That picture up there shows where we are headed in just over a month: beautiful Samoa.
Steve and I are going with four friends, two kids and of course our little toddler, Abbey. The reason? To celebrate two 30th birthdays - mine and one of our friends'!
We can't wait. In fact, all six of us are counting down the number of days, and when we see each other we just have to say a number (currently 39) and we start jumping up and down. Well, we would if we were 'jump up and down' type of people, but we're more 'jump up and down on the inside' types. We're incredibly excited anyway.
So we know we'll have fun, we know the kids will love it. After all, there will be beaches, pools and cocktails. And there will NOT be work, telephones or housework. So it's sure to be great.
What I'm not sure about though, is the plane trip. It's only about seven hours, which will be broken into two trips with a short stop in New Zealand. But two lots of three and a half hours, expecting a not-quite-two-year-old to sit still? That doesn't sound like much fun.
So, what I'm asking, dear readers, is for any tips you have for making a plane trip with a toddler more bearable. In other words: HELP!