Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bahamas or Bust

I have lots of things to share that we have been up to since the last time I posted, but I am feeling too giddy not to talk about The Great Mom Deception of 2012.

You see, back earlier in the year when I was living in Charleston and likely to remain living in Charleston, my Mom and I thought it would be fun to go to Time Out For Women. It's a conference for LDS women that has inspirational and faith promoting speakers come to speak to you. My Mom thought I could use some inspiring since these past few years have been a bit tough. I was excited.

Well then we ended up moving and John's parents booked a house on the beach during the same week that my Mom went ahead (without double checking with me ahem) and booked. We realized the double booking belatedly, but were going to work around it and still go--in fact John's mom Jane was going to go with us.

Meanwhile, I realized that Mom had booked the tickets during the week that her 10th anniversary fell. I knew this would sadden her husband Gordon, because we had been talking for months about possibly doing a big party for their anniversary. Right around this same time, my Mom started telling anyone and everyone that she wanted to go on a cruise for her anniversary. :)

Finally, I realized that maybe instead of Mom coming to see me, maybe Gordon could secretly book a cruise out of Charleston and get a flight down at the same time. We were kind of doubtful that the flight she already had would line up, but we checked anyway, and it lined up almost perfectly! After going back and forth, Gordon decided to pull the trigger and surprise my Mom. I was on the phone with him while we went over everything and I helped him make the reservations.

Not two minutes after we hung up my Mom got a text telling her that there was an "unusual charge" to their credit card. She panicked and almost called to report that their card must have been stolen because she certainly didn't make a purchase that large and she doubted her super frugal husband would have done so either. She called him just to make sure and he answered that it was him with a sheepish laugh.

So...Mom was a little suspicious at this point, but knew that her anniversary was coming up so decided to not press for details.

Now, let's talk about the fact that we could NOT find my Mom's passport. Anywhere. We had my sister call to try and ask how mom organized her important papers (didn't work, she answered too vaguely). Gordon tried to look in one of her many purses, no luck. Finally, Kelly drove all the way down to her house, snooped through her stuff for five minutes and found the passport! We were back in business!

It all came down around our ears last night when a out of town relative called and asked if she could come and see my Mom during a last minute trip to D.C. She just needed to stay one night the night before Mom got back from her trip with me. So Mom asked Gordon if he would be okay with that. Gordon hmmed and hawed and said he didn't think it would work. Mom asked why, and he said he wasn't sure he would be home. She asked where he was planning on being since she was going to be out of town (she was thinking he must have forgotten). She was even thinking of cancelling her flight when Gordon finally confessed that he was going with her and that she was headed to the Bahamas for 5 days! From all accounts, we got her good!

So, now my Mom and Gordon are on their way to Charleston tomorrow and will be heading straight to the port where they will embark on their 10th anniversary Bahamian cruise. I think the whole thing is adorable and romantic, and I am beyond excited for them. And in the end, it's probably a good thing she found out early anyway....we had forgotten to get someone to feed the cat while they were away. :)


maugers said...

So cute! My 10 is coming up, and I'd be REALLY surprised if Dave did anything that crazy! I can't believe you guys found the passport and everything :) And the cat probably would have survived :) Good job!

Missy said...

Oh wow! I love it! I just love a good surprise! I wish we did something fun like that. Instead, we got a different surprise...Easton. :)

luvnmy10 said...

I hate the word deserve, it sounds selfish oe something to me, but.... Of all the people I know and love, your mom, my sweet generous sister, deserves this. To be surprised, pampered, sun kissed, coddled...she will be a grateful recipient and probably wish her kids could be there with her and Gordon. Happy sailing....Bon Voyage!

Kelly said...

So stinking excited for them!

Emily Foley said...

That is amazing! What a terrific guy. Now my 10 year anniversary to Boston feels lame. :)

Kellie said...

Great story! Glad it worked out.

Carrie said...

I LOVED it all and they got me good! It was so wonderful and so relaxing and so out of the ordinary! I have a sweet wonderful husband and great kids who were so great to help pull it off. (such sneaky things they are!). It's actually a good thing I found out because they also forgot that I get motion sickness and I was able to get patches, Dramamine, and any other thing that would work on sea sickness =D

Thank you!!!!