because i somehow have a track record of screwing up travel plans, the hub has been in charge of planning our trips for awhile now. and while he was booking stuff for our trip to hawaii for the wedding, he managed to find us flights to and from honolulu that didn't require us to drive out to LAX (aka hell on earth). instead, we got to fly through ontario airport - which is fabulous, because not only is it super close to home, but generally quiet and uncrowded. it makes for a really lovely, stress-free travel experience.
and so we found ourselves on thursday morning, not too bright and early, hopping into the truck after loading it with our suitcases and hugging our dogs goodbye, on that easy 20-minute drive to the airport. it dawned on me that the next time we came home, the kids would be married. MARRIED! i totally felt the tears coming on and made myself think about other stuff to keep from making a fool of myself.
at the airport, it was a fairly short wait to get our bags checked in. and yes, i sure did use one of the luggage tags that i'd made for the shower:
it turned out that there were quite a few of us on this flight - the old lady's bestie/officiant and her boyfriend were there, as well as the fiance's mom, sister and nieces. and with this being a very special occasion, the hub had booked the five of us in first class, along with the handful of his friends who were coming as well. we practically took up the entire first class section, which was bound to make for an entertaining flight.
we found out the hard way that we should have split up to get in the line for covid-clearance wristbands first, because that line ended up being at least twice as long as the one to check in. oy.
the line moved pretty slowly with only one person working the desk, but we got through it and made our way upstairs, where we breezed through security thanks to TSA precheck. and while we got in line to order some breakfast, the hub headed straight to the gate to find his friends and ended up boarding the plane with them. i think he may even have had a couple of mai tais before we even set foot on the plane.