

  6. Sara Elizabeth
    October 1, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    What a great surprise!! I would be crying like a baby if I got surprised with a trip home like that! I am a Badgers fan though, so I can't support those OSU shirts being passed around πŸ™‚

    October 1, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Aww Christina this is so, so sweet! What a great surprise!!

  8. Sam @
    October 1, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Aww what a sweet surprise! I'm sure it was so wonderful to have your entire family together to celebrate!

  9. Dee Stephens
    October 1, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    I had no idea was a Buckeye. Craziness. We have tons of Buckeye friends which is how we ended up at the Cal vs. Ohio State game in Berkeley. Fun weekend you had!

  10. Rachel
    October 1, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    That is awesome!!! I am glad he planned that for ya!

  11. Alexa
    October 1, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    I got teary-eyed when I saw your Instagram picture – such a sweet, sweet surprise!! Glad y'all had a great trip and this year started off for you with a bang! πŸ™‚

  12. blair
    October 1, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    How sweet, what a wonderful surprise! Nothing better than sharing your birthday with the ones you love most!

  13. Maureen SIM
    October 1, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    What a lovely trip! So glad you had a great time with your family!

  14. Colleen Sullivan
    October 1, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    So sweet! There is nothing better than family. I almost cried when you said you cried when your parents picked you up! And your mom's game day spread looks like the perfect set up to me! Fruit and chips + salsa = perfection!

  15. Pamela
    October 1, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    Oh how SWEET! Great surprise!

    October 1, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    So, so fun! That husband of yours is a keeper! πŸ™‚

  17. Tess
    October 1, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    How adorable is this and how AMAZING is your hubby (and mama!!). Glad you had such an amazing weekend – so special your dad could make the trip too.

  18. Emily Powell
    October 1, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    aww, that's so sweet πŸ™‚

  19. Bekah Walsh
    October 1, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    Sean loves the Buckeyes – he'll be Matt's friend! ;)What a smart man – he did great!

  20. Allie
    October 1, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    What a sweet surprise! There's no place like home. Happy belated!

  21. melissa
    October 1, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    How fun! What a great surprise! I didn't know you were from Orlando. That's where I live! Looks like you went to 4Rivers for lunch- YUM. Happy belated birthday!

  22. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    October 1, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    What an awesome surprise! I love how our sweet husbands put so much time, effort and thought into these surprises for us – we think we have it all worked out and then SURPRISE!!! x

  23. Tammy Jo
    October 1, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    What a wonderful surprise!!

  24. Katie
    October 1, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    yessss! i love the surprise but i have to comment about the osu shirts πŸ™‚ i'm a fan of your husband already!!

  25. Amanda
    October 1, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    Sounds like you had a fantastic birthday. Being with my family always puts a smile on my face too πŸ™‚

  26. katiebluebird
    October 1, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    That is so sweet of your husband! I'm glad that you got such a lovely surprise and had the opportunity to be with your family for your birthday. What a great gift!Is that 4Rivers that you visited in your photo? I LOVE that place and would give anything to go home to Orlando to have a taste of their ribs!

  27. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    October 1, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    What a sweet and thoughtful husband!!

  28. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    October 1, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    Such a sweet family you have! Glad you had a good birthday!

  29. Taylor Rae
    October 2, 2013 / 12:38 am

    What an awesome suprise!! As much as I love Charleston and Asheville going home is always the best!!

  30. Bri Buzali
    October 2, 2013 / 1:45 am

    This makes me melt, what an awesome awesome husband! As someone who lives far away from my family, I understand how special trips home are.

  31. Aubrey Henderson
    October 2, 2013 / 2:03 am

    Fun! Never used a pet hotel service before… how did it turn out?

  32. Sara Elizabeth
    October 2, 2013 / 3:42 am

    What an amazing birthday surprise! I say you put Matt in touch with my hubs to plan the perfect birthday surprise for me! πŸ˜‰ Happy, happy day!!!!

  33. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    October 2, 2013 / 4:25 am

    Matt has be in his court! Go Bucks!!!

  34. Jaclyn @ Haute Granola
    October 2, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    What a great surprise!!

  35. Nicole-Lynn
    October 2, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    Soo fun! How sweet of your hubby to surprise you! I spy 4 Rivers– yummy! Glad you had a wonderful time! xo

  36. Natasha
    October 3, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    as if i didn't think he was a keeper already, he wins BEST HUSBAND award in my book!!! that is the sweetest and most thoughtful surprise ever…family time at home is the icing on the cake πŸ™‚

  37. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    October 4, 2013 / 12:55 am

    How sweet is that? Happy Birthday!!

  38. Lobster Meets Peach
    October 4, 2013 / 11:00 am

    What a thoughtful and sweet gift!?! So happy to see that you had a lovely time!!!

  39. daniesyarden21
    November 12, 2013 / 6:23 am

    Wow,you really look so fab in these pictures or also doing a great fun That are showing on your face…My best wishes is also with you..!!ΠΊΠ²Π°Ρ€Ρ‚ΠΈΡ€Ρ‹ Π½Π° Π˜Π±ΠΈΡ†Π΅

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