Brian suggested we take Sasha to Bull Run. We hadn't been there since last summer, and it was good to go back. The four of us walked around the different battlefield sites, re-learning our Civil War history. It seemed appropriate since the Civil War started 156 years prior… almost to the day (April 12, 1861 vs. April 14, 2017). These particular battles at Manassas were fought in the unforgiving heat of July. And actually, the planned skirmishes were so widely known and anticipated that locals even brought their picnic baskets out for some entertainment. Seems an odd choice of entertainment, watching people fight and kill each other. But I digress. :)
Mom and Dad came to DC to visit us over Easter Weekend! Our first stop was the Air and Space Museum. We joined a tour and learned the history behind several planes from the Wright brothers up through WWII, then went off on our own to see all the other cool things. One of the space hangars houses the Space Shuttle Discovery. It was probably my favorite thing in the museum. That, and the stealth jet. ;)
THIS GIRL had a birthday last week! We celebrated in style by walking outside and eating our homemade lunches in the sun. ;) But wait, it gets even better: Christina's birthday was also Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's! We speed-walked over and got in line. Apparently free ice cream is a popular concept! …Though probably not the best business model. It was fun to see the local police officers help out behind the counter and chat with people outside in the street. Made the whole event more festive! It seems like everyone was celebrating Christina's birthday. :)
This week marked the centennial of one of the most consequential events of the 20th century: the United States of America, under President Woodrow Wilson and with the vote of the U.S. Congress, solemnly entered the Great War.
Different parts of the country produce different naturally-occurring events to signify the passing of time. The Midwest has harvest time. Boston has the changing of the leaves. Florida has the arrival of the manatees. DC has cherry blossoms. We Washingtonians anticipate and marvel in the short window of pink blossoms softening this hard city. We recount our days by referencing these delicate petals. I remember this time last year: Justice Scalia passed away, the unusually warm winter made the cherry trees bloom early, and Brian started a new job.
Hello from Philadelphia! Brian and I needed to drive up to sign the final paperwork for his car, so we decided to make a mini vacation out of it. I'd never been to Philly before, and there's a lot here. Lots of history, which makes sense – this is the birthplace of our country, after all.
Saturday was mid 70s and sunny, the perfect excuse to drive the new convertible up to NJ for a weekend of quality family time. :) There was a good group of us – Tully & Megan with Declan, Mags with Fiona & Joe, Sham & Shan, Brian & me, and Megan's sister's two kids. The young cousins are getting bigger and Brian's grandfather is declining in health, so we wanted to get in some more time with them. The 3.5 hour drive isn't that long when compared to the hike to Louisville or upstate NY. If anything, it was another reminder to Brian and me that we shouldn't wait so long between visits. Family matters to us, and we want them to know that.
The initial reason Brian and I went out wasn't to visit war memorials. Actually, we decided to spend a couple hours walking around the waterfront (where I found the best coffee I've ever tasted). That area is getting built up. The developers have grand plans of a very modern and trendy place to live and work. Soon it will be THE place to be. We wanted to determine if the waterfront was where we could envision ourselves living. It's closer to my job – just a short metro ride away – which is an amazing proposition.
It is definitely a city lifestyle – walking everywhere, expensive "artisan" coffees, and lots of young(ish) people swirling together in a giant melting pot of thoughts, worldviews, and lifestyles. While the waterfront has it's trend appeal, my thought was – this could be a very dynamic place to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
Well well well. Look who's back after three months of crickets around the blog. It's not like much has happened. On the national side, President Trump and VP Pence took office, major demonstrations for and against abortion crowded the streets of DC, the President has ordered a temporary ban on refugees entering the country, and Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated for Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Scalia. On the personal side, I'm almost 2 months into a new job that I love, Brian and I were thiiiis close to moving but decided against it, we had a break-in where only my keys were stolen, and we purchased a G19. (Three of those things are related; I'll let you guess.)
The morning of NYE (Saturday) we drove down to Harrisonsburg to visit Grandma Bonnie, Mary, Jim, Lisa, Nick and Evan. We spent a few hours at a nearby restaurant catching up with each other. The rest of the group gets together more often since they all live in the same town, but Brian and I hadn't seen these extended family members in several months. It's always a treat. Jim and Lisa (and family) are hopefully visiting Bill and Maura in February, so we will try to make a point to be there, too.