Playing Detective

In what may end up being one of the coolest things we have ever done for Kaitlyn, Amber and I launched a mystery game for Kaitlyn leading up to today that was one-of-a-kind.  Everything came together pretty quick as far as us planning the end result, it was just a matter of coming up with the clues and the gifts along the way.  (Amber did a great job coming up with the clues and the graphics for each clue.)

Starting December 7, Kaitlyn received one clue per day/night about the mystery we planned for her.  It was awesome to follow along with her as she tried to figure out what they all meant, and we captured each clue on video as well.  The clues are listed below, in the order she received them, along with any gifts that were with the clue.  Don’t spoil the surprise for yourself by scrolling to the bottom. Play along, and please comment at the end with how many clues it took for you to figure it out.  I hope you enjoy!

Clue 1:  Solving a mystery can’t be beat.  Don’t get lazy on those feet.
We made the first clue as vague as possible, but it was enough to hook her.  It took her about two minutes to start searching for her next clue, but Kaitlyn would have to wait, which is not her strong suit.

Clue 2:  What a way to kick off the summer, a week in June won’t be a bummer. (This clue came with a little sundress.)
Kaitlyn read the clue a couple times before she connected that something was happening for a week in June.  At this point, she was convinced that the mystery would not be solved until June.

Clue 3:  Where sand and sun meet, this trip is a special treat.  (This clue came with two new bathing suits.)
Kaitlyn figured out that the trip in June would take us to a beach somewhere, but where?

Clue 4:  All the ice cream you can eat.  Hurry quick and grab a seat.  (This clue was located in our chest freezer, with the ice cream.  Where else?)
So far, she pieced together that we are going to be on the beach somewhere, cooling off with ice cream.

Clue 5:  A fireworks show you just have to see.  There’s magic in everything if you just believe.
This clue sort of threw Kaitlyn off the trail a little bit.  She immediately thought about July 4, which, of course, does not go along with an earlier clue.

Clue 6:  You might see a dolphin or two, make sure to take Archie with you!
Archie is Kaitlyn’s stuffed dolphin from our trip to Sea World over a year ago.  He goes everywhere with us.  When she read this clue, Kaitlyn immediately said that we will be doing some “deep sea swimming with dolphins.”  Swimming with dolphins is surely a possibility, but is not something we currently have planned for this trip.  Hopefully she will be ok with seeing dolphins from a distance in the event we opt to not actually swim with them.

Clue 7:  To an island we shall go, a hunting treasure don’t you know!  (This clue came with a Tinkerbell beach bag)
Kaitlyn was able to deduce that the beach from clue #3 is an island.  Which island we will be visiting remained a mystery to her at this point.  IslandIs it the island pictured on the right?

Clue 8:  We’ll be dining in the Royal Palace one night; we recommend you try the Princess Delight. (This clue came with a pink dress)
Confusion is starting to set in.  Kaitlyn thought that we are going to be going to a castle.

Clue 9:  Dessert after dinner is yours to take.  I hear the Enchanted Garden has a Royal cupcake!  (This clue came with a giant cupcake)
Kaitlyn wa not sure what to make of this clue, other than she will be able to have dessert after her meals.  She also tore in to the cupcake that came with this clue.

Clue 10:  There’s a kids club if you so choose, without mom and dad telling you what to do.
Kaitlyn was excited when she read this clue.  To her, it meant that she would not have to listen to me or Amber while on our trip.  Close.  She will be able to enjoy herself at a kids club during the day if she wants to, with no parental interference.

Clue 11:  There’s fun and sun on the island of Castaway Cay, but don’t worry, “the tribe has spoken,” you won’t be hearing Jeff Probst say.  (This clue came with a pink bandana/buff)
We may have stumped Kaitlyn a little with this one.  She is convinced that our trip has something to do with Survivor, which is one of her favorite shows.

disney-dreamClue 12:  They have shuttles to launch you into space, but a ship is what we’ll use to say “Bon Voyage!” to this place.  (This clue came with a little toy boat)
Kaitlyn’s first reaction was the we were going to outer space.  Nope.  Then she tried to piece together the clues, and came up with we were going somewhere on a ship, specifically the “Tortuga,” which is the name of a boat that is used on a show that she watches.

Clue 13:  There are things you’ll have to learn: port means left, and where’s the stern?
Kaitlyn insisted that we use the iPad to look up what “stern” meant.  She learned that the stern is the aft or rear of a ship.

Clue 14:  Do you have a wish?  Is it to call Captain Hook a “silly codfish?”  (This clue came with pirate tattoos and an eye patch)
Kaitlyn looked over all of her clues, and it was back to the iPad.  She looked up Castaway Cay, the Enchanted Garden, and Royal Palace.  She was excited about what she saw in the pictures that came up, but still had not connected the dots and figured out the exact nature of the trip; she had a pretty good idea, but still had not put the puzzle together.

Clue 15:  Floating around like a rubber duck, running into Donald might be your luck.  (This clue came with a rubber duck)
Kaitlyn knew one thing for sure after this clue, she will be seeing Donald Duck.  Amber and I think that she would have this figured out by now if she could just piece the clues together instead of looking at them individually.

Clue 16:  It’s not a nightmare so don’t scream, only good memories aboard this Dream.  (This clue came with Minnie Mouse pajamas)
She is convinced that there will be a bed on this trip.  Nailed it!  She has a really good idea what we are doing, but has not completed the puzzle quite yet.

Clue 17:  All aboard me hearties!  Get ready for a rockin’ pirate party!  (This clue came with a party dress)
Kaitlyn knows exactly what we are doing and where we are going.  The pieces of the puzzle have been put together.  One clue to go, however.

Clue 18:  Make sure to have an autograph book with you.  There’s not telling who you’ll run in to.  (This clue came with and autograph book and a DVD that previewed our vacation)
Kaitlyn really cannot contain her excitement about going on a Disney cruise this summer!  She is looking forward to setting sail with Mickey, Minnie, and a ton of other Disney characters.  She has already made it known that she cannot wait to ride the AquaDuck.

Kaitlyn woke up this morning knowing where we are going on vacation, and she really cannot wait.  Santa left a few presents under the tree that she can bring with her on vacation, too.  Then, at 10:05am, she received a special phone call from Captain Mickey to let her know how excited he is that she will be joining him on a cruise this summer.  The look on her face when she heard Mickey on the other end of the line was priceless, and is one that I will remember for a very long time.



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