Do you remember Joyce's question from Wednesday Hodgepodge: "Do you carefully plan your vacations, or do you prefer the days to be more spontaneous?", well here is what I have to say about that!
Back in August of last year my niece texted me with the date of my great nieces High School graduation this year. What I found a few weeks later is that my sweeps in Las Vegas for bowling were the same weekend as her graduation.
Well I haven't missed bowling in Vegas for over 20+ years with my bowling league however I felt it was important for me to be in Florida since two of my great nieces were graduating from H.S. So I told myself I would just have to miss it this year and made peace with it.
So I figured I would go to Florida at the end of May, be there for their graduations parties and then spend time with my dad. Keep in mind that when I was there in December neither of the girls wanted parties, they wanted to hang with their friends. They both go to different schools so their graduations are on different days.
So back in January I wrote to both of my nieces asking them if there were any plans being made. If the girls wanted to party with their friends I get that, I was young once, but let me know if there is going to be a family party. If the family party was going to be later then maybe I could go to Vegas then take off for Florida. Well I didn't hear anything back so I decided to just make my own plans.
However in the meantime something else came up. Mark was going to Orlando around the 16th of June and I could join him at the Gaylord Palms. So I decided to write to my nieces again and tell them that I was coming there at the end of May, not going to Vegas and if they have a party while I am there great, if not it didn't matter because I was coming to spend time with my dad. Then after that I would be going to Orlando with Mark and spending a week there before I came home.
I had to have my plans made, I couldn't be spontaneous about this and I couldn't keep waiting for an answer. So we were working on dates but hadn't made any reservations yet when Adam informed us that Tristen's graduation is on June 14th. (Son's best girl and our daughter in law in our hearts) She is receiving her doctorate and we are not missing that....this is a big deal! (and she has landed an amazing job already, more on that later) So on to another plan.....
So now I will be in town for Tristen's graduation on Saturday and leaving the next day for Florida, going to Orlando with Mark and then heading down to my dad's at the end of the week. So now I have to decide if I should go to Vegas and bowl since I will still be in town. I have one more thing to share and this is where God comes in. (sorry it's so long)
When my dad turned 89 and spent his birthday alone I made myself a promise that he would never be alone on his birthday, I would be there with him. Of course last year on his 90th we had his party so I was there.
Because of the girls graduations and then the Orlando trip I didn't see how it would be possible for me to be there. I would already be gone for three weeks. I would be there for Father's Day and I thought I would make a point of making sure he was taken care of by someone for his birthday.
But I was breaking my promise and that bothered me. I had just said to Mark that I had promised myself and I was already breaking it. One of the problems is that we go to Mammoth Lakes just 10 days past his birthday which is a bit of a rush for me.
Since Tristen's graduation has come up and with my change of plans I will now be there for his birthday. God always seems to have a way to work things out even when we weren't planning on it! My time with my dad will be shorter but that's okay, I will just have to visit again later in the year. Hopefully these plans will remain unchanged and Mark is booking our flights as you read this!