Flying to Phoenix

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Dare I say it, traveling this Christmas was easy! All of my flights were on time, no lost luggage, and no crazy-long security lines. I do realize I’m jinxing myself for all Christmas travel in the future!

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The flight into Phoenix was easy. After work, I  hopped on a non-stop flight on American Airlines that went smoothly. My mom and brother flew into a neighboring airport 30 minutes before me but their luggage was so slow I had to camp out at PHX for an hour waiting for my sister to pick them up first. I found an open Starbucks and ordered the Very Berry Hibiscus refresher to pass the time on their free WIFI.

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I slept on an air mattress at my sister’s house which always turns into a fun bouncy toy for the kids. We took a few selfies in between bouncing on the air mattress the next morning.

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Bouncing on the air mattress is probably not the best idea for the longevity of the air mattress but it was fun.

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Desert Donuts is always our first stop of the day. We had a few Christmas presents left to buy for each other and the only way to face holiday shopping head on is with a belly full of donuts.

My niece ordered the blue Frozen donut of course.

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And I got crazy and ordered the Jamaican Me Crazy donut with banana frosting, cinnamon and sugar, topped with hot sauce. Strange but delicious!

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Over my many trips to Phoenix over the past 5 years, I’ve never seen it rain. Basically, it rained all day. Roads were closed, basins were flooded, it was a mess. But the Christmas shopping was finished.

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Eventually that evening we wandered back out into the rain and headed to a local restaurant, Connolly’s, since driving was difficult with so many closed roads. It wasn’t anything too fancy but it hit the spot.

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My sister’s burger and kaleslaw won for best order this dinner.

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The rest of the night was spent watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and a cartoon version of Elf with some wine and milk. A good time was had by all.

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Reader Question: Wine or milk?

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