There are moments where I look back on our 3,300 mile journey and I'm kind of impressed. I mean did we really do that? We went through 8 states and experienced more than we'll ever remember. Was it hard? Sometimes. Was it worth it? Totally!
Day 1 we put the kids in the car fast asleep, pajama clad, and left at 4:00am. Our breakfast stop was at Chick Fil A, still pajama clad, in Georgia. Caleb was ready to take over driving at that point. He just wanted to get there...
We pulled into the F's house by evening after hitting some traffic, and we were so happy to be out of the car and with our dear friends!!!
It may be one of my new favorite museums. It was massive but so easy to walk around. It wasn't as crowded as the Smithsonians that are in DC proper, and had a wonderful variety of airplanes. The shuttle was by far Connor's favorite, Tim got to see his P-51 Mustang, and the only thing missing was Grandpa Gary's favorite a P-38 Lightning (though it probably would have made me cry).
It was a blessing, and so good for my heart, to stay at the F's home. The love we have for that family is as if they were our own. I can't believe they live so far away now. Luckily, we like to travel, and I know how to get to their house without directions....it's a tad eerie.
We then made our way over to the National Museum of Natural History which was packed! We got to see fossils, hold hissing cockroaches, and see beautiful gemstones. We were able to eat lunch there in a nice quiet, air conditioned corner, and made it to every floor. Ashleigh surprised me with a beautiful Tervis as a gift to take home. I think I made a Tervis believer out of her in the process. Connor chose a pretty ammonite fossil that he got to come home with and was thrilled.
The next day after having spent the previous day walking our Independence off we had a fun pool day with both the F and Z families. Lots of splashing, laughter, and cooling off. The pool was freezing (yes I hopped in) but the kids didn't seem to mind.
We also all went to Effie's to get ice cream. I love that both families, that had not previously known each other, have now made a connection. Especially because they have such sweet little girls that all get along so well.