Just after Easter, J began a 3 week away rotation at a hospital in Northern Va. Since the first week was the kids’ spring break, we decided to pack us all up and stay at the condo with him. The place was nice and spacious, but on the third floor. So, I spent MUCH of my time quietly asking the children to please stop running/stomping/walking so hard!! At first I didn’t worry too much, figuring that we’d be out and about most of the time. We took the first day easy to plan meals, shop for groceries, and generally find the “lay of the land”. That night, Little Lamb woke up with a tummy ache which followed with symptoms of a stomach bug. I figured it was a basic 24 hour variety and hunkered down for another day.
By Wednesday, I thought she was over the worst of it, so I researched nearby parks to visit. Little did I know, she was merely entering phase two…I did get a few fun pictures of our outing. Belle and Little Bear had fun, but complained that it was too babyish for them. Little Lamb wanted me to hold her most of the time and only smiled briefly while riding the dog.
By the weekend, we decided LL was well enough to visit with family in DC. J and I enjoyed our time with his brother and wife. The kids enjoyed their time with the cousins. We happened to be there during the Cherry Blossom festival along half the rest of the world. The Mall was crawling with people. We drove around looking for a parking spot forever. J kept saying, “I give up! There’s just no place to park.” To which I replied, “Ummmm, so what are you going to do? Drive back to the condo and tell your brother ‘Sorry we couldn’t find a parking spot so we bailed’???” Obviously he didn’t give up, but it did take quite some time to find a space. We met up at the Capitol then chatted and walked the length of the mall to the Washington Memorial and back, stopping once for a potty/ice cream break.
Such an amazing view all the way to the Memorial.
We made it to the Washington Memorial. The kids loved running up and down the big hill!
As if they didn’t get enough walking in already, the kids struck up a game of Follow the Leader. I always get the song from Peter Pan stuck in my head whenever we play that!
Despite LL’s ups and downs, we had a nice visit. There’s a whopper of a tale involving poor LL, a port-a-potty, and a grassy patch across from the Washington Memorial, but I’ll spare you those details. It’s something I’ll never forget, but thankfully she is young enough that she will!