I am developing a reputation of gullibility. I could TELL there was a surprise gift for Michael afoot. I thought Cy had developed an odd habit - but you know - anyone living alone could get a bit "odd" - he has taken to making odd sounds - "ca- caw, ca-caw" but I'm a mother so I went with it. Whatever. He's a bit odd. It turns out those were warning sounds as the presentation of "the gift" was prepared.
Our plan after the ceremony was clean the chapel, come home and veg, and then have some friends over in the evening. Instead, Michael spent 2 1/2 hours in a meeting. ::snort:: I could tell the kids wanted him home....and finally, he was home.
They let us know they had a presentation before company arrived.
BreAnne had created a powerpoint presentation. It began with Zippity doo dah.....and quickly went through each assignment and various PWOC pictures from the past 24 years. I was touched and satisfied.
A Slide popped up saying they had a gift for us but first - "What do all these things have in common?" And it began to show exotic beaches. I love beaches. They had a photo of us on the beach. I was making all sorts of guesses. Michael figured it out quickly. Larissa took a zillion photos of me as I guessed one thing after another....here is the moment when I realized what the gift was! I couldn't believe it. Y'all these kids aren't rich.....
They BOOKED a Carnival Freedom Cruise for us! Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cozumel...BOOKED it. We sail from Galveston. I looked up and said, "Oh, GOOD. I wanted to go to Galveston this year! It's on my bucket list." Which cracked everyone up.
Josiah explains they all pitched in to book us the cruise. The younger three will stay in Eugene after an early Thanksgiving. Michael and I will take the trailer down to TX. We'll have 7 days. They've paid for excursions. I can't remember all the details but I know we need to log on and figure out what we want to do. They paid for it and booked it as they knew we'd take forever to decide when we'd actually do it if we were left on our own.