Ol’Miss

In mid May we (Harper, Willem and I) flew from South Dakota to Phoenix and then from Phoenix to Biloxi for my mothers wedding. It was a beautiful weekend celebration filled with family, food, fun and maybe a little alcohol. Traveling with two small children without their co creator wasn’t easy and may have included an ER visit but I would do it all over again in in a heartbeat.

We arrived on Thursday, where I found out not only was my car rental off-site (not a good thing when traveling with 2 kids, 2 carseats, a stroller and a suitcase) but also that it closed at 8 (our original 7:30 time was bumped thanks to the us airways/ american airlines merger that week). I’d suggest never renting a car through Hotwire because they didn’t inform me of any of this, it was a complete surprise but more of a shock that I was shit out of luck late at night at the airport with 2 kids that had been flying all day. Luckily my wonderful grandparents took me on a wild goose chase in the morning to track down a rental for me.

Once we all settled we began to enjoy the south. I was thrilled that one of my long time best friend and her husband drove down from Baton Rouge to hang out with us. My boys had their first trip to the ocean, which they both loved and might have swam in a tad before we knew about the bacteria warning (will get them back to the ocean asap). We even took a trip on the schooner or “pirate ship” as we told Harper who had started to succumb to an ear infection at that point (as we found out in the ER at 5am the next morning). Willem had a blast, driving the ship, dictating what he wanted to do, insisting the rules of where we could and couldn’t go did not apply to him and repeatedly demanding “mo ice.” The schooner was a highlight for me because I had my first po’boy sandwich and it was better than I could even know, looking back I taste breaded shrimp and mayo, perfect. Even more perfect is the fact that we had about 6 different kinds of beer on the boat but no water or any other beverage. All I can say is that we know how to have a good time and will force you to as well.

The main reason we all trekked down to Mississippi was of course, the wedding. I had been nervous about even being able to attending the wedding thanks to my kids being sick. Harper had been diagnosed with an ear infection and Willem had developed his own fever by then. After a trip to the pharmacy I was equipped with antibiotics, Motrin and a smart thermometer (very cool). Luckily by the afternoon their temps had started to fall, unfortunately the weather started to act up. I have heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck, what about tornados? We never saw an actual tornado but buckets of rain had fallen, again it worked out and the weather was ideal for an outdoor ceremony.

The venue was a sweet little restaurant, Maison de Lue in downtown Ocean Springs. It was intimate and slightly formal but in a familiar way, like being invited into someones private restaurant as their guest. The staff was warm, keeping me company when I was stuck watching my kids play on the patio yet constantly professional at the same time. They were very good at taking care of us all around including making my boys the most amazing fish sticks I had ever had in my life. They literally melted in my mouth AND they brought them out first, a big deal when it comes to eating out with kids. The food was amazing and the drinks superb. If you find yourself in Ocean Springs make an effort to try it out, you feel that southern hospitality while your palate is treated to southern cuisine.

The wedding itself was wonderful, short, sweet and no awkwardness from the pastor (a pet peeve of mine that is often found at weddings, sometimes they just say weird things!). James and my mother looked incredible as their happiness shined through them. You could feel in the air not only how pleased the guests where with this marriage but also relieved that they had chosen each other and made the commitment. It’s magical to witness such a wonderful feeling. Everyone had a great time that evening and went home happy.

I’m not sure that we will ever return to Mississippi, I can not imagine what might take us there, but I am so grateful for the experience. To take my boys, their first trip to the ocean, seeing old friends, time with family, including extended and future in-laws, wonderful food, laughs, walks, and of course adding another person into our family, welcome to the madness James.
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Easter in Spearfish

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

We had a wonderful easter filled with sugar and family. Unfortunately I didn’t get many photos because I spent most of the day holding my little Willem and if you can’t tell I’m not in a writing mood either, just want to post these before it takes me weeks. I’m exhausted, holidays for moms are amazingly fun, just not relaxing. Also I can’t brush my teeth after all of that sugar because Willem stole my brush outside to try brushing his teeth with dirt, lucky for him he’s as cute as he is curious so I can’t be too mad. 

You win some, you lose some: Harper and his yoga journey

 

Disclaimer: Please forgive the grainy, poor iPhone photos. This was very impromptu experience and I was trying to document it the only way I could at the time.

Ever since the discover of Yogaglo.com my home yoga practice has really blossomed. I do some form daily, even if I don’t do an actual class I will still practice. Harper has seen me practice hundreds of times and knows not only what the mat is for but will roll it out and automatically assume down dog.

Today I started a quick (30 min) stretch session on Yogaglo. Normally my kids either jump on me or ignore me when I start, this time was no different until 5 minutes in when Harper went and got his own mat. First win. So I grab my phone on the desk behind me in order to maybe capture him following the positions. He did. After he ran to get his iPad because he could not find his phone… and I had a phone in my hand at the time. First lose.

IMG_1601 We will just call it Warrior 1 with weight. But then he started following along and wasn’t that bad.IMG_1603IMG_1607 win

I’ve been working on headstands a lot this week. Harper has been working on somersaults. 
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So eating solids is going really well.IMG_0497 Sakura bloom slings shared this photo of Willem on their instagram and Facebook feed and it received over 700 likes. I love my slings. I should probably blog about it…IMG_0516The curl, the lashes, the boy.
IMG_0533 a day in my life… one of the easier moments.IMG_0540 5 minutes before this it was a warm 50 degrees. It was a beautiful surprise. IMG_0559 my valentine baby gets a valentine IMG_0564 mini mraz. this kid. loves his hats.IMG_0584 Valentines Day 2014. It was busy. Chad worked. Harper and I played. I did some errands and we watched Captain Phillips while eating amazing (and expensive) pizza drank whiskey and frambozen. My kind of night. So romantic. Love my husband to the moon, love my family more than I could imagine one could love.IMG_0594

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We have a climber, start them young, just as long as he uses the proper safety equipment.
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also, it was freezing here. good thing I had an awesome fleece dress and sorel boots to keep me warm. a proper fleece dress should be in every cold weather woman’s wardrobe. also, this photo is taken outside of target if you must know.IMG_0451 Harper and I experimented with bubble foam. it was a HUGE success. 2 TBSP dawn, 1/4 cup of water, some food coloring, beat on high for a few seconds and voila!- clean fun. it was great, until Willem dumped it.IMG_0457 Willem is old enough to take a real bath and wow is it just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. IMG_0483

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This week marked Willem’s first road trip. We traveled to Sioux Falls. It was a great trip, very little crying. The way there included a long stop at Cabela’s where Harper had too much fun playing Big Buck Hunter.

 
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Willem's belated 6 month photo
Willem’s belated 6 month photo
Heading out, 2 kids, 3 days

Heading out, 2 kids, 3 days

What 95% of a 6 hour drive across SD looks like

What 95% of a 6 hour drive across SD looks like

Helping Chad study

Helping Chad study

How Harper felt about Cabelas

How Harper felt about Cabelas

How Willem felt about Cabelas

How Willem felt about Cabelas

How we ride

How we ride

Harper and daddy going for a walk at a scenic stop in Buffalo Pass (or Grass?) NP

Harper and daddy going for a walk at a scenic stop in Buffalo Pass (or Grass?) NP

bathroom break, no shoes needed

bathroom break, no shoes needed