|It took us about 11 tries but I finally got a picture with both of us in it. Nikki's arms-length photography is about a million times better than mine. As you shall see.|
I kidnapped Nikki and brought her to my house so we could do her nails. I've recently discovered, and become totally converted to, nail stickers. (Aaron's response to this: "Fashion is so weird."). I did mine the night before and got some for Nikki as well.
If ever there was a time for fancy nails, a girls trip to Paris is it.
|Me: Robin's egg. Nikki: glitter gradient|
Manicure accomplished, I took Nikki over to my parents' house. As my mom, dad, brother, sister and I sat chatting, I realized something. "Hey...this is the first time it's been just the five of us in...a really long time." We decided it's probably been over 8 years since it's been just the original Petersons. We adore the spouses and children that the years have brought us, but there was something sweet about being with just us five for an hour or two.
|Grainy commemorative photograph|
I mentioned before that flying standby with mom can be a bid of a rodeo and Thursday was no exception. Our flight from Phoenix to Charlotte filled up at the last minute so we hopped on a plane to Dallas/Forth Worth instead and THEN to Charlotte.
|Layover at DFW. One leg down!|
|On one of the legs. Couldn't even begin to guess which one. I was in the middle seat for all of them.|
After a quick layover in Charlotte, we boarded our flight to Paris. It was all kinds of fancy. We got super lucky and were able to upgrade to Envoy class. We were probably the most annoyingly picture-happy and loudly excited people ever. I'm actually a really nervous flier (woke up panicking in the night for weeks before this trip. Thought about canceling more than once) but with so much space I didn't feel claustrophobic or super panicky. I had a few heart-racing moments upon take-off but otherwise I was totally fine.
Looks like all I need is tons of money so I can fly first class all the time and I'll be just fine!
|Leg room! And a tv! And a reclining seat!|
|Oh, you know, just chillin'|
|A little pano of my seat. Click to embiggen.|
|This was the appetizer. THE APPETIZER. It wasn't half bad.|
|A little early morning reading.|
|Don't you kind of want to backstroke through this?|
|Good morning! Only 50 minutes until landing!!|
And then...we landed in PARIS!!
(more obnoxiously loud and excited tourist noises ensued)
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