Unexpected Pit Stops

Walking towards the hiking trails

Walking towards the hiking trails

If you follow us on Instagram (@ourmijos is our username!) you know we’re on a road trip to D.C. for a marathon Super Dad is running. So far we’ve had overnight pitstops in Orlando, where we went to Downtown Disney, and Fayetteville, NC, where I got to spend time catching up with one of my best friends from college!

Liam wanted to be carried more than walk, of course.

Liam wanted to be carried more than walk, of course.

Xander was so excited. He kept saying, "Look at all these tall trees!!" It makes me want to take him back to the Muir Forest!

Xander was so excited. He kept saying, “Look at all these tall trees!!” It makes me want to take him back to the Muir Woods!

Today we’re driving the last few hours to Washington D.C. and thanks to a double Todzilla moment we ended up making an unexpected stop at the Petersburg National Battlefield. If you’re a history lover like my silly husband (and Granddad!) you’ll appreciate this little tidbit of knowledge I got from the National Park Service:

“Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedo m of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg’s supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.”

The boys thought throwing rocks was just as fun as running around.

The boys thought throwing rocks was just as fun as running around.

Anyway, we didn’t try to get a ranger or anything, just let the Todzillas stretch their legs for about a mile’s worth of walking and now they’re back to happily watching Madagascar while we finish the last two hours of driving.

A quick photo of us with FALL LEAVES!

A quick photo of us with FALL LEAVES!

The closest thing we got to a family photo!

The closest thing we got to a family photo!

Sick beach babies

Liam wasn't happy to touch the sand this morning, probably due to the 101 fever!

Liam wasn’t happy to touch the sand this morning, probably due to the 101 fever!

Life has gotten a little busy around here lately.  I took on babysitting a little girl who is in between the boys as far as age goes, and literally all my free time has been spent cleaning and trying to keep from going crazy.  We’ve also been sick two of the last three weeks!  Both boys are running high fevers (Liam is staying at 101-102 WITH medicine!) and we have all gotten pink eye!

My sweet beach baby!

My sweet beach baby!

That being said, life definitely goes on and we’ve actually been good despite all the crazy.  Paul and I decided it isn’t worth the stress of getting sick and not having any downtime to babysit right now, so it’s back to just the boys and me during the day!  We’re getting back into a routine, and since we’ve been cooped up inside thanks to being sick all week I made the executive decision to visit the beach this morning after dropping Super Dad’s work bag off.  Did you know he is training for the Marine Corps Marathon which happens this month and has been running to work several times a week? He ran this morning so we had to take him a bag of clothes and his lunch.  I stopped along the way and got the boys donut holes and then we spent about an hour walking along the beach looking for seashells for a project we’ve got going on.

He really wanted to wear flip flops but they were hard to keep on.

He really wanted to wear flip-flops but they were hard to keep on.

We are so blessed to live so close to the beach!  I’m so thankful to have been able to squeeze in a little fresh air with my sick babies this morning, I think it has gotten our day off on a much brighter note than we’ve had the last week for sure!  Hope you and your family are having a happy and HEALTHY October!

A Busy Life

Lately, we have been BUSY.  Not in the, “Oh my goodness how are we ever going to catch up?” kind of way.  We’ve been busy in the “living our life” kind of way.  I have several blog posts I need to do on projects we’ve done, fun things Xander has said, and just updates in general–for example Liam is walking!  But right now, I’m just going to post these pictures of the boys eating watermelon and call it good!

I said, "Say cheese" You can tell which one listened.

I said, “Say cheese” You can tell which one listened.

Little stinkers.

Little stinkers.

He's an ornery one!

He’s an ornery one!

YUM!

YUM!

5 years? Really?

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5 years ago today we said our “I do’s” and got married. People basically told us we were crazy, and we probably were. They told us to wait, and maybe we should have, but I definitely don’t regret a single thing. (Well except maybe just eloping and having more time to ourselves that weekend!! I kid, I kid!!)
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In all honesty, five years ago I promised to give my best, and Paul promised to give his best too. There have been days where I don’t even know what my best is, but one thing is for sure–he always gives his. I’m not an easy person to live with, I’d much rather be “creative” whether that be sewing or cooking something new than I would be cleaning. I like staying up late knowing I have to wake up early the next morning. I have LOTS of faults. Probably more faults than redeeming qualities lots of days! But my husband doesn’t care. He gives me his best. He loves me at my worst. He has made the last five years fly by and seem like our wedding day was just the hottest day of the year last year instead of five years ago!
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Maybe we should have waited, maybe we were crazy–maybe we are crazy. But one thing is for sure, there is no one else on the face of this earth I’d rather do crazy with for the next 50+ years!

Happy Father’s Day!

Things change once you have kids. It’s cliche but so very true. Father’s Day used to consist of finding a card and calling it a day. Now, I’m overwhelmed by realizing just how important all the fathers in my life are. 20140615-120453-43493491.jpg
Growing up my dad was always a “good time”. I have memories of Bell’s Theme Park in Tulsa and begging to ride the Zingo over and over again. Memories of stopping at the Sonic on the way to his house for dinner, cheese coney please with just the meat the cheese and the bread and cheese covered tator tots! I had no idea my dad could cook, because we always had fun food, and I had no idea the wealth of knowledge he’d provide once I grew out of my cranky teenage years. In the last few years he’s provided so much insight into gardening, cooking, fishing, and even raising the boys! I’m so thankful to have the relationship I have with my dad, and I’m also thankful he’s such an amazing “granddaddy” to my boys. Xander immediately wants to FaceTime him every night when the bath water starts and that is their “special time”. I’ll always be happy that they have the relationship they do. :)

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Not only do I have an amazing Dad, but I have also been blessed to have great relationships with my grandparents! My Granddad.. Oh where to even begin. He’s been such an influence on me in so many ways. I’ll always look for his approval and I’m so thankful he is a big education pusher. I wouldn’t have gotten my scholarship without his “you need to apply for this” lecture, and other lectures he gave my cousins and I growing up helped shape me into who I am today. He taught me how to make his chocolate chip cookies (the recipe is on the back of the tollhouse bag, just swap the butter out for crisco!) and on our most recent trip to Oklahoma he showed Xander and the other great-grandkids how to make them too. Gran is a special man to our family and I hope he has a wonderful Father’s Day relaxing.

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The of course I have my amazing husband. Raising two crazy little men can be tough, and I’m so thankful to have someone so loving, caring, patient, and crazy enough to go down this road with me. Whether it’s building Legos or taking the boys out on a run, he’s always helping them to grow–and survive their crazy momma! He helps teach them colors, shapes and letters and how to be polite, productive members of society. We are so blessed to have him in our life!
There are other men that definitely deserve kudos too!

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My Granddaddy Luna has always been a phone call away and showed the boys just how much love he has when he visited us a few months ago. Pawpaw has been there as a rock on my moms side of the family supporting Memaw and Bobby and acting as a caretaker showing just how important family is, not to mention he’s a hero in more ways than one. My Uncle Denny showed me what a great dad to little boys looks like, and his example has given Super Dad a huge pair of footsteps to try to fill for our boys!
I hope the fathers in your life are fully enjoying their Father’s Day whether they’re watching the World Cup, barbecuing, or just enjoying the day with their little (and not so little) ones! Happy Father’s Day dads of the world! It’s a better place with you here!!