Heading to Ireland!

I cannot believe it is already here! Tomorrow we are getting on a plane and flying to Ireland to get married.  It is going to be a whirlwind trip and I really cannot wait.  We will be flying all night (plus losing 6 hours to the time difference), then we will hop on a bus and head to Galway.  From there, we will catch a ferry to the Aran Islands where we will check into our accommodations.  Then, we have about two hours to shower and get ready before our officiant comes to pick us up and bring us to the ceremony site.  I don’t anticipate getting much rest during the flight, so I am really hopeful that the adrenaline will pull me through everything.

After our ceremony, we will spend the next day on the Aran Islands.  Then, spend Friday in Galway and head to Dublin for Saturday night.  Our flight back home is on Sunday evening.  All in all, it is a very quick trip, but I am hoping to make the most of it.  Plus, in the future we can always go back and explore further, and if we don’t bring the kids, we can afford to make it a longer trip.  For this trip though, it was really important to me that Ryan came and was involved.  Most people get married and then have kids, but for us, this marriage is not just a union between two people, but an affirmation of the entire family unit.  By the time things started working out between me and Cal, Ryan and I were already an established family unit.  Cal worked his way back in to join our family, but it is important to me that Ryan’s role in the family is still honored with the marriage ceremony.

Right now, I am busily trying to get everything ready for our trip.  Travel is always stressful for me, particularly with young kids.  Saoirse has never been the best flyer on our many trips to Texas, so I am nervous about how she will do on this flight.  I am trying to be much more prepared than I have been in the past, and I am hoping that the fact that this is an overnight flight will also work in my favor.  I am even working on scheduling some posts on this blog for while we are gone.

Fingers crossed that all goes well and we have an amazing experience! I am looking forward to this start to our adventures together as a family.