SURPRISE! Let’s Go on a Day Trip!

Last night, while the girls were sleeping in their beds, Mark and I stayed up late packing up the car for a total SURPRISE day trip to nearby Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. (Mark had taken the day off from work, and the weather forecast looked beautiful!!)

It. Was. Awesome!!! We enjoyed the sandy beach, waves, boardwalk, and lots of sunshine!

I love surprising the kiddos with things like this. One of the highlights of this trip, was Clara’s first-ever time to see the ocean — and the reaction! Oh my goodness!!! One look at the water and waves, and she turned around with a HUGE grin on her face!

Wow, there’s sand too?!? This place ROCKS!

Emily and I spent lots of time in the water… so much fun!

I just love surprise day trips like this, don’t you??

After the beach, we strolled over to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk — very family-friendly. We visited on a wristband day (a wristband buys you unlimited rides from noon until 6pm). I first learned of wristband days from Sheila at Pieces of a Mom. (Thanks, Sheila!) Added bonus — When you buy wristbands, you also get coupons for games, chicken nuggets, and ice cream!

The lines were short, and many of the rides were perfect for the girl’s ages. We had a blast!!

Lots of great classic Summertime FUN!


  1. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says

    How fun!!! The look on Clara’s face is priceless! It’s SO fun to surprise the kiddos with things like that! πŸ™‚

  2. Dear Valerie,

    Even with tons of SPF 70 sun block, I still managed to burn!

    It was worth it.


  3. What a great time! I just love planning surprise trips!

  4. looks like a fun day out!

  5. great idea! I noticed that everyone has outfits on to protect from the sun but not you…be careful with sun exposure…

    • The sun was strong! We all went heavy on the sun screen & reapplied several times throughout the day, but Mark still managed to get a little burnt on the tops of his feet & I have a small spot one of my shoulders that got pink. I think the camera strap rubbed the sunscreen off in that spot — you almost can’t use sunscreen too much.

  6. I wish one of the beaches in Texas had a boardwalk. As far as I know none of them do.

  7. How wonderful. I miss warm beaches and warm ocean πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah S. says

    Look at those SMILES!

  9. What a fun outing!

  10. What a fun day! We just returned from taking our kids (5, 4, and 1) to the beach (Assateague & Ocean City). It’s tiring but so much fun! It was the first trip to the ocean for our 15 month old and he LOVED it!

  11. That was awesome. How exciting for the girls, and how cool for Clara being here very first time! I’ve been away for 3 weeks and just wanted to stop in and say hello.


  13. Love that beach! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  14. Love it! And dont you look so cute in a bikini!

  15. How wonderful that your husband can take off from work to be so spontaneous with you and the kids! Looks like a great time was had by all!

  16. Oh, looks as if you had a smashing time in Point Pleasant! So glad you could take advantage of the wristbands. They really do rock! Thanks also for the mention! πŸ™‚

  17. How fun!!! And dont you look cute in a bikini πŸ™‚