Our weekend commenced when the alarm

sounded at 0430 on Friday morning.

We quickly bundled ourselves into the car for the hour or so drive to Melbourne Airport.   Not much traffic that time of day an easy drive.  Check in, get rid of baggage hand have some breakfast before our 0850 flight. 

That WAS the idea/plan at least. 

Little did I know, when booking tickets, that Daughter-In-Law had her passport in her maiden name.  So when her passport was being rejected by a machine we could not work out why until Number 2 Son had a look over her shoulder.  They had this paper work for several weeks mind you. 

Time is ticking by. 

MGW could not proceed any further because the bloke who took our booking put Number 2 Son and Yours Truly on one booking along with luggage. 

Remember that piece of information! 

And MGW and Daughter-In-Law sans luggage on another booking.  There was a price differential. 

So while I stood guard over suitcases and laptops etc. off go all three to see if the can rectify this matter of an incorrect name on a ticket.  Which they did, at a cost of $130. 

By this time the clocks are showing around 0720 and we have a flight at 0850. 

Number 2 Son arrives back with some McDonald’s which was gulped down, no coffee, no tea, no liquid of any sort to start the day. 

MGW and Daughter-in-law have fronted up been asked if they have luggage and replied in the affirmative.  “It’s not on the ticket.  You will have to pay $130 per suitcase” (of which there were two) they were told.

We had booked with Virgin Australia, however, Air New Zealand was the operating the flight so Number 2 Son and I approached an Air New Zealand worker.  And explained what had/was happening.  “No worries!  I’ll fix it” and he did and we saved $260. 

Still no coffee! 

By this stage getting on the plane was our priority.  Coffee did not arrive until around 1000.  Both Son and I likened it to nectar from the Gods and begged for seconds.  However it was just airline coffee second time round!!

Life did begin to look better.  We had a safe flight.  We were met by daughter-in-law to be and taken to our accommodation with about half an hour to spare before we had to partake in a ‘meet the family’ dinner… which was excellent.  The wedding reception is to be at the same venue so it was kind of testing the food/chef as well. 

The effort was well worth it.  On Saturday night at the engagement party we met many of Number 1 Son’s future extended family.  We will not be strangers at the wedding now.

Brunch with our boys and girls this morning and then we were back at Auckland Airport boarding our Air New Zealand plane again by 1530 this afternoon and nearly four hours later back on home soil around 1730.  A busy weekend.

And with the clock now approaching mid-night (Sunday) it may be prudent to turn in and rest.