a late christmas surprise.
This weekend is Christmas with Gabriel's family, who he hasn't seen in a year, since he spent his last three-week leave with me in Ireland. (Which is where we met and fell in love. So, it was all worth it to us.) His fam lives in the country, with sprawling land, a whole bunch of pygmy goats, a gaggle of pups and a few donkeys. Get this: The pygmy goats just had babies. And I get to name one. You know you'll be seeing photos of that next week. :) (Edit: No babies as we thought. Bummer! Maybe next time.)
Gabriel's parents have always wanted to visit Alaska. But, they had five children, so Alaska went back on their dreamshelf, and they focused on providing for their little ones. What they don't know is that Gabriel and his four siblings have purchased a ten day Alaskan cruise for them. Have I told you how sweet Gabriel is? (I have. But this next part is just incase you're not convinced.) He planned the entire thing. Flights, hotels, the cruise itself, spending hours debating over which room would best suit them and which ports of call they'd enjoy most. We wanted to tell them in a semi-special way, and wrapping up six gifts that hinted at their trip seemed just the thing. A new camera, warm coats, a tour guide book, a few gift cards to pick up mittens and needed items, all packaged with one letter from the word "Alaska". We cannot wait to see their faces.
As for me, I'm a bit nervous about meeting the fam for the first time. I've quizzed myself on all twenty names, drawn a family tree in my mind countless times. TWENTY. But, I have a deep fear that they'll dislike me, I'll say something awkward or just be a hot mess. But, with ten nieces and nephews...all adorable, I must say...I'm certain we'll have a fun time.
Regardless of my nerves, we're on our way. Wish me luck. :)