Therapy is going well… thanks for asking. But I’m not here to elaborate on my mental issues any further; sorry for the heavy post last week…
I’ve actually been planning something spectacular for 10 months and felt the need to keep it private… for reasons. But not anymore. I’m going to share with you all
how I’m the greatest daughter there has ever been how my family and I planned a vacation getaway for mom as her Christmas gift this year.
To be honest it was my brother’s idea. He’s the only one in the family who’s been cruisin’ before. He suggested it a couple years ago, but Fella and I were in the middle of planning our wedding and honeymoon, so funds were pretty limited. Then in March of last year I reached out to the big bro and asked if he was still game. He said yes and we started researching.
We planned for the 3 of us (me, the husband, and the bro) to go with mom to make it that much more fun of an experience. Dad doesn’t do big bodies of water, particularly if he can’t see land, so he’s staying home with the pups.
We booked and paid for the cruise in May of 2019, so I had to keep our secret from my mom, my best friend whom I share everything with, for 7 months and I tell you what-it was not easy, but totally worth it.
I like to think of myself an awesome gift giver. This year along with the cruise, I gifted Fella a pet camera for the house, so he can look in on our babies through out the day. It even has a 2-way audio connection, so we can talk to them and confuse the hell out of ’em. He’s borderline obsessed with it, checking it multiple times a day and even on our way home together, he’ll pull it up to see the dogs’ reactions of us pulling in to the driveway.
I also gifted my dad (who turned the big 6-0 on December 30th) a 6 month subscription of Scotch of the month club. I ordered it through Taster’s Club and they offer curated bottles of any type of alcohol from around the world. Dad likes his Scotch, but his favorite, an 18 year old bottle of Macallan, can run upwards of $280 a bottle. My hope is that he finds another Scotch he likes that doesn’t cost as much, but is still as enjoyable. I also got him custom etched glasses that has the year he was born and says “Aged to perfection.”
And my brother…? He’s a dooms-day prepper. Judge if you want, but he’ll be ready for whatever comes, whereas the rest of the world will not. To add to his stash, stock, armory… whatever you want to call it, I got him night vision binoculars. I know; I’m a great sister.
So obviously I couldn’t just have mom unwrap a piece of paper that says she’s going on a cruise. That wound’t be fun. So instead I put together a scavenger hunt and this is how it went:
1. The first present she opened was a pair of slippers and a blanket with a note that read:
Wrap up warmly
your next gift is outside
for this is where your luggage will hide.
(psst… check your trunk)
2. She then went out to her car where I hid a new travel bag for her in her trunk with another note that read:
For your travels
and over night ventures
this little weekender bag is all yours.
But for your next hint
check the room with no doors
for a message in a bottle.
Hurry, don’t dawdle!
3. She then made her way back into the house to the sitting room where she has a collection of cobalt blue bottles. She found the one with the last note that read:
Looks like you’ve found the last clue
for the main present that awaits you.
We love you so dearly and want you to know,
so to the bathroom you must go.
We know this sounds strange, silly, and gross,
but we promise you’ll like this one the most.
In the bathroom, I had set up a blue light that spins and when shone onto a surface, looks like water. Then in the bathtub I placed a blowup cruise ship with the cruise itinerary next to it. Once she read through the trip’s details, she came out of the bathroom in tears and gave us all the best mom hug there ever was.
There truly is no one more deserving of an amazing vacation than my mom, and I’m so excited for her to experience this new adventure, but also… I’M GOING ON A FREAKIN’ CRUISE! We’re heading down to the Bahamas during Spring Break with stops in Princess Cays, Nassau, and Freeport. We’ve already booked our first excursion for Nassau where we’ll be swimming with dolphins then enjoying the rest of the day on a private beach. Just typing that out relaxes me…
Have you ever been a cruise? Have any tips for a new cruise-goer? Let me know!