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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.