I know I said that we weren’t taking a vacation this year, but we’ve decided to take the trip to Seattle that we were planning on doing this August before Mark became unemployed. And thanks to George Bush’s, um, brilliant economic stimulus plan, it won’t even hurt. Yeah…it’ll feel good to do my duty as an American and spend the check on airplane tickets and servicing our HVAC (which will cost about 800 bucks. Ah, home ownership).
Mark’s Norwegian side of the family is in Washington so it’s a trip to visit family, not a true vacation per se, but we’re still excited anyway as it’s been over 2 years since we’ve visited. That trip is also the last time we were on an airplane (I told you we don’t get to travel much). So now here is the added twist: my brother’s decided to fly up from California to visit us while we’re in Seattle, which isn’t necessarily a surprise since he has done that before and he’s quite chummy with Mark’s family ever since he met them at our wedding in Hawaii, but now my parents have decided to come along too for the first 5 days of our trip. Huh. Not quite what I imagined our trip to be, but I guess it’s REALLY a family vacation now, in more ways than one. I managed to get them on the same flight as us going west so I’m actually grateful for the extra hands since we’ve never flown with 2 kids before. As luck will have it, they are also sitting behind us so I figure we can just toss Claudine over to them and back since she is seatless.
Oh, and these rubbery monster-things? Mia, her aunt and grandmother have this thing where they give each other these fingerpuppets, all named “George”. I’m guessing they’re coming on the trip with us. You know, to visit the “homeland”.