North Pole or Bust!

On Tuesday evening John had the fabulously fun opportunity to go to the North Pole for the evening! This night was made possible by Make A Wish and Sun Country Airlines. Make A Wish children were invited to Terminal 2 to board a Sun Country jet for the North pole. When we got to the airport we went through security and headed upstairs to Gate 5 to wait for John’s boarding time. While waiting there were games to play, mascots to meet and plenty of space to run around. Make A Wish and Sun Country people were decked out in holiday gear.

As I watched John play and enjoy himself, I looked around at all the other families…each one with their own heroes, their own stories. Tonight, however, they were all just kids filled with mountains full of excitement.

Yes, John was very excited and also apprehensive. He thought from the very beginning that going to the North Pole would be great, but he wasn’t going without me. I had explained over and over that parents didn’t go with. That this was kind of like the Polar Express, but on a plane. He didn’t care.Yesterday morning he told me he wasn’t going. When I saw John at lunch I asked him if he was thinking about the North Pole. His response, “I’m thinking you’re going with me.” When I got home from school he told me he wasn’t going. I really had no idea how he was going to be once we got there. It all went very well. I only had to give him one little shove to get on the plane. šŸ™‚

This is my take on what happened. The kids got on the plane and they sang Christmas songs and enjoyed a chicken strip meal. Then they taxied on the runway for a little bit. The plane portion of the evening was about 40 minutes. John and I took this opportunity to have a beverage and nachos while John was at the North Pole. When John got off the plane he told me that they didn’t go to the North Pole, but it was still fun. He figured this out for a few reasons. 1. The same Mrs. Claus that was waving in the airport windows was waving at the North Pole. 2. John told me the plane never took off. šŸ™‚

When the kids got back to Gate 5 Santa was there and of course the battery on my camera was dead then and I wasn’t quick enough with my phone camera. Thankfully a photographer was there taking pictures and I will be able to download a picture this weekend.John sat on Santa’s lap and got a gift bag of goodies. He was one happy boy!

It was a great evening and we are very thankful to yet another memory making night. Thank you Sun Country and Make a Wish!

Love, Hope & Blessings,


If I had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap I would have shared my wish…. a hair cut for Michael!

2 thoughts on “North Pole or Bust!

  1. Shelly, your last comment made me laugh out loud. I don’t know how many times Brady and I have had this convo!!! I don’t totally win but we find a somewhat happy medium. Michael was at the house last night for the team dinner and his hair walked him in. He keeps it nice so I guess you two have found your happy medium. Soon enough these guys will be wishing for their high school hair!!!
    So glad John got on the plane and went to the North Pole. What a collections of memories this young man will have for life!!! Awesome!!!

    Sarah Sieh

  2. Happy Holidays Gegen Family!! Your posts make me laugh and cry almost all at the same time. We all have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.
    The DeBruyckere Family

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