We first tried to surprise her with a beautiful calendar that included all sorts of photos from some of her previous and most recent vacations. The surprise was- we added a new vacation on the very last page- Hawaii! Since we haven't gone yet, we photo-shopped a picture of the ones going on the trip and added all of our faces to Hula dancers. Of course nothing ever goes off without a hitch around here so naturally, not only did the photo not get finished in time to add to the calendar but, the calendar didn't get delivered on time. In fact, it didn't actually arrive until the day after Christmas. But, like the true Barrelassers that we are- we improvised.
|Photo-shopped picture that never made the cut :)|
We decided to just pull up the calendar online from our saved projects page and let her know this was her gift that didn't make it on time. The idea was for her to read the calendar and of course, be very surprised when she got to December. No surprise here that it was raining and our satellite internet wasn't cooperating at all. We were able to make it slowly load on a cell phone which then made the writing almost impossible for her to read. Smh. We were finally able to capture some of the calendar reading and surprise on video- which you can see on our Youtube channel link and right here on the blog link as well.
And what else would Barrelassin' Momma's first thought be when she realizes she's going to Hawaii to celebrate her 74th birthday in June but 'did we rob a bank?' Of course we didn't rob a bank. We booked the trip- paid all of the deposits- and then for an even bigger surprise we told her she has to pay for her own portion. Shake my darn head again. Essentially- we knew she was willing to do that- but she wanted her family with her. So her real present is that we're willing to spend the money so that we can join her on her next big Barrelassin' adventure!
How do people such as us manage to go to Hawaii? We pay deposits and set up a payment plan with Alaska Airlines and we now have five months to pay it in full. Yes- it was like vacation layaway!
Enjoy, Barrelassers ;)