We discovered that the pink tag on our suitcase meant we'd be one of the earlier groups to disembark. We were up at 5:15 and had a nice, last buffet breakfast. I had three pieces of bacon. Yup, I did.
Our suitcases had already been picked up the night before.
Our group met in the "Fusion" lounge at 7:15 AM and we boarded a bus for Vancouver airport.
That was where we found the only Princess glitch. The staff people just didn't have their act together and there was an interminable wait for our luggage. People who came after us got their suitcases first and it was hard to hear which group's luggage was being delivered.
The next morning we got up and checked our answering machine. There was a surprise message from Art's cousin's husband saying they (he, Art's cousin, his daughter and son-in-law) were coming to Hawaii on Tuesday and wanted to see us. We offered them a place to stay since they'd taken such good care of us when we lived in Chicago, 35 years ago.
And then it was a mad dash to unpack, do laundry, clean up the house, prepare the guest bedrooms, get groceries and supplies, and prepare for their arrival in less than 2 days. They stayed with us for a week.
The house is quiet now...
POSTSCRIPT #1: Many of you asked if we gained weight on this trip. Incredibly, Art and I both lost two pounds. Mom said she gained two and Auntie won't get on the scale. Mom says she thinks Art and I were under too much stress looking after the two of them. I think it's because we were really always on the move doing things and just not realizing how much exercise we were getting.