Posts Tagged ‘parents’

birthday part I

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This was a super last-minute trip, to the point where Mom wasn't sure whether to mail my birthday card or hand it to me. Ha. Sorry, Mom. But it wasn't really indecision; more like a lack of time to make a decision. Brian and I had a lot going on leading up to Labor Day weekend: Brian had just started a new job and was spending a lot of overtime there even in the first week. He spent his remaining waking hours studying our budget and spending trends. I was busy with a couple big work projects, and all my free time was spent on homework for this certification I'm trying to get. We were also looking into flights to MN that turned out to be prohibitively expensive. Our only two sources of relaxation were walking Sasha and watching the US Open (btw, how fun is professional tennis??).

baseball and family

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This was the event I was most looking forward to while Mom and Dad visited. It was also the most expensive – ha! But definitely worth it. Brian and I took Mom and Dad to the Nats game, and there we met up with Bill, Maura, Samuel, Elena and Sarah. It made me so excited to have them all together again. I think the last time (and really, only time) Brian's parents and my parents saw each other was at our wedding nearly three years ago. So much has happened since then! We did a lot of rearranging seats throughout the game in order to give everyone a chance to chat with each other. Most of the time was spent talking; I'm not even sure if anyone followed the game! Well, other than Samuel, who took some impressive photos (see below). Can I also just say – my husband is such a character! I really love spending days like this with him. He makes everything fun.

u.s. botanical gardens

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Both my parents love walking around botanical gardens. I can understand why – sights, smells, sounds and textures abound in places like the National Conservatory. We made a priority of getting downtown to see it. God's creativity was overwhelmingly evident as we wandered through the living museum of beautiful and exotic plants from around the world. I especially loved exploring the tropics. Did you know – George Washington is the one who had the idea of a national botanic garden in order to teach people the importance of plants.

bull run battlefield

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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. :)

air & space museum

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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. ;)

zootopia

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This has taken forever for me to post because, frankly, I wasn't sure how to choose the best photos and videos. I have such a soft spot for animals and was snapping (or filming) away constantly. For me the best parts of the zoo were:

1) Being there with my family
2) Walking outside in the warm, summer-like weather
3) The orangutan
4) The elephants
5) Giraffes and penguins (not together)
6) All the other animals

we got this

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Don't we look like professional adventurers? Maybe we're about to climb that rock wall. Maybe we just rappelled down it. You don't know. Doesn't matter, 'cuz we're ready for whatever extreme adventure you throw at us.

the plan worked

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It was a rather last-minute plan – driving the 10 hours to Louisville to see Mom and Dad. Tony had the time off, so we made a family reunion out of it. Of course, after driving so far, both Tony and Brian were exhausted. After church they retreated into the livingroom, sprawled out on the sofa and the recliner, and promptly fell asleep. What were the rest of us to do? There was a nearby state park I really wanted to check out while we were in town, so Mom, Dad and I took Sasha for a walk around the peaceful 2.5 mile loop.


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