Our friends Tami and Wes left Misawa a little before us and went first to Monterey, CA for 9-ish months and then to Argentina for one year. We dreamed of visiting them in Argentina, but alas, the first year or two of starting a new business is not a great time to travel. After Argentina, they went to Germany joining many of our other Misawa friends. That is when Wes started planning our epic trip/reunion to Europe. Doug started planning it with Wes on a strictly hypothetical basis.
Sure, we'd been saving for a vacation for a looooong time, and sure we had frequent flyer miles for the tickets, but are those good enough reasons to flit a quarter-way around the world?
(The answer is yes.)
Wes got some other families on board and started the "Convince-Douglas-To-Come Campaign" in earnest.
(Are you wondering if I needed convincing? I didn't.)
Pretty soon plans were taking shape and a reunion was being planned and we actually had to commit.
When we bought the plane tickets many months ago, I still couldn't actually believe we'd actually go. I wondered if Doug would back out.
Evidently, just because you have money set aside in account labelled "vacation" doesn't mean you have to use it for a vacation. Turns out you can use it to pay bills. At least that's what I'm told.
Fortunately, even Doug is susceptible to peer-pressure and soon we were all in--(if skeptical it would really happen.)
When we got on the plane in San Diego, early in the morning on May 26th, kid-free, I was still more anxious than excited. (Could have been the sleep deprivation and angst at leaving Linky.)
When we got to Atlanta, it started to feel a little more real.
And when we were actually in the air listening to announcements in French, I got very excited!
(and then I fell asleep again.)