He Planned a Mystery Trip Full of Surprises – Part One

The day after Thanksgiving my husband left a piece of paper on my bathroom vanity that said:

‘Don’t plan anything after Christmas and before the kids go back to school. I have made plans for you and I around New Years Eve. I will be coordinating everything including childcare, activities, dining, etc.You are not to worry about anything. I have it covered.’

Okay, WHAT?!? Just take a minute to imagine the shock, you guys. My husband is a great guy. A good person to the core. But after 14 years of marriage I’ve learned he’s not exactly one for spontaneity and romance. Or so I thought…

UntitledThe weeks leading up to Christmas were anxiety provoking for me, to say the least. It was killing me that he had secrets up his sleeve and I had no control whatsoever. Sure, he did drop the occasional hint but it was driving me mad not knowing where we were going! And admittedly I harassed him…unabashedly. But he never once cracked. So the big reveal on Christmas was such a relief. I was told we’d be going to Vegas for New Year’s Eve! After years of spending the holiday with my kids playing Mario, watching movies, and toasting with apple juice, we were finally going to have a grown up New Year’s Eve!!! This year he took care of all the child care arrangements (Thanks Grandmas and Grandpas!) He had all of our dinner reservations made. All of our entertainment was booked. Our days were planned. I just didn’t have a clue what any of those plans were. Amazing, right? But wait. There’s more…

Turns out there was a second leg of the trip planned. He knew I had been missing my cousin (basically she’s a sister to me) who lives in LA. She had a brand new baby in early December and I felt awful that I wouldn’t get to meet him until they came home in the summer. As I let things sink in, I wondered what we could possibly doing for 6 days in Vegas. That just seemed like way too long to be there. So I gingerly approached him later in the day. Here’s how the conversation went:

Me: So, I was thinking. Maybe we could take a day and visit my cousin while we’re out there.

Him: Nope. I don’t think there will be any time for that.

Me: But I REALLY want to see my cousin and meet the baby. We could leave super early in the morning and make it a day trip. We could be back by evening if we need too.

Him: I wish we could, but it’s just not going to work.

(Getting a little heated)

Me: I’m sure we could make it work. I really want to see my cousin! I miss her so much!

Him: (laughing) No!

Me: Seriously, then what if I just drive out by myself?  You don’t even have to go if you don’t want to.

Now he swears that somewhere around this point in the conversation I said, “I demand to see my cousin!” but I emphatically deny saying those words.

Him: No! We can’t make plans to go see your cousin because I already MADE plans to go see your cousin! We’re staying overnight in LA. She and I have been planning it together since September.

Stunned Silence

Me: Seriously??? *bawling*

He was conspiring with her the whole time! They were both in on it. In fact our whole family was in on it, and not ONE of them spilled the beans? In-freaking-conceivable!!!

So it was on. I had 4 days to get ready. As we headed to the airport I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was ahead for us. Wrong! Little did I know he had something very romantic planned for us on New Year’s Eve. Something WAY out of his comfort zone. Something that will go down in the history of our relationship as one of the most memorable days ever…

Are you curious? Good! Stay tuned for part two…coming soon!


  1. Love it… Love the suspense. ❤️❤️

  2. Phil wins husband of the year, hands down! Best gift ever…for me too! Thank you for coming all the way here just for me! Love, love, love you!

    • Seriously. Thank YOU for hosting us and letting us invade on a night without power. I hope you’ll be my cousin forever. Love you!!!!


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