So, we sleep a little bit later than usual this morning, and no one is really anxious to get up and moving, since we were up so late last night. Grace bounced from bed to bed until Jim finally put her down, asleep, with Eilis on the fold out sofa. Jim’s mom has to work later today at a holiday function in their community, so we don’t make any real plans to go anywhere or do anything, other than run out for coffee. We spend quite a bit of time on the phone and online with British Airways, but the end result – all of our travel reservations for next summer are made! We got a pretty good deal by booking with the British Airways credit card. We had to buy upgraded seats (not REAL upgrades, like first class, but upgrades like two across instead of 3), but it was a buy one ticket, get a companion ticket for free deal, so it worked out to be the same price – a few dollars less – than paying for all 7 of us. We were able to book the odd ticket as a regular coach fare, but then with the frequent flier miles we got from booking the rest of the tickets, we got a free upgrade on the 7th seat, so we’re all together. London won’t know what hit them when this crew arrives!!
We had a delicious dinner of roast beef, and then after dinner, Russell took us all out on the golf cart to see the holiday lights. I was surprised how many people were really decked out for Christmas. I had figured that since it was an over 55 community, there would be a percentage of people not even home over the holidays, since they were traveling to visit their children or grandchildren; and then I figured there is a percentage of homes not occupied for whatever reason. Add into that however many people don’t celebrate Christmas or might be too old or not up to decorating, and I really assumed there would be way more un-decorated houses. And some of the people really go all out! Dot and Russ had one of the best decorated – the kids could have stood outside for hours watching all the things they have outside!
I headed to bed early – around 10 PM – and left Jim out with the girls. I don’t think they stayed up much later though – they were just as tired as I was.