What a Week That Was!

As weeks go, outside of those we’ve spent on US soil, this one just gone has been one of the best. I’ve done little else but tell you all about Emily’s good news since we heard last weekend, and this week has been all about paperwork and finding her a flight. The flight search ended towards the end of the week with her booked on a Thomas Cook flight on the 7th of April from Manchester. She has decided to travel out in style in Premium Economy, which handily gives her 46kg of luggage allowance. Her main worry now is how on earth she’ll get it off the baggage carousel once she is in Orlando!

There a million practical considerations now coming into play around her journey and her time out there, but we have plenty of time to sort those between now and April.

Emily has finally blogged again too.

Rebecca has also played a blinder, demonstrating once again her impressive drive, determination, confidence and maturity by getting off her backside and finding a way to make best use of her talents, and some money! For those that don’t know she is studying Media Make Up and Hair at college, and part of that is how to do horror make-up. With Halloween coming up she has been advertising her skills, and has secured a whole host of bookings in the local area to make folks up on a gory fashion for their Halloween parties. She is very, very good at this.

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Seeing how much demand she had if you fancy it for next year, I’d get in touch with her now!

So having felt blessed with good fortune for most of the week, it ended on another high. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that Louise had started to apply for jobs, even though she doesn’t qualify until next April. She thought it might be a little early, but from her first application she was asked to attend an interview on Friday. She was of course very nervous, and had no idea how she had done, but just a couple of hours later she got a phone call to offer her a job!

This was a special moment. You’ll know, because I’ve moaned a lot, that this past few years have been very tough. We thought it would be, and we were right. Louise gave up a good job to take the brave step of re-training at an age I’m too polite to mention. So of course financially that hurt, but it has been tough in many other ways. There has been stress, silly shifts, lots and lots of hard work, and weeks on end when we haven’t seen Louise as she was locked away at the computer doing her latest assignment. So Friday’s news was very sweet indeed. Relief, joy, pride, excitement and then for Louise a few minutes later, fear at actually having to do the job for real.

To add extra cherries on top of our very large cake, the job she has secured is exactly the one she wanted at the local hospital where she desperately wanted to work. She will be a Recovery Nurse in the Operating Theatres and we are still both a little numb and disbelieving that this has happened. As you know, I am a professional self pitier and woe is me merchant so I am unused to dealing with such scenarios. I think I could get used to this.

So there you go, a great week in the Williams household. I am trying to squeeze every last drop of joy and enjoyment from it, as I know these weeks are rare. I mean, what else could have happened this week to make it any better? Well, of course here is where I go off into another “We’re not going to WDW” rant. I would but…


Yes, if Carlsberg made weeks, even they wouldn’t have been able to come up with this one.

To be honest with you, we’ve been thinking about next year for a little while, but until Emily’s fate was known we couldn’t make any plans as we didn’t know who would be travelling. So as soon as she was sorted, I moved quickly, as you might imagine, to make the plans into reality.

With Emily over there for a year, there is no way we could not go over there to see her. We have booked for next August, and with everyone out of school, college and university, we are able to travel a little later and not have to pay the ludicrous school holiday prices. We have only booked flights at this stage, as of course we have a long time to do everything else. We fly out on the 27th of August, and we are staying for an indulgent 18 days.

We have booked our flights with Thomas Cook, as we really wanted direct flights and Virgin continue to market to millionaires only it seems. Having paid north of £650 for indirect recently, and seen very similar prices for indirect again this year I was delighted to secure flights, including Premium Economy on the way back, for £580 each.

There is a new line up for the trip too. Returning to the cast list after a few years off, are my Mum and Dad, who are keen to see Emily of course, and for the first time, we are taking a boyfriend with us. Rebecca’s Tom will join us on the trip, making his debut as a cast member of one of these adventures.

Our plan is to get a villa, so that Emily can stay there with us as her work schedule allows, and we hope to do a night on site at Universal so that we can do the new Harry Potter stuff. Having spent all my time recently ignoring any Florida related news in a sulky protest, I now need to get up to speed on how these band things work, and this booking your Fastpasses up front malarkey too.

You shall, of course be subjected to every twist and turn of the planning and build up. It could be a long few months for us all.

I cannot promise that next week’s blog will be as chock full of joy and positivity, in fact I can probably guarantee it won’t be, as a lottery win aside I’m not sure what else could top this one.

Till the next time…..



14 thoughts on “What a Week That Was!

  1. What a fantastic week for you all Craig. So pleased for Louise getting her job. Good luck with the planning. I am hoping to go back next year with our gang.

  2. YAY! What an absolutely fantastic week for you all! And for the rest of us as we get another trippie to look forward to. 😄😄

  3. What a fab week for you all! A countdown, yay! Special congrats to Louise, I have just started the access to nursing at the ripe old age of 36 and know I have a long road of hard work ahead so great to hear from someone who has survived and achieved their goal 🙂

  4. Yeay… What an amazing week. Massive congratulations to you all for your achievements.

  5. well done to all!

    we could do with some good news and joy in our household. in short supply at the moment.

    enjoy your time in the proverbial sunshine!


  6. Congrats to Louise on getting just the job she wanted and congrats on the countdown. We haven’t booked yet but are planning on flying out on 28th or 29th August for 21 nights so will be there at the same time.

  7. What a great week! Rebecca is very talented. You fly out the day after we get married…. In Orlando! 🙂

  8. What a brilliant week for you all. Congratulations to Louise on getting her job. As a nurse for 30 years now, I am always pleased to hear of ‘newbies’ still wanting to enter into the institute that is the NHS.
    I am horribly envious of you booking for next year though. We are looking at 3 years in the future, not daring to take Emma out of school again, and with Rachel at university, we are scuppered. (we may take a cheeky trip, just Mike and I though) x

  9. …Same time as us Craig!! If you get some mad couple waving their arms furiously at you.. it’s us!!

  10. WOW! What a great week. Congrats to Louise on her job and Rebecca on her fantastic make up. We are scheduled to fly with Thomas Cook on Saturday for the first time as their prices were hundreds less than Virgin and have booked with them again for next year. Looking forward to your trippie. Will your Dad be looking for another big neb? And how exciting to have a new member (ooh err missus)! Enjoy the planning. 🙂

  11. OMG…can it get any better for you!!! What a fantastic week for the Williams household and the icing on the cake – the 18 day!!! Trip!!! And WOW…what a talent Rebecca has, she’s brilliant…Congratulaions to Louise on her successful interview and Emily’s new adventures are what dreams are made of 😀 . I cannot wait for next years trippie, made even more enticing with the added cast members…so very happy for you all xxx

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