Knowing all along that we wanted to surprise them with the trip, we concocted a story about needing to take some Christmas pictures at a local park. Well, the story became reality once we realized it was a good ruse to get them out and about. I even told the girls who had been making some costume like paraphernalia that I would take some pictures of them dressed up just for fun in their Hobbity/Dwarfy fashion.
There was screaming and bouncing and excitement galore! It looked like this...
(OK, she was actually trying to mimic the face of the dwarf on her shirt but there was screaming before they got out of the van.)