Yesterday, Will took Thomas and me to the airport and helped check us in. Thanks to security measures, I was solo after that. Thomas was excellent standing in line for security and they did not force him to take off his shoes (!) so the process was easy. What was not easy: trying to convince Thomas to stop riding the escalator, which I discovered was a wildly fun activity for a 3 year old, and he probably would have stayed there all day had I not cut his thrill ride experience short by taking him to the gate where I delivered on my promise of a chocolate chip cookie at the Caribou Coffee.
His little nose was pressed against the glass of the cookie case, so at least he stood still while I waited in line long enough to discover they only had peanut butter or oatmeal raisin available. What could have been a major disaster was quickly fixed when I saw a chocolate chip scone and got him a “triangle cookie” instead. Crisis averted.
Further negotiations successfully helped navigate us to our final destination, gate A6. (Let’s eat the triangle cookie at that table!!!) Then I decided I needed to go to the bathroom prior to loading the aircraft, which required a few additional bribes including “lets race to the store!” And “how about some M and Ms?” Very happy the new MYR airport (which is beautiful, by the way) has a family bathroom because the newly purchased M and Ms were spilled on the floor and managed to sprawl out to every part of the bathroom. Since we were in an enclosed, locked space, cleanup was not a big hassle and the spill helped get rid of half of the candy.
Time to board! He held my hand and patiently waited in line while singing to every other passenger, flight attendant and pilot his original song, “We’re going on an airplane, an airplane” – then, he sat right in his seat and put on his seat belt. The only part of the take off that he did not understand was keeping the window panel up – and he wanted it down, which I think sends some type of warning to the air traffic controller and it could have grounded the plane. Try explaining that to a 3 year old. Looking out of the open window and pointing out the ocean, our house, and other points of interest did distract him from the fun activity of opening and closing the window panel so we did not ground the plane. (Whew!)
We got him little headphones* with volume control (so it can’t get too loud and hurt his little ears) to plug into his travel DVD player, and he was perfectly still and sweet the entire plane ride watching Nickelodeon Lets Learn 123s. I caught up on the “News” in US Weekly.
We arrived at the Chuck Yeager Airport, he was PUMPED to see Grandaddy, and had a great day. He was given the most awesome gift ever – the John Deere Gator – which he loved, and has been learning to steer. He understood immediately pedal-to-the-metal meant GO! If you’d like to see his inaugural ride, I posted it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/3D-ffj_aCr4.
I have no doubt he will be hauling mulch and plants around the hills by the end of the week.
Then we had dinner with my family which was so much fun!!
Dad has a pond. There is a frog in it. This provides endless entertainment.
And, night night. I love this picture:
What a great kick-off to my vacation!!
I will be trying to update daily, we will see how that goes…