Hi, this is Summer. :-)
We're in the process of getting ready for our trip! We're finishing up last minute laundry and cleaning - and packing, and changing our minds, and re-packing. You know, the usual pre-travel stuff. ;-)
Great news, by the way... Bree is coming along after all! The school decided not to fuss about it, and she's braving her fear of flying to make the trip. I'm so excited. It would have been fun either way, but it'll be more interesting to have another kid along to share the adventure.
While we're gone, Inna, Maia, and Kiwi are going to sleep in the Greens' house. With Blakeney and Bree out of town there will be enough extra room that it won't be too much of a squeeze, and that way they can supervise everyone and make sure they're safe. Way more fun (and less awkward, given all the wonderful weirdness at home) than hiring another adult to babysit. They'll be moving their stuff over after we're done with supper.
Our flight leaves tomorrow at 5:50 a.m. - so pretty much tonight, since we aren't going to get much sleep if any. We have to be through the check-in line by 4:50 because of our airport's rules, so that means leaving the house pretty early. Hopefully we'll have a safe flight, and arrive uneventfully on the other end!
The girls staying here are still planning to blog, and Bree and I will try to post entries from our trip, too, but it'll be a chaotic couple of weeks on both ends, so don't worry if you don't hear from us for awhile. We're a little nervous about the travel portion... but very excited! Yay for taking trips! :-)