Knox’s birthday was in January and Brody’s is in a couple of weeks, so we decided to do a joint birthday adventure for them. Trevor had the thought of taking them to the USS Yorktown in Charleston since they like boats and planes so much. They were both very excited to see “the big boat!”
We left this morning around 8, and it took us way longer than our usual 1 hour 45 minutes to get there thanks to roadwork which caused stand-still traffic. Someone may have had to pee really, really badly and may have gone in the woods. Not giving any more details about that situation. Except to say we had a chorus of “Daddy pee in the woods!!” afterwards. Oops, did I say too much?
After infinity hours of Brody’s ear piercing screaming, we finally got to Mt. Pleasant. By that point, it was 11:00, so we stopped for lunch, which continued Brody’s mood of supreme joy for all things. We went to Page’s Okra Grill, which is so many levels of ridiculous- if you’ve never been there, get the Redneck Rolls and thank me later (egg rolls with pulled pork and pimento cheese inside and a mustard based BBQ dipping sauce). Yes. Please.
After a totally silent lunch where none of my children got marker on their faces or pulled away someone’s chair when they tried to sit in it, we were off to see the big boat.
The collective mood elevated when the boat came into view, thank goodness. Brody was thrilled with the planes that lined the parking lot, and Knox cracked us up by walking as fast as his little legs could carry him towards the boat. He was just so excited to get to it.
It was so windy- like make you stumble, windy. I kept waiting for Brody to catch air. Of course, the kids loved it. Once we got to the boat, we walked all over the place, saw planes, touched helicopters, climbed one trillion skinny stairs up and down and up and down to see all of the hidden places inside the boat. It was really cool- I haven’t been there since I was about 12, so I had forgotten a lot. I can’t imagine actually living on an aircraft carrier for months at a time like those 3500 men did. One thing is for sure: I would have thrown up many, many times because motion sickness is a real thing, guys, and I have it big time. Luckily, it’s huge and still so that didn’t happen today!
Brody is vehicle obsessed, whether cars, trucks, boats, planes, whatever, and we just KNEW that he would love sitting in a real plane. Here he is standing on the plane seat because sitting was just a little too intimidating for him to handle. Knox immediately requested that I hold him and take him back down the steps, when he was in the same spot. Too much excitement, folks.
Brody cracks me up. His little smirky grin kills me. Obviously Knox didn’t get the “we’re taking a picture here” memo, but that’s okay. He’s still cute, even if he does look very zoned out. He’s really just plotting his escape route.
They were not in a cooperative picture mood today.
Ever take a picture in the crazy wind and blinding sun that you couldn’t actually see to take, and then, they turn out to be randomly cool? Yeah, these.
Buttons, buttons, everywhere. This was Knox’s favorite part. He touched every single one of them.
After our extensive boat tour, we headed for our hotel, which we booked because of the indoor pool. Guess what was closed? I mean, seriously. C’mon, life. We got a great deal on Groupon which is the only reason we were staying overnight, but the pool was a big deal for our water-loving boys. In lieu of paying twice as much for another hotel that we’d still have to locate and book, we opted to just drive back home when Screamy McGee fell asleep hard during the attempted hotel check-in. In all, it was a fun day, but next time, I’ll call ahead to check on the pool situation!
I can’t believe we are celebrating 5th and 3rd birthdays for these kids, already- doesn’t seem quite right. It’s true what they say- don’t blink.