The house is clean, the suitcases are packed and just a few last minute things to go into the carry on bags. And yes my travel pants fit comfortably once again.

It is the start of a very long day. We plan to leave home shortly after 11 am to drive to my mother's house in Burlington. After a late lunch my brother will drive us to the airport where we will catch an 8:15 pm plane to Vancouver and Sydney Australia. After a 3 and a half hour stop over in Sydney we catch another plane this time to Auckland, our destination landing on Monday February 5th at 6:40 pm. Now it's not quite as bad as it sounds as we cross the international date line and loose a day but the travel time from Toronto to Auckland is 28 hours so it's still a loooonnnnnnggggg day. Sure hope I can sleep on the airplane.