Ok, so I wasn’t going to do a trip report this time since I still haven’t finished my TR from last summer. However, I decided to try to start and FINISH a short report. Maybe I can get this done before we leave in two weeks.
Me–usually the planner but I had a lot of help this time.
Mike–loves to go just doesn’t need to talk about it all year
Nate–turned 13 (I still can’t believe that, where did the time go?) during this trip
Our usual travel family:
P-- My good friend
K–old friend of my DH
B–(21)K & P’s oldest son
S–(17) K & P’s oldest daughter
L–(10) K & P’s youngest daughter
New to the group
J–a coworker and as much of a planner as I am
C–J’s wife and a friend of mine
We had a studio (for J & C) and a two bedroom (the rest of us) booked for a week at BCV. We were all on the same flight going down but left at different times.
Day 1—Also the last day of school for the teachers in the group (which is all the adults!)
We had a 6:00 pm flight booked in case we used all our snow days (we did). The last day of school is a teacher work day and we’re allowed to leave after lunch as long as our classroom is closed up. My room was ready so it was a pretty quiet day for me. I had a few things left to tie up and a luncheon and then then I could leave.
Our plan was to meet at the airport. However, J & C made arrangements to leave their car at someone’s house close to the airport. Once we picked them up we were at the airport in less than 15 minutes. Along the way the guys joked about leaving the car in some random neighborhood to avoid paying for parking (remember this!).
Once we got the airport we walked through security, there was no one waiting, not one person. We decided to get a snack and a drink at a restaurant while we waited for the rest of our group to show up. Time flew by and the next thing I knew we were on the plane and in the air.
As the flight attendant was taking our drink order he asked how old Nate was. I said he turned 13 today. He quizzed me a little about whether his birthday was actually that day or not. About 30 minutes later he announced that we had a special birthday and called Nate up to the front of the plane. He turned off all the lights (it was dark out by now), had everyone push their attendant lights and the whole plane sang happy birthday to Nate. After that he presented Nate with a SWA birthday crown. :laugh:
We were off to a great start to our plane hadn’t even landed yet.