The Beginning Who: My recruits and I, family of 3 from NW Georgia Me: AKA Commander Mama , lover of travel, obsessed with WDW, and soon, DCL. Loves to plan and surprise sons with trips to top all previous trips. Never went to Disney World as a child, and is making up for it as an adult. DS11: AKA Private Goofy , lover of all things soft and cuddly. Obsessed with chocolate and doughnuts. Loves to watch wrestling, SpongeBob, and Naruto. Handsome, smart, funny boy who is still my baby. First trip to Disney was at age 7 DS15: AKA Happy , lover of football and paintball. Obsessed with tennis shoes and French fries. Loves to watch Naruto and listen to his iPod. Son, in honor of whose 16th birthday, this little trip has been put together. Sweetest, most handsome boy youd ever want to meet. Youd never think his greatest joy is playing defense on his football team so that he can HIT somebody. First trip to Disney was at age 11. What, when, where: 7-day Land/Sea combo, March 30 April 6, AKL and Disney Wonder As of 4/14/07, Operation Triple S was in effect. I began planning this trip shortly after my son's birthday last year. It dawned on me that he would be turning 16 in '08, so I wanted to do it up GRAND! So, what praytell, is Operation Triple S, you ask? Well, it is the less tongue-twisting version of Operation Secret Sweet Sixteen. My beloved son Happy will be celebrating his 16th birthday on 4/6. So, I have decided to take him, my younger son, and myself on a fun-filled vacation to WDW and on the DCL to celebrate. Weve done many vacations before, but this one is super sneaky and secret . So secret, in fact, that Id planned on not even telling my family members about it until shortly before we leave. I cant afford any slip-ups. It is very important to me that this particular surprise be kept quiet. The boys are used to trips here and there, and they love Walt Disney World. So, I know that this trip will be a blast. We are arriving to the Orlando area on Saturday 2/29 for a little pre-trip celebration. Were going to stay at a hotel near I-Drive, have dinner somewhere nearby and relax for the evening. Then, Sunday 3/30 the Land portion of our actual trip will commence. We will be staying at AKL. Happy has been wanting to stay at this resort ever since he knew it was in existence. This boy loves animals and being able to stay at a deluxe hotel, with his beloved animals, is sure to be a big hit. Then, on Thursday 4/3, well set sail on the Disney Wonder for a 3-day cruise . I cant wait!! Im so excited I cant stand it. So, this will be our first cruise, and our first trip outside of the country. I hope it is the first of many more to come. I think Im going to keep the sea part of the trip a secret until we actually get ready to leave the resort, rather than telling them about it when the Land portion of the trip is revealed. Oh, what a glorious day that will be. Maybe Ill be super mean and let them think that were actually leaving the resort to go home, after only four days. That wouldnt be so hard to do, since I can just say it was too expensive to stay more days. Oooh that sounds like a plan. A devious, evil, brilliant kind of plan. Why: 16th Birthday Celebration for my big guy My son Happy is truly a joy. He is smart, funny, sweet, and quite possibly the most kind person I know. He is very much for doing the right thing, and is always looking for ways to please his mama. He is helpful and protective, and a fierce believer in family. He is the only teenager I know that would prefer to have a birthday party with just his family and none of his friends. He is very popular and everyone just loves him. But, he feels most comfortable, most content, with his family. He is sensitive and just about as cute as could possibly be. I know most parents think their children are nice-looking, but my son is incredibly handsome, if I do say so myself. Hes very responsible, and has grown so much that he has to look down to look his short mama in the eyes. Its hard to believe that this is the same baby that was born six weeks too soon, and ended up being 4lbs and 13 ozs when he was born. So, I have no doubt that he will be a huge success as he grows up because he is a really strong kid. Even though he was born a premie, he didnt have to spend any extra time in the hospital. He was perfectly healthy and was released with me. He just happened to be very little. And, of course, that time didnt last very long at all. So, these past 16 years have been filled with so much and with so many emotions, and ups and downs. But, I can say without a doubt that most of the ups, joys, laughs, and tears of joy have been because of that boy. He makes his mama very proud and I cant think of anyone in the entire world that I would rather lavish an incredible trip like this upon. He deserves this and so much more. Sixteen is a very special birthday, and it is my wish, my hope, my prayer, that my boy will remember his forever. Next post How I've kept the secret for almost an entire year!