Christmas in Gastonia

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Since December got off to such a rocky start, we decided we deserved a treat to kick off Christmas. The airline offered us an upgrade into first class on our flight out to North Carolina and while it still cost a pretty penny, we wanted to see how the other half lived. The answer? Ohhh sooo good. Our checked baggage was included in the upgrade and although there was absolutely no line at check-in or security, you bet your sweet bottom line we marched ourselves down the “priority” lanes anyways. Our original seats were not even together but now we were all together in one row. One big cushy row. Where the flight attendants constantly brought food and drinks. On real plates. And not only did we get off the plane right away, ALL of our bags showed up on the carousel first AND together. Many firsts on this trip.

First class all the way, baby

First class all the way, baby

The rest of the visit was fairly relaxing, especially for me since I had so many extra hands and babysitters available! Aunts, uncles, cousins, a Babcie and a Dziadzie were in full force and the kids were always covered. Maxon was reunited with the cuckoo clock (questionable time-telling by this particular bird though) and Cooper was in crawling heaven with the sheer square footage before him. And although the weather was a little bit cooler than in years past, we still got our outside playtime and hiking in.

Running out some energy at the playground Christmas morning

Running out some energy at the playground Christmas morning

Playing peekaboo with Aunt Jess

Playing peekaboo with Aunt Jess

At the end of a hike at McDowell Park

At the end of a hike at McDowell Park

Thanks to Babcie, we discovered that Maxon is in fact interested in arts and crafts… provided the arts and crafts are edible before and after cooking. With the help of all the cousins, they made reindeer cookies out of sugar cookies, chocolate chips, pretzels, and M&Ms all week long. Towards the end, Maxon didn’t even care about the finished product as long as he got to nibble on the accessories during production. It looks like I can stop pushing the paint and Play-Doh and focus on activities that require “cooking”!

Making reindeer cookies

Making reindeer cookies

We also discovered that Cooper is quickly losing interest in baby food and would much prefer the good stuff all the big people are eating. He was introduced to pancakes and beans and put away a ridiculous amount of spaghetti during the week. Unfortunately, all the “real” food didn’t make him sleep any better while we were there. I guess you can’t win them all!

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