I'm really thinking National Lampoon's European Vacation at the moment really, since we are taking all but the littlest kid (who is 4) with us... you know, a 10, 9 and 7 yr old - not the most romantic vacation you can plan. Just in case you miss me - we'll be back in 2 weeks! We're starting in Barcelona, then taking a week cruise around Italy and ending up in Paris (and Euro Disney if the kids are good - bribery will get you everywhere!) Plane tickets to Europe: $3000 Cruise around Italy $5000 Fussing at the kids for getting bored in yet ANOTHER cathedral or museum... priceless! At least the chickens will be in good hands - my MIL, who grew up on a dairy farm and had 1000s of layers to take care of will be attending our little flock. See ya in a ccouple weeks! Susan EDIT: Oh, and say a little prayer for me that I can get on that plane - this will be the first time I've been away from my little one more than one night since he was born. I do think he'll have more fun staying with a friend of the family who has kids and is taking him to the zoo and ChuckECheese than going with us on that long plane ride to places that will just bore him... I'm sure going to miss my little monkey though!