a girl cousin sleepover

It is the final day of 2020. We made it! In one way or another we are here for it. I doubt I'll stay up to kick this year to the curb because I enjoy sleep too much but... another year over!

But I'm still recounting the last few weeks of December over here so for me it'll still be 2020 for a bit haha! My sister had the girls over for a sleepover one Saturday this month and she just did all the fun things! Cookie decorating and movie watching and nail painting! Letty had the best time hanging out with her cousins and her aunt like that! Fun aunt!

sugar cookie day!

I know that making so many dozens of cookies and freezing them doesn't make a lot of sense when one isn't entertaining or going anywhere but I am not one to break traditions and this has been the year of that...... so. I made sugar cookies. I made icing. And we decorated the heck out of those Christmas ornaments.... I always love doing cookies with icing! And Letty and I had matching leggings! Such a fan!

And if anyone needs any cookies lemme know...

cousins who sled

The day after all the snow fell we packed up and headed to grandmother's house to sled. Because she has some good hills.... All the cousins joined and they sled the day away before some hot chocolate! That Nonna, she sure loves to spoil her grandbabies! Love these days with cousins! I really never had cousins close by (my closest was an hour away, I see you Joel) so for my kids to have all these cousins  around which I imagine will be their best friends forever just makes me so happy!

a snow day! the first of the year!

Well let me clarify. It was a virtual at-home learning day. The snow was to start in the middle of the day and rather than have an early dismissal they chose a more casual virtual day. Which is fine. We are all fine. We shall survive. But after they finished all their work we went through the ordeal of donning all the clothes and boots and out. we. went! Sledding when we could and just being outside as much as possible!

painting at aunt beth's

She says she isn't the fun aunt, but she so is! She had us over for dinner the other day and had ornaments all ready to go for the kids to paint... So so festive! And I love Tenley and the facial expression she gives me so there you have it. She also wore an outfit Letty and David and Lena and Harrison have all worn which I am sure you know gives me such feelings! A post about a normal Monday evening but all festive... Plus the ornaments turned out so great!

the moments in between...

Ah in the middle of the holiday season there is just so much going on! And I kind of love it! I love checking things off my list and getting it done and not missing a thing! So in between all of the "big" things this month there has been....

Days of virtual learning. Lots of Zoom alarms and as much outdoor play as I can encourage. We had planned a trip earlier this month to Philly to the Franklin Institute with a bunch (21) of our friends to recreate the girl's missed field trip last year but of course things shut down so... refunds were issued. Which I am still very salty about. Letty had a field hockey game or two before all sports were shut down... I entertained myself by having The Child sit in on a Zoom or two... not sure if the teachers were as amused as I....We all celebrated Pop's birthday! Letty has been working on her guitar and writing down notes and practicing and it is amazing to witness. My nails got all festive. I have been working in the school as much as I can and watching Dom Dom walk down the big empty halls in the morning just gives me all the feels! I got a final lunch in with my girls before the shutdown happened and got the sweetest personalized mug ever! A bunch of the hockey girls got together and scrimmaged against the moms outside on the turf and I'm pretty sure every mom was feeling it the next day. Good sky! That little devil kitty of ours really gave us a scare and I was fairly certain it was the end for her but apparently I am over dramatic and she just ate something she shouldn't have. Shocker there... Lots of Christmas lights... More virtual learning and then matching pajamas! We are going to get through this people. I just know it.


dom's actual birthday

Dom's actual birthday fell on a Tuesday. We woke the kids up early so that Dom could open his gifts and play with them a little before school. He loves his Imaginext! I had to work that day so I spoke with his teacher and over my lunch break I got to go into his classroom (a first for me) and help with the holiday craft which made. my. day. After school he informed me he wanted to go to Amos Herr park even though it was freezing out so we did just that.... Then we drove up to Hershey to go through Sweet Lights! And then we got him and David McDonald's and Panera for the rest of us before driving home. It wasn't what it should have been but I think he was a very happy six year old at the end of the day. Oh and of course because it is his birthday he sleeps in our bed which as you can see worked out great. For Matt....

ornament painting!

The kids had a half day at school a few weeks back and as I tend to do I need to fill those extra hours with all the fun things! A friend had mentioned painting ceramic ornaments and I thought well that is absolutely ideal! Isn't it ideal?! But first, lunch! We hit up Isaac's as it was on the way to the pottery place. Letty picked a coffee mug, David a Santa puppy, Dom The Child (of course) and I chose a truck with a Christmas tree on top. Smarter things I have done! We kept our masks on other thank a photo or two and they don't let you touch anything. You want another paint color? They will distribute. We painted away and then a week later I went back to pick them up. Wala!

gingerbread house day

Plus ornaments! Have free day must Christmas it on up! We typically do our gingerbread houses with our old neighbors but do I even need to say it?? So it was just us... We got these already made kits (shhh don't tell Steph) and the Christmas music was on and the candy was out! It was time to gingerbread house! Except that first I wanted to make these ornaments I had seen on Instagram but they really did not turn out like the post I saw... Apparently watercolor absorbs into polymer clay so we had to resort to acrylic.... but anyway! The gingerbread houses were a great success if I say so! And the kids ate allll the candies in all the land!

when we celebrate dominic

Two weekends ago we got together with our immediate family to celebrate our littlest man turning six. Having a winter birthday really is the pits! No pool and soooo close to Christmas! But we try to make it fun just the same! Like opening all the doors and windows on the first floor to increase airflow and then also having to turn up the heat to compensate. Good times COVID... Good. Times. 

He chose as his theme this year, Legos. Which incidentally, was the same theme as last year. He likes what he likes. And he has only been planning this since June. We had chips and appetizers while his birthday dvd played in the background and the kids played.... Dinner was spaghetti and meatballs and then it was gift time! Fun and exciting for the young and old alike! This kid is spoiled absolutely rotten the month of December it is insanity! And yes, he sleeps in that Child hat. Then we sang and had cake and wrapped up a  night of fun! With balloons!

another day in candylane!

It is such a rare thing for me to have free weekend nights in the month of December.... but of course this year everything is different. When one has a free night one must do something festive and so all of my nieces and my nephew (and assorted parents/Nonna) headed up to Hersheypark once more! We visited with Santa again quickly even though it is quite depressing to see him up there in his mask... We went on a bunch of rides, none that made us cry thankfully! And we had to wander through Tree Ville since it wasn't open the last time we were there. We stayed pretty late for us and of course had to hit up Wendy's on the way home.... cold but exhausted from all the fun!

It's no Disney or anything, but I'm glad we can do something normal this year, and you know what? The masks are actually kinda great with the cold...

doing those christmas thangs...

I'm just working through my list of all the Christmas activities one day at a time! This day we read The Christmas Story, made a grateful paper train and some snicker doodles, watched another Christmas movie, had hot chocolate and drove around to look at Christmas lights! Nothing crazy! Oh! And made those paper bag snowflakes that are all over Instagram and I am obsessed with them!

taking twisted sisters by storm!

My friend owns a shop. It isn't right around the corner or anything, it's about an hour from here. But her ice cream is always worth the drive. If you are near Orwigsburg check it out, Twisted Sisters! She recently expanded her store to also include candies and chocolates so of course we had to make a drive up there to just buy all the things! But first! There was our town's Santa parade! Which was basically a bunch of cop cars and fire engines and on one of them Santa and friends waved to us which I shall take in these crazy times!

who dominic is at six

Hard to believe my baby is six.... which is probably how I have started every birthday post since 2015. But it is still a fact that time marches on and that on this day my little bouncing baby boy is now six. So who this six year old?

a festive day with the fetters

I met someone like me. Oh say... five years ago? She loves all the things. Doing all the things. Keeping busy. Going on adventures. And! Christmas! So while this Christmas is quite weird she got it in her head to make it as normal as she could. Don't we all wish the same? And as I already had them a few days while we were virtually learning what is another day? A day with all the festive things. Dressing up! Gingerbread men decorating! A fancy dinner! Hot chocolate! A movie! Popcorn! Christmas pajamas! We packed the night full of fun because as the saying goes.... what shall tomorrow  bring?

a night at candylane

I love when Hersheypark is all decked out in it's Christmas finery! I love the lights and the music! I don't even care if we don't get on any rides, I just love the festiveness. We did get on rides the night we went though because the crowds were slim, the masks were donned, the lights were lit! It was happening! I pretty much wanted to see Santa right away. Gotta make sure we get in there to see the Big Man! It was a little different this year as is everything these days.... he was up on a stage in a sleigh and wearing a mask.... but we saw him! Then we also had to go and visit with his reindeer... All with not any real lines. The rest of the night was all about rides and then it was all about the lights! Almost all of us hopped on the ferris wheel for the first time in forever and I have never loathed a ride more! What I wasn't expecting was Letty and David's tears. I mean yeah maybe David. But Letty? They were petrified. As am I.  Ugh it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Never again!

I sure hope to get back there again before the season ends, but who knows! Just no ferris wheel.

little bits of life lately....

The moments in between, as it were. With a side eye from Dominic.

We have been virtually learning.... and a few days doing so with friends! Still hating working out from home and the zillion interruptions that occur during a 55 minute BodyPump class. We got all new bedding to try and recreate the lovely bedding Disney hotels have.... Letty and my mom and I painted 80 pieces of wood for the school's holiday craft day... Last year's matching Christmas pajamas making a few more final wearings. The Child has a permanent spot in our kitchen watching the proceedings... Olsen Thanksgiving at our house where I basically put my phone down and walked away, shockingly! And a sweet little surprise from a friend! 

What have you all been up to?

our covid thanksgiving

I never would have thought eight months ago that this pandemic shit would still be going on. And while our lives feel much more "normal" than they were in March things are still so not normal. Thanksgiving is usually a time where my aunts and uncles and cousins come down from New York. Every. Single. Year. This year obviously was a no go. And while Thanksgiving isn't a real favorite day of mine it still made me sad. I love my traditions! We were lucky though, because we had our little Disney quarantine bubble and so were still able to see family. Plus my brother and his girls (all three of them). I shouldn't complain one bit. But I do, because that is who I am.

So Thanksgiving, COVID style.... We ate the foods. All the foods. Well not me because this meal is one of my least favorites ever.... But everyone else did. We made a festive apple cider cocktail and Matt made his cold cut bread.... We let the kids run around outside because thankfully it was a gorgeous day.... they did their Christmas craft courtesy of Nonna (because who knows what tomorrow will bring!). And we watched Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving, a first for me strangely enough! Plus all the desserts then! Our elf, Cornelius, arrived as he typically does.... and while Matt and I are so over him the kids love him so much and couldn't wait for him to come! We debated informing them that he can't come because of COVID but COVID has screwed up so much for them that we didn't have the heart. He always brings matching Christmas pajamas too which ironically enough their cousins (who do not have an elf) also have! Matching pajamas forever and ever! 

So it wasn't like year's past, but it was still good. We got to be with family, thankfully. Who are all healthy, thankfully. And eat good foods, thankfully... What about you all? You made it through ok?

a day of at-home festive fun

We returned to Pennsylvania to face a forced two week quarantine annnnnd virtual learning for the kids. It just all happened that way that our governor locked the stuff down and the schools chose virtual until after Thanksgiving... So enter my new motto: who knows what tomorrow shall bring? So, when given a free day, I decided to do as much festive stuff with the kids as I could. We wrote letters to Santa, made reindeer food for our cousins and ourselves, and started a few Christmas cookies. We did the almond ones and of course buckeye balls. All while listening to Christmas music before watching Christmas movies. All the things people, all the things!

a day at animal kingdom

Animal Kingdom was our final full day at Walt Disney World. Such sweet sorrow! This park also has the shortest open hours of them all. So we got there right as it opened, which I have learned is an hour prior to the listed start time... And we were greeted by a rainbow! I really wanted to try and get on Flight of Passage so the kids and I along with my sister and her husband and Lena took off at a speed walk to get there. It. Was. Walk. On. I was shocked. The ride was just so so sooo good! Another bucket list Disney ride crossed off my list to be sure. By the time we exited the ride the line was already well over a half hour long so we moved on to the River Journey. Then it was more Starbs... monkeys, Everest for the first timers which they just so loved, the Kilamanjaro Safari, The Triceratops ride, then DinoSAUR which I was pretty excited to scare David by bringing him on.... Tough to be a Bug (David also hated this). We sat in the Relaxation Station a few times maskless and watched the boat cavalcades go by... Minnie and Mickey, Santa, and Pocahontas. We took this train way out to Rafikis watch or some such place and the kids got to pet goats.... something new and different... It was raining or drizzling off and on all day which was a bummer but I took it as a sign that Disney didn't want us to leave just as much as we didn't want to go. We rode the Safari again before our dinner which was at Yak and Yeti, another first! Just so good. 

We left after dinner and got the kids ice cream and their flattened pennies and then did a final stroll around the Boardwalk before bed. Just so forlorn, leaving Disney. I hate it! I know this whole experience was different than normal, but what is normal these days? The masks were annoying but we got used to them very quickly and half the time the kids didn't even remember to take them off! There was still so much Disney Magic that I would highly recommend going! Short lines, less crowds, still so amazing! And so clean. 

And of course! Thank you so very much to my parents for as always wishing to make amazing memories with us and with our kids. We love you so much and appreciate you! 

back at magic kingdom

Magic Kingdom a second time around and we really just took it so much slower.! We didn't have an agenda other than get our butts on Pirates of the Caribbean. We got coffee upon arrival and then rode Thunder Mountain Railroad, as Pirates was down. We watched the Philharmagic before Pirates finally opened up.  Letty and I got matching Minnie ears... Dom got the Mandalorian ship, David a shoulder buddy Porg? And we bought an Olsen Family The Child. He is pretty much a favorite of us all and Dom thinks he belongs to him but no! Family. Child. All the souvenirs! Then it was just a matter of what rides do we want and just walking right on them... Dumbo, Barnstormer, the Speedway, Space Mountain, Little Mermaid, the Buzz ride, the Magic Carpets and Haunted Mansion, etc. All before our very early dinner which was..... (drum roll please) at Be Our Guest!!! This was a first for us, ever and we were just so excited! I've heard such wonderful things about it and was sooooo not disappointed! The Beast comes out and says hello a few times... the ballroom is just gorgeous... the food was delicious, yes we ate the gray stuff and it was delicious, the wine was made specially just for Be Our Guest and the kids got to paint a white chocolate Chip! I mean.... perfect. All around. Loved. 

After dinner we were once more just so shot and so we just said our slow farewells to the castle and Main Street before heading back to our hotel once more. I hate hate hate goodbyes! Especially at Disney!

a day at hollywood studios

This is another park we can walk to from The Yacht Club (see why we choose to stay there?). This park also we had heard had the highest wait times because of the lack of shows and just general attractions. So we had a plan. That plan being that I had to get me and mine on Rise of Resistance. It was a must. I knew a little of the process but my sister did most of the research for me.... At 7 a.m. on the dot you can join your virtual boarding group from anywhere, not just at the park. So that was huge for me. Also she had read you should shut down all apps, get off Disney wifi, restart your phone, and just keep refreshing the several seconds before the clock hits 7:00 a.m. Don't even read the screens just keep hitting join (I think I did it like three times?). So it was the most stressful 10 or 20 seconds of my life but we got in! Boarding group number 44! I needed a drink after that pressure!

So then we could relax until it was time to walk over to get in line for Mickey's Runaway Railroad, another attraction that we wanted to hit but knew had to be done first thing unless we wanted to wait, which we don't, because we got spoiled this trip. The line was incredibly short and we got on well before the park even opened. So there's that. Then we headed to Toy Story Land only to be told Slinky Dog was down and would be for quite some time. So we did the other two rides there that were working, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger and the Swirling Saucers. By the time we were done with them Slinky was up and running and thankfully my sister had already hopped in that line so we joined her without having to wait long at all. So pretty much, the most successful morning ever. 

Then we ate foods. And then we got to go to Galaxy's Edge. And I just cannot put into words how cool this was for us. If you are a Star Wars fan you just need to get yourself there. It is themed to the very max and it really truly feels like you are on another world. Our boarding group was called around one and we just walked right on in there. My sister stayed out with Harrison and Tenley so we scanned a few of our Magic Bands for her to use as a parent swap thing and off we went! This ride is an 18 minute experience. You board a ship as part of the resistance only to be taken hostage by the First Order... and then they interrogate you.... and then you get rescued by the resistance and then you have to escape the ship. I mean I can't. I am not doing it justice. Just know it was amazing. When we got off my sister told us to just use the bands for a second ride since she doesn't care for Star Wars so I took Dom and Letty again, as they are the biggest Star Wars fans in the house. It was just as amazing the second time through. We didn't get to do Smuggler's Run only because the line was like a half hour and it was very crowded and we were the only ones really in to it... so that was a bummer but we still walked around the Millennium Falcon and so on before heading over to Tower of Terror. On the way we saw a cavalcade with Mickey and Minnie... I love these things! The crowds are basically nonexistent so the characters wave at you individually and even comment on like your sweatshirt or your shirt or just thanking us for coming.... it really is cool. 

Lena and Dom nailed the Tower of Terror, of course. And Pop got them their first timer t-shirts too! Then we went to the Frozen sing-a-long. It was our first show of the trip. They have every other row blocked off and then seats in groups of four with seats blocked off in between. The show itself was the same as normal holiday years except that the performers definitely stayed six feet away and there were quite a few comments about keeping masks on.... from the performers. And the final song is something along the lines of if we're together that's my favorite place to be and so on and it just  made me feel so sad for the coming holidays.... because we sure would love to all be together but sadly, we cannot. Thankfully the corny jokes of the show brushed off any of my sadness.... 

We had a character dining experience set up for this night at Hollywood and Vine! The food was served family style and wow was there a lot of food! We had to split into two groups and this night we were an hour apart which stunk. We got to see Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy quite a few times during the meal!

After dinner I headed to the front of the park to leave to go see my Floridian friend from college, Kerri. I took the bus over to meet her at Coronado Springs to go to the top of the new tower there and have drinks at The Dahlia Lounge with her and her friend. While I did this Matt and the kids wandered back to Galaxy's Edge to see it at night. Any of those photos Letty took for me with Matt's phone. 

The night with Kerri was too short and it's been too long but it was so good to see her face and catch up!

back at epcot

Oh my most favorite of parks! How I love thee! And Christmas decor was added since Monday! The best! We wanted to make sure we got the kids on the Frozen ride so we went there right as it opened, which was later than most parks, only opening up technically at 11. We got in by ten though and got in line for the ride. We passed the little mini Anna and Elsa parade on our way to Soarin. Oh that ride! I just love it so! We then decided that we were there during the Food and Wine Festival so we should really take advantage of all the delicious food and drinks, something we haven't done here before. Shame on us right! So we got all the things!! Letty and Matt and I tried a bunch of fun things, the boys sticking with their normal chicken tenders and fries and pizza, respectively. We rode Test Track twice because it is such a fun ride, and a first again for Lena and Dom...We had dinner at Coral Reef which we haven't done in awhile. Of course we had to ride the Nemo ride again because when they sing "It's a big blue world" I get a bit teary eyed. Each. And. Every. Time. Theeeen it was another Spaceship Earth ride and then some more Soarin before walking back to our hotel for some matching cousin jams and some popcorn.

I really hated saying goodbye to Epcot this night... Normally we just pop in and out of this park several times during the week because of the park hopper and because we are usually within walking distance... so this stung a bit. I think that was the hardest part for me, being here during the pandemic, the lack of park hopper. So I guess if that is the worst then I consider myself extremely lucky!

a day at magic kingdom

I always love me a good Floridian sunrise! I usually see them by myself on my daily run but because masks are required I made the executive decision to take the week off of running. It was a hard pill to swallow but I still walked almost 20,000 steps a day so it wasn't that much of a stretch. We wanted to be at the bus line early because of having such a large party and COVID restrictions we didn't know how that would all work out. They have partitions in the bus between seats of two but they let us just take over the entire back of the bus. So it wasn't an issue getting on any buses the entire trip. They also had the emergency exit on the ceiling open to promote airflow... Which made for a chilly morning ride!

Magic Kingdom was the place to go to today! We had to reserve which park we wanted to go to in advance and there was no park hopper option so we really had to commit! Magic Kingdom had herself all decked out for Christmas and I was here for it! We got there about an hour earlier than their posted opening time because we had a mission: Seven Dwarves Mine Train. As there are no Fastpasses we really wanted to make sure to get on this right away because the wait times were consistently the longest. Like, over an hour. Not the best for those with little legs. And we made it! 

From then on we just popped from ride to ride... wait times were really great, either completely walk-on or ten minutes or so. The lines themselves look ridiculously long because they have markings on the ground to stay six feet apart. So it could look like it'll take forever but basically you're just walking the entire time. They have dividers up in parts of the queue where there are switch backs too. We did Peter Pan, Small World, Dumbo, Barnstormers, Space Mountain (a first for Dom and Lena and they nailed it!), Carousel of Progress, Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, I mean I'm telling you we were just doing all the rides! We found benches heading into Liberty Square for a bit of a break and from there were able to see a few of Magic Kingdom's cavalcades... Santa and his reindeer and Mickey and the list goes on! We did Haunted Mansion, the Magic Carpets and walked through the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House before dinner which was at the Jungle Navigation Company. Which is a total favorite of mine now! The food was so good and the jokes were so corny! After dinner we stuck around to see a few of the Christmas projections on the castle. They don't have fireworks during the pandemic but they do this instead! They changed every fifteen minutes so we saw a few before heading home for the day. On our way out we were very pleased to see all the characters hanging out above the exit! And in all their Christmas finery! Main Street is always a fav but Main Street at Christmastime? The very best!

We ended our night with a popcorn and pajama party in our room, as we did every night!

a day at epcot

After taking the Disney Magical Express to our hotel, The Yacht Club, we were able to go straight to our room. No check-in process needed. A lot of things were, in my opinion, changed for the better because of the pandemic. Things were more automated and less interaction with people was more common. So we checked in on our phones, got a text when the room was ready, and our Magic Bands opened the door right on up. We ditched our bags and then our strollers were delivered. We used Orlando Stroller Rental. They deliver right to your hotel and give you a stroller rain cover and a free cooler. I know our kids are too big for strollers but we have a Dominic so we thought better safe than sorry and it is kind of nice to have a "home base" as it were for all our stuff. Water bottles, sweatshirts, ponchos, etc. Then we started the short walk over to Epcot. We all got our temperatures taken (I did check everyone at the hotel each morning just in case, because they will send the entire party away if one of you have a fever) and went through security and scanned our Magic Bands to enter. No more fingerprint scanner, just fyi, another thing I was happy to see go. There are hand sanitizers literally everywhere and I'm pretty sure we used every single one we passed. Never pass a potty or a sanny!

We started walking around the World Showcase and stopped quick for some lunch. All quick-service dining that we encountered we could order online and they would alert you when it was ready. They are very strict about masks at Disney so unless you are stationary and actively eating or drinking it has to cover your nose and mouth. So we sat down to eat in America and as we did so we saw the little passing cavalcades! Anna and Elsa and Mickey and Minnie and friends! Within an hour of entering we had seen them already! I think we saw more characters this trip than in any other trip we have taken. No hugging or autographs sure, but still! 

We continued around the World, stopping in Mexico for a margarita after riding the Three Caballeros which is such a favorite of my kids! Then we did Soarin and Finding Nemo, and of course Spaceship Earth. We had dining reservations at the Trattoria at the Boardwalk so we had to leave the park anyway for that. The kids wanted to swim before dinner, which is incidentally, the only time you're able to have your mask off while on Disney property (unless you're in your room). We had a bit of a scheduling issue where dining was concerned. They didn't allow for our party size of twelve to sit together. So between that and COVID restrictions we had staggered reservation times and we were split up. Not ideal, but in no means a deal breaker. We were all so shot after dinner so we just headed back to the room to relax and go to bed early in prep for another big day tomorrow!

we took a trip! during a pandemic.

Which sounds ridiculous, I get it... but it was actually pretty normal! And I mean, it is Disney we are talking about here. They just do things right. We weighed our options over and over again for the past eight months trying to figure out what was the right thing to do.... and we followed along with Disney's reopening journey and decided that we would just do it! Make it happen! Make those memories! See the Disney Magic, etc! And I have zero regrets. The entire experience went amazingly and surprisingly well.

First up, getting there! We typically drive and when this trip was booked over a year ago the plan was to do the same... Us Olsens had debating flying down early at one point but then: COVID happened and everything changed of course. So drive or fly? We decided the less gas stations and take out food and hotels the better, and so we turned to flying. Southwest has a policy where if you aren't with a member of your party the middle seat must be left open, so as a family of five that was a perk to us. No strangers in our row thank you! We left my parent's house at 3 am.... So early! Everyone wore their masks in the van on the way down, throughout check-in and security, etc. I saw no one disobeying. We had a quick breakfast once checked-in and then we boarded our flight. Again, no one took their mask off that I saw. And just like that two hours later we were back on the ground and it was warm and there were palm trees! I mean, isn't that quite the deal? Maybe flying isn't so bad after all....