Barrelassin’ Momma got a big surprise this Christmas. She has been talking about Hawaii for as long as I can remember- essentially, my whole life, and this year that’s exactly what she’ll get!
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 😉


(1997-our 23rd birthday party)

The party planning is underway and in full swing! Me and the girls have been planning our fortieth birthday for months, and we’re getting closer to the big day. The countdown is on. We have booked the location, had a great cake designed,and sent invitations; Facebook invitations that is. Which is how I got here today.

What are the rules for social media invitations? What are the pros and cons? Well if you really wanna know, I’m your girl.

Pro: It can save time and money.
Con: It can save time and money. In most cases, “you get what you pay for” is a very true statement. Whether you’re paying with your time or with your money.

Pro: It allows you to reach people you may not otherwise be able to reach. It can still be time consuming when you’re really into it, but it’s definitely a great way to find and reach people you would like to invite.

Con: A lot of people do not even read event invites from other people on Facebook. Even worse- a lot more people automatically assume it’s some sort of game invitation and delete it without ever even opening it.

Pro: When answered truthfully, it’s a great way to keep track of attendance all in one place, at the touch of a button.

Con: People aren’t always truthful. I”m finding out that people don’t always answer honestly. For example, when I receive an invitation on Facebook, I try to answer as soon as I know something. If I know for sure I’m, planning on attending, I will confirm. If I am unable to determine that I can definitely show up- I will  respond by using the ‘maybe’ option. If I know that I definitely will not be available, I will decline the invitation and reply with a simple answer such as, ‘I would love to be there, but blah, blah, blah (insert reason for knowing why I absolutely can’t make it.) And if I simply don’t want to go- I usually don’t go into much detail, but try to at least thank the person who sent it for thinking of me.

My own son told me that he always answers ‘maybe’ even if he knows he’s not going, just to make people feel better. Another Facebook friend told me in private that not only is he NOT coming to our party, but he answered ‘yes’ to show his support. So how do we accurately plan a party for a certain number of people, and how do we distinguish the real guests from the sympathy guests? Your guess is as good as mine. But we’re planning for the best, hoping for the greatest, and we may be actually planning our very own surprise party due to the fact that we don’t know who is actually attending. I like surprises anyway- as long as I’m dressed for it!

Enjoy, Barrelassers 🙂