So as you know, we didn’t make it home to Kansas City for the first night of Hanukkah as planned. Although this made me sad at first, it ended up being very nice because the kids got to see their NJ cousins again AND two of my nephews flew in from Israel that day and otherwise we would have missed them!
We ate and the kids opened their first presents and the next morning (after getting lunch to go from Sammy’s Bagels) we were off to the airport. My nephew came along for the ride and it was great to get to talk to him. For those who have been asking, traveling with kids was not near as stressful as I had feared. Firstly, much to my relief, there are no new x-ray scanners at Continental in Kansas City, and they are only in Terminal B in Newark, so we avoided them both ways. The kids are good travelers and were very well behaved on both legs of the trip. On the way home, we even were able to grab an extra seat for Simon’s carseat, where he sat during take off, but then I held him the rest of the way anyway. The flights were smooth even in the baby planes they fly on that route, and overall, everyone was happy.