Wow. We are really going! We will be flying out of our regional airport (10 minutes from our house!) on Saturday, September 4. Even though the layovers are less than ideal (two 3-hour layovers on the way there, and one that's 5 hours on the return flight), the convenience of flying in/out of our local airport and how the ticket prices were significantly cheaper than Jacksonville will hopefully be worth it! I'm pretty sure most RR families use Golden Rule, and Eldon seems to be the "agent of choice" and he's been great so far :-) I priced the exact same flights online and they were about $200 more elsewhere!
I'm not so nervous to fly (though I hate the take-offs, turbulence, and flying over vast areas of water like any normal person), I am nervous to be away from my boys for so long and so far away. This is so out of my comfort zone! I am taking them to the opposite coast of the country which means they'll be that much farther away from me!! I know God is in control and I know that we are in His hands, but I still let that human nature get the best of me at times. I know they'll be totally fine and have a great time, so I'm not really worried about them, I'm worried how I'll do without my daily doses of snuggles and "I love yous" from my boys! But I remind myself that Darya has been away from her family for over 2 years! I cannot wait to hold my baby girl!! **sigh**