You're back? Good, because here's what I have to say:
WE BOUGHT FOUR PLANE TICKETS TO LONDON!!!
No, we're not excited at all. We don't have a stack of guide books and two maps of London on our coffee table, with three more books expected in today's mail. No, I haven't compiled a packing list for a trip that's more than two months away. Graceful has most certainly not been reading a guide book, nor has she asked to ride a double decker bus. Elegant hasn't been walking around perfecting her British accent. And we definitely didn't talk about the trip while we walked to school this morning.
We're all perfectly calm about it all.
When the girls went to bed last night, they knew that this trip was a possibility. Pete was still working on our airfare, so things weren't set yet. When I woke the girls this morning, I told them that we'd bought the tickets.
Elegant asked, "So are we really going?"
I said, "Unless something comes up." (Thinking of my father's iffy health.)
Elegant said, "You mean, like the circus?!?"
Graceful is already thinking about what she's going to pack -- she is SO MUCH like me.
We don't have a definite itinerary yet, only a vague plan to spend a large chunk of time in London, with a day trip to Oxford to see friends who are on sabbatical there. We've talked about going up to York, which we love, but we've also talked about heading the other direction to the Cotswolds and then on to Shakespeare Country. (Guider, I'll email you about this.)
So anyway, lots of exciting things for us to think about!
Now we just all have to be patient until April. Sigh.