Happy Moth Day

Nope, not a typo. Not my typo, anyways. And you know, after all you’ve been through for your child, from carrying them in your womb to driving them to preschool, and keeping them alive in between, you just want to know that they appreciate the role you play in their life. Yes, I felt that one too.

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Please Feed the Animals

I really didn’t know how this was going to go. There we were, at a petting zoo for the first time and I had very high expectations of greatness. The kids were extremely tentative at first and to be honest, the baby goats and lambs were intimidating even to me as they clamored over each other for first dibs on the kibble. I can’t say I was feeling especially brave either but motherhood makes you do things you never thought you’d do, such as catching puke in your hands or cutting a kid out of a poopy-blowout onesie. In this particular case, setting the example of how to feed rambunctious baby animals (with teeth!) out of the palm of your hand. In case you were wondering, they absolutely do not respond to kibble being thrown randomly at them.

There were no animals injured during the filming of this video. However, copious amounts of hand disinfectant was applied afterwards.

Spring Vacation

Things tend to snowball when we plan trips. Our spring trip started out as just attending Dziadzie’s surprise 70th birthday. Our first attempt at simplifying the trip was to only have Mike travel for the party, but since we are realistic, we knew that everyone would be pretty disappointed if the kids didn’t make an appearance too.

The boys found an unlocked gymnasium next to the party room.

The boys found an unlocked gymnasium next to the party room.

So once the whole family was signed up for the trip, it seemed pretty silly to not see my family too. And do you know what’s worse than one cross-country flight with two toddlers? Two cross-country flights. So we tacked on a drive up to VA after spending the weekend in NC. And since we were driving up such beautiful country, we thought we’d make a quick stop at Natural Bridge, which was also naturally halfway between Gastonia and Sterling.

The Natural Bridge Hotel

The Natural Bridge Hotel

The boys at a creek feeding the New River

The boys at a creek feeding the New River

Since a main road is built right on top of it, I'm sure it's not that impressive from the top. But you can appreciate its grandeur when you walk through it.

Since a main road is built right on top of it, I’m sure it’s not that impressive from the top. But you can appreciate its grandeur when you walk through it.

"Maxon, you keep a good hold on your brother for a minute."

“Maxon, you keep a good hold on your brother for a minute.”

Once in VA, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone. We checked out Great Falls, which was raging from the torrential downpours that caused major flooding in the entire area. And then the kids got reacquainted with the Paulins (Pseudo-cousins? Betrothed best friends? What is the relationship called when lifelong best friends have children about the same age and the same amount of cuteness?) and spent an afternoon at the local petting zoo.

The raging waters of Great Falls

The raging waters of Great Falls

Brothers

Brothers

Team Hybrid

Team Hybrid

OMG I looooooove these people!

OMG I looooooove these people!

Getting on the kid's level

Getting on the kid’s level

The next day we ventured out to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront and took a ferry out to the National Harbor and even caught up with old college friends of mine. Oddly enough, I didn’t get a picture of THAT reunion!

The Awakening at National Harbor

The Awakening at National Harbor

A wildly successful trip! But of course, we’ve upped the ante again. We are going on that second cross-country flight after all. Florida here we come!