To begin the Christmas vacation to the maternal grandparents' house, the Cupit family painlessly survived a long set of plane rides. Thanks to new Christmas presents received the night before at the paternal grandparents' (including a portable DVD player for Mom), the day was adventurous and full of smiles. Laurel especially loved riding the sky link at DFW. Brant was mesmerized by his favorite DVD, The Incredibles . He also played a very long time with a Thomas the Train clingy stickers book. Maren was thrilled with his enjoyment of removing the trains and accessories and putting them back again. Finally, near the end of the plane ride, both kids conked out. A few minutes later, they were wide awake and begging to go out in the snow outside the luggage carousel. It seemed to Maren like the snow continued the entire week long visit. What a great experience for the kids!