Thanks to Dave's status, our airport experience was uneventful. Alex did decide to leave Hippo in the car (a first in an entire year for an airplane trip), and I kind of wished he had come with when she had a hard time snuggling down and relaxing.
She did a fabulous job on the plane ride, regardless. She enjoyed drawing, using up her sticker collection, reading some books we had picked out from the library for the plane trip, and watching some DVDs.
By the time we reached Phoenix, she was very excited to see Grandma Mary and Papa Bob....but exhausted! We put her down as soon as we walked in the door and enjoyed some Reynosos take-out....Mmmm...real Mexican food!