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December 22nd, 2010
A Birthday Surprise

My husband pulled off a wonderful surprise for my recent birthday. I knew we were going away but I thought hubby had organized a quick trip to the South Island of New Zealand. On the day we were meant to leave, he woke me up at a very early hour with a cup of tea. When I went to check my email there was a note attached to the computer along with a flashdrive.

The note said, “Good morning, Shelley. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to insert this flashdrive. It will not self destruct in five seconds, but you may!!”

Curious, I inserted the flashdrive and a movie started. Hubby had booked us a cruise on the Volendam and the movie showed all the ports of call. Honestly, I had no idea. He really pulled a swifty on me :grin:
Luckily I had a few hours to pack and organize/reschedule the few things I needed to sort out before we traveled up to Auckland to board the cruise ship.


The cruise started in Auckland and stopped in Mt Maunganui, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Akaroa, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), cruised the Milford Sound before crossing the Tasman Sea to Hobart in Tasmainia, Eden on mainland Australia and ending in Sydney. The surprises kept coming with some fun tours booked and a new bracelet for my birthday. We went dolphin watching to see the rare Hector dolphins, wine tasting, hiking, swimming and sightseeing. We even visited the real Middlemarch where I took loads of photos. I half expected one of the Mitchells to round the corner and say hello. In fact, the Mitchells are so real to me, I was a bit disappointed when they didn’t!

We both had a fun time and arrived home rested and ready for Christmas. It was the best birthday ever.

11 comments to “A Birthday Surprise”

  1. Oh wow, Shelley, what a truly fabulous surprise birthday pressie! Mr Munro is a gem!

  2. Hi Shelley!
    What a wonderful birthday surprise.
    I love how he set it up!
    Merry Christmas!
    Love & Best Wishes to you & yours,

  3. Yay! Seems you had a WONDERFUL birthday my friend! Now have a very merry Christmas too!

  4. Hi Shelley! What a wonderful surprise!

    I hope you have a great holiday. I just had to come out of hiding to wish you the best.


  5. Sounds like a fabulous surprise! How nice.
    Fantastic that you are all rested for the holidays with your family:)

  6. I really did have a wonderful time and will share some photos of the destinations when I get organized. I was clueless to all the background organization. I obviously need to get out of my writing cave a little more.

  7. Wow, what a fab surprise! Guess we don’t need to ask if you had a good birthday, huh? :grin:

  8. Wow that is amazing…You are soo lucky…I’m so glad you had a nice time…

  9. Oh what a sweet hubby you have! So glad you had a nice birthday.

  10. Your hubs is so sweet! How lucky you are! I love how he set it up. What memories you are building together.

    Happy Belated birthday!

  11. Awwww…. what a fantastic birthday present. Sounds like your hubby is a keeper :smile:

    Happy Belated Birthday wishes!