I rang my daughter on Sunday afternoon to wish her and her hubby a safe flight, happy holiday and a safe return home in October. She said their two cats. Max and Monty, had been taken to board at what Karen described as a very desirable place although rather expensive. She actually wouldn't tell me the cost but the way they love those two moggies I am sure they just wanted the best for them.
They flew out on Monday morning on an Emirates 'plane via Dubai to the US. They will land at the airport in New York where they will be met and driven to New Jersey. Usually they fly Qantas so it will be interesting to hear what K thinks of the service on Emirates vs Qantas.
This will be an entirely different visit to the one three years ago when they flew from Sydney to the US and then to Alaska (yes, I know Alaska is part of the US but there's no direct flight there). I guess it means they will have almost flown all round the world so quite exciting for them. It was while there they flew to Seattle for their daughter's wedding.
They are of course going to stay with their #3 daughter and her partner and the partner's daughter. It has apparently has been very hot and humid in New Jersey but with autumn on its way there I am hoping for K's sake it will have cooled down a little.
I will miss her while she is away and apparently her Sim card in her mobile won't work in the US and she will have to wait to use her laptop (or iPad) until she sets it up. I fear they will be suffering some type of jet lag for a day or two as it is a long journey and I think they arrive in the middle of the night.
I told her 'no news is good news' and when she can, I know she will pop a few words on Facebook to let her family in Australia know all is well with them both and the family they are visiting. It is a well timed visit as their daughter will celebrate her 38th birthday on 3 October. Nice to have mum and dad there at that special time.
P.S. The 'no news if good news' harks back to years ago when my son (then about 19) was driving down from South Hedland in our north. I heard on the radio that there had been a fatal accident on the road he would was travelling on. I had a friend who was able to find out that my son had not been involved in the accident which was a relief although I felt so sad for the others involved. When Steve arrived home and I told him what had happened it was then he said "always remember Mum, no news is good news".