Ten years ago we were on yet another family road trip when my parents explained to me that we would be driving an extra 15 minutes to stay in a Marriott hotel.
"WHY?!" was my immediate 9-year-old response.
They calmly explained that they were saving up Marriott rewards points so that one day we would be able to go on a big trip to Europe and stay in hotels for free. "As if" I thought..
Ladies and gentleman, I'm pleased to announce that ten long years later, that ambiguous Europe trip is actually happening.
Here is a little glimpse of how everyone is feeling mere hours before our departure...
The sulking young adult, Spencer: You guys are going to Europe? Cool. I'll just stay here and play on my phone, thanks.
The (wannabe) French petit fille, Ellie: Bubbling with excitement and literally jumping for joy.
The singing, baking machine, Emma: That big grin and power pose sum up her emotions perfectly.
So long, Virginia. Hello, Iceland!