Well, it’s January 4th and I’m finally ready to resurface. Our trip to visit my family in Arizona the week before Christmas led the the somewhat shocking and disorienting discovery that they don’t have internet access. Seriously, there wasn’t even a Starbucks within 20 miles to seek refuge in. Oh, desert. You slay me.
I haven’t seen this half of my family since the baby was a few days old (what? wasn’t that just yesterday?). I loved getting to see my siblings. I miss them like crazy and they’re getting all tall and big like real people. It makes me feel so old. My dad was happy to see his grandson but he was more happy to watch a lot of really awful daytime tv for endless hours with the volume turned up to 11 (more like thirty-something on their tv but…you get the point), so that was that. A little disappointing and depressing, but I didn’t except much more to be honest. Between the stupid tv and the lack of internet and the middle-of-nowhereness, it was the most uneventful trip I’ve ever had. Lots of sitting around, wondering if we would get a chance to do anything besides chase the baby through a very large, very not-babyproofed house with things like stairs and razor blades and old dishes lying everywhere.
The baby handled the flights like a champ. He was a screaming mess in the airport, which scared everyone but also led to us getting the one empty seat on the way there. And then as soon as the engine started, he passed out for over an hour, and then woke up to eat snacks and watch Yo Gabba Gabba on the iphone and then act all cute and charming with the neighbors. Of course, right as the ‘fasten seatbealts’ light came on toward the end, he pooped. Like, major stinky poop. I’m sure the surrounding passengers didn’t love that part.
After we got home, we went to Cris’s family for a late Christmas celebration, then we had our own mini-Christmas the next evening, and then we spent this last weekend at mom’s for the fourth and final Christmas.
And now the holidays are over and I have a To Do list that’s a mile long, about 9,000,000,000 unread items in Reader, and all the things I was planning to have in place by the first are just starting to get worked on. But I’ve also got a Starbucks drink in hand, so let’s do this ish.