At the Dentist

It was Maxon’s third visit and Cooper’s very first visit. Cooper actually held it together very well. He was very cooperative and didn’t cry at all. He had the benefit of watching Maxon go first so he knew what to expect. Maxon actually had a tougher time this time but I think it was due to getting X-rays done before his cleaning which made him hit his limit early. The poor thing was also by himself with the hygienist during the X-rays since a certain little brother required a smelly diaper change. I still think they were both brave little boys!

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End of Summer Days

It’s been great having you here. See you next time!

And in case we forgot how coordinated Maxon can be, check this new trick out:

Palm Coast, Revisited

We headed back to Palm Coast, Florida for the biannual Irons family reunion and it did not disappoint. Everything was more than before. The house was bigger. The pool was bigger. The kids were bigger. The beach was closer. The weather was hotter. There were more people to meet. And we had a fantastic time!

And sometimes you can bring all the books, trucks, and puzzles you can fit in your suitcase but it still can’t beat finding an empty box.

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!

Easter and the Outtakes

Sometimes the moment isn’t perfect but the memory you capture can tell the story perfectly.

Snow Bunnies

Last week we headed up to Keystone Resort to finally get a little skiing in before the season is over. To spice things up, we decided to enroll Maxon in his first ski lesson. We honestly didn’t know how it was going to go because everything about it was going to be a new experience: 6-hour lesson without either Mike or me waiting in the wings, wearing ski boots, and actually putting on skis and purposefully gliding down a hill.

All dressed and no idea what is going to happen

All dressed and no idea what is going to happen

Lucky for us, it was pretty easy to stalk Maxon’s ski lesson from afar. Cooper and I caught a glimpse of Maxon’s class being herded in the gondola line while we were waiting our turn to go to the top and then again on our way down in the gondola where the ski school had their learning hill. Mike was able to camp out at the learning hill and catch him up close and personal.

Waiting for their turn to get on the gondola

Waiting for their turn to get on the gondola

The "bunny hill" at mid-mountain

The “bunny hill” at mid-mountain

Stalking Maxon from the gondola on our way to the top

Stalking Maxon from the gondola on our way to the top

The remains of the fort at the top of Dercum Mountain

The remains of the fort at the top of Dercum Mountain

Someone is not impressed by said fort

Someone is not impressed by said fort

He utterly refused to take these sunglasses off the entire day. Even indoors.

He utterly refused to take these sunglasses off the entire day. Even indoors.

Gotta get this snow plow moving

Gonna get this snow plow moving

One might ask if it was a success. It depends on one’s perspective. On the one hand, he was dropped off without incident, appeared to be engaged in the group every time we stalked him, and was a happy smiling boy when I went to pick him up at the end of the day. On the other hand, when I asked if he was ready for another lesson, he gave a very definitive “nooooooo!”. When I asked why, he said “it takes too long!” Maybe the day will seem shorter when we try again next ski season.

Pride

Pride

Happiness

Happiness