Saturday, April 29, 2017

Washington D.C. and the River Farm

Recently, our weekends have been logistically chanllenging.  But, despite my weekly anxiety about getting everyone where they need to be, it always seems to work out, thanks to help from team mates, Aunt Cae Cae and Uncle Frank and babysitters.  Our Easter weekend was no different, but with help from Paw Paw and Honey and a lot of aunts and uncles, we had an amazing long weekend in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.  

A couple of months ago, we were planning a low key Easter at home, when I heard from my high school friend, Catherine that she would be getting married in D.C. on April 15th.  I immediately knew I was going.  My best friends from high school had been on my mind a lot recently and I hadn't seen them in years (some of them since my wedding, almost 12 years ago).  I mentioned the wedding to Honey and she miraculously concocted a whole weekend in the area for our family.  We flew into D.C. Thursday night and Paw Paw Byron picked up Rory and Cal and took them to the River Farm.  Atticus, Finnan, Jude and I stayed at Aunt Julie and Uncle Andy's house in D.C. The four of us spent Saturday exploring he monuments and museums of the National Mall.   It was a gorgeous day and we walked the mall for about 9 hours.  Weggi had gotten Finnan and Jude a D.C. guide book that was set up like a scavenger hunt, so whenever we started to get tired, Finnan would rally us so that we could answer more clues.

Friday night, Aunt Julie and Uncle Andy invited Finnan and Jude to a dinner party at there house, giving Atticus and I the opportunity to go out for dinner with my high school friends.  Then, Saturday, Atticus drove Finnan and Jude to the River Farm so I could spend the day with my friends. It was such a treat to see these women.  I was smiling for days after the weekend.  

Meanwhile, over at the River Farm, my kids were having a blast.  All of Atticus' siblings ended up coming up for the weekend and, as usual, the cousins immediately connected.  Jude and Maddie are quite a pair and Rory and Miller quickly became inseparable as well.  They had a beach day with some second cousins, lots of fishing time with Uncle Loren, four wheeler time with Uncle Lyle and even a woodworking session with Uncle Dan.  

I was nervous leaving Cal.  But, his grandparents, aunts and uncles took very good care of him.  Honey and Paw Paw had cots for Rory and Cal set up in their room and barricaded the door so that Cal could not escape.  One night, Honey said she heard Cal turning the door knob (he had cleared away the barricade).  Another night, Paw Paw caught him heading downstairs in the middle of the night.  Cal ended up in bed with them most of the weekend to keep him asleep and safe!

On Easter morning, Atticus and I woke up early and headed out to the River Farm.  We found the gang at church.  As soon as we got out of our car, we heard Cal's voice outside of church, being monitored by Lyle.  After church, we tried to get a picture of everyone together.  Guess who did not cooperate?

After Cal escaped from Finnan's arms he made a run for it followed by Lyle.  Ultimately, Atticus was able to calm him down.

For Easter dinner, we went to Great Grandmother Schuster's house for a large pot luck and Easter Egg hunt.  I can't believe we did not get a picture of all of the family that gathered.  It was great to catch up with family and the kids loved the extensive Easter egg hunt.

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