Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pinch me, I must be dreaming!

Guess where we're going?  I can't believe it...

 But we're going here...

And here...

And back here...

And here, too! 

I can't believe we're actually going back to England and France again this year.  I feel very blessed, indeed, to be able to "cross the pond" again.

We've got family living in England so while they're still there, we've decided to make another trip over.  They will be putting their home on the market to sell and when it's sold, they'll be moving back to the states so it's almost as though we have to go see them while we've got the chance, right?  At least that was how I put it to my husband as I was telling him all the great reasons I had to go back and bring Leah and Daniel with me.

Outside of going to Mexico, Daniel has never left the country so this is a big deal for a 13 year old boy.  Leah's and my passports are current but Daniel's had expired so on Tuesday afternoon we made a quick trip to our local courthouse to get a new passport for him.  My husband had to be there, too, because both parents have to be present to get a passport for a minor.  We all had to raise our right hands and solemnly swear that everything on the application was truthful.  No problem!

The tickets have been booked and this year we're going for four weeks instead of three.  Four weeks sounds like such a long time but we've gone for 23 days the past two times and it has flown by so quickly that I thought we might want a few more days to explore. 

In the meantime, I'm frantically scrambling to find us an apartment for a week in Paris.  Once I've got that and our Eurostar tickets taken care of, I'll be able to relax a bit, but not much.  We leave on June 5th which is not that far away.

I always panic a bit after plunking down the money for the airline tickets.  It's that awkward stage of imagining myself crazy for investing so much in my quest to see more of the world before I'm actually excited about the trip.  Don't get me wrong.  I am excited.  I'll just be a little more excited when a few more details have been wrapped up.

Cheerio!  Or should I say Au revior?