Holiday Hiatus, part two

Well, another holiday season has come and gone.

(Mostly. I know New Year’s Eve is just a few hours away, but that’s pretty much just another day on the calendar, now that I’ve got a kid. If I get particularly lucky, at midnight I will be watching the back of my eyelids, not the ball dropping in Times Square.)

So cute, he doesn't need to be in focus!
So cute, he doesn’t need to be in focus!

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. Ours was a lot of fun. Nolan actually helped unwrap a few of the presents this year (when we could get him to sit still enough to tear at the paper).

Building block enthusiasm won the day. He liked those canvas cubes from mom and dad (photos on Instagram), but the big Lego-like Mega Bloks caught his attention more than anything else this week.

It was a great trip back to North Carolina. 60F and up most days. Such family. Many food. We spent every minute we could soaking up the sunshine. Good thing, too, since it was 14F when we flew back north.

And now, without further ado, here’s a glimpse of our trip!

This pretty much sums up the experience of flying at Christmas.
This pretty much sums up our experience with flying this Christmas.

Getting to Raleigh was the culmination of a comedy of errors, which included missing the first flight, a stomach bug and/or food poisoning, and a sprained ankle.

We’re all fine now. But it was definitely an adventure.

Piece of cake, once we finally got in the air!
Piece of cake, once we finally got in the air!

You may have noticed, these photos are only of us. I have pictures of family, of course, but I have solemnly sworn to obtain permission before I post pics of anybody else.

After the Christmas Eve service at Englewood Baptist Church.
After the Christmas Eve service. Bet you can guess who LOVED the singing.

We attended the Christmas Eve service at Englewood Baptist Church. They had the most beautiful Christmas trees in the lobby! And Pastor Cloer is as gifted a speaker as ever.

Making friends with the locals.
Making friends with the locals.

Nolan was definitely a hit with his cousin-pups, Chomper and Chipper.

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

Christmas morning started off right with a proper round of jumping on Grandma’s bed. (More on that later!)

Christmas dinner at Aunt Yvonne's. They had the coolest kid furniture!
Christmas dinner at Aunt Yvonne’s. They had the coolest kid furniture!

Best part of Christmas dinner was Uncle Calvin turning on the NASCAR race. Guess who thought he was watching deleted scenes from Cars?

He bounced for a good fifteen minutes over this, to the delight of all.
He bounced for a good fifteen minutes over this, to the delight of all.

Poor kiddo did seem to get overwhelmed pretty frequently this trip. Though mom and dad were always in sight, he stressed out quickly and got upset easily. He traveled well enough, so I’m guessing it was just unfamiliar territory.

It helped a lot that we took him outside every chance we got.
It helped a lot that we took him outside every chance we got.

Mom here is working on putting together a picture book of family faces. Hopefully by our next visit, it won’t be quite so overwhelming for him!

Seriously, mom?
Seriously, mom?

The ride home was mercifully uneventful. We’ll have more to report later in the week, maybe with some more Christmas photos. For now, I’ll leave you something special… a selfie to show off my Christmas present!

Merry Christmas to me!
Merry Christmas to me!

Happy New Year, everybody!

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