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    Well it's 4 hours till we leave but for some reason my countdown timer says I'm in the pool so I'll start writing.

    So far this has happened:

    Our car hire voucher didn't arrive. I told Val who got straight on to it. If anyone saw her Facebook status about her shouting so loud that she scared her children, that was her shouting at the supplier to get it sorted. It got sorted and I have checked in with Alamo already so I just need to stroll to the garage and pick a car. A nice shiny one.

    The house is cleaner than it's ever been. Even cleaner than 5pm on Christmas Eve.

    The dogs, guinea pigs and the hamsterthatlives have gone off to their holiday homes. It's very quiet here except for the occasional giggle from Steven who is watching Minecraft videos.

    I've checked in online. And our pre-requested seating has been changed. Don't tell Grandma but they've stuck her on her own 3 rows away on the other side of the plane. We'll be at the airport early tomorrow though so hopefully we can get that sorted out.

    Talking of Grandma I have no idea where she is right now. Somewhere between here and Devon but where along that line is anyone's guess.

    This is the best bit. Adrian wanted to know what scissors were in the side pocket of the case so that he could practise cutting a cable tie to make sure they were sharp enough.
     
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    Oooh this just in. Grandma is near Portsmouth. About another 90 minutes to go in good traffic then. The traffic is heavy though. And Grandad is listening to his sat nav instead of just driving so they could be forever. :rotfl:
     
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    :rotfl: :rotfl: an excellent start! will we have to wait till you get back for more or will you be posting from over there???
     
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    Will try and post from over there. There is a computer in the villa so should be able to.
     
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    woohooo ! it's always nice to imagine folks over there
     
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    Have a great trip. Sure wish we were going to be there too.
     
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    Yay!! A good start, indeed!! I can't wait for the report - really!! :mental:
     
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    I was seriously worried about going on holiday with my mother in law.

    I've just realised I've been married to her for 10 years. Adrian is his mother. :rotfl:
     
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    Have collected Nanny Lesley and apparently Grandma is now just a few minutes away.

    We'll have a last coffee and then go through the "tickets, money, passport" check eleventy billion times then do the ritual unplugging of everything.

    Next stop Premier Inn Gatwick.
     
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    Everyone is here. :yes:
     
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    You are almost on your way!!!! :mental: :mental:
     
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    Just make sure Grandma isn't behind you and log out afterwards :lol: :lol:
     
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    Nice start to what promises to be an interesting story.

    I hope you are resting peacefully at the Premier Inn by now!

    Safe travels to you. I hope the weather gets better fast. It's stupid hot with violent thunderstorms... :sigh:
     
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    I'm thinking Norman Bates? :unsure:
     
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    Sounds like things are falling into place. Have a great trip.
     
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    Just don't take any showers with Norman in the room.......................
     
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    We're here. It's 3am and me and Nanny and Grandma are up and ready to go. The boys are still sleeping. Steven had a 20 hour day yesterday. The connection here is a bit slow and i'm getting annoyed with it already. :lol: In brief the flight was fine but took forever. We were up there months and months. When we landed i don't know what happened but the plane swerved sharply on the runway and couple of times - we all had to grab hold of the seats in front. Immigration took about an hour which was better than expected. We got to pick our car from a whole line of them. No idea what it is but it's huge and shiny and has a bazillion buttons to press. We tested a few out before making our selection. Drove to villa through awesome storm. Managed to set off the alarm getting in :oops: Had a quick dinner in IHOP last night then a quick stop at Publix for coffee and milk for the morning then back to the villa. Steven and myself tested the pool out and it proved to be more than adequate. Will give it a full analysis once it gets light. We all gave up around 9pm - a 20 hour day is plenty.

    And now I'm going to take my coffee and sit out by the pool. :wiggle:
     
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    Whenever we land at mco it is always in the middle of a storm. It makes driving out the the garage exciting. I think it only 2-3 times its actually been nice :lol:

    Glad to hear you arrived safely and have a great day today.
     

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