I knew our vacation was over when my husband and I dragged ourselves out of bed at 5:45 a.m. and hit the pavement to resume our early morning walk routine. We have been on vacation with our three children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and our two granddaughters. As you probably realized if you are a regular reader, I took a little blogging holiday, too.
We had a few days here in Virginia Beach with our daughter and her family who drove down from Michigan. They love coming to the beach. Unfortunately, it rained every day they were here. Then we all drove up to Washington, D.C. and met the Boston kids after first stopping at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home and final resting place, on our way. We had booked hotel rooms for the nine of us several months ago. With everyone living so far from each other, we make it a point to get us all together once a year. I hope there will never be a year that goes by that we can’t make that happen.
This past week was typical Washington, D.C. summer weather: hot and humid. We walked all over from morning to evening, starting out fresh and perky and ending up dripping and worn by the end of the day, but we loved every minute of the city and being together. One of the wonderful things about D.C. is that all the Smithsonian museums are free and fabulous. I heartily recommend taking a family vacation there. Though the summer can be uncomfortable, you spend so much time in air-conditioned museums, it makes it bearable. Plus the bonus is that you can eat and eat and eat and never gain a pound because of all the walking and sweating you do!
One of the highlights of the trip was sitting at the base of the Washington Monument to watch the fireworks. Can there be a better place to be on the 4th? The scaffolding you see around the Monument is because of the needed repair due to earthquake damage. There was an incredible amount of people on the lawn, but everyone was friendly and polite and well-behaved. It felt like we were all just small-town people gathered in the town square to watch our local fireworks. After all, Washington DC is our town. The show was one of the best fireworks displays I’ve ever seen.
On Saturday, the Michigan kids drove home and my husband and I had an extra day and a half with the Boston kids. We went to the Library of Congress for the first time, and my husband and I both got library cards there. How cool is that to have a Library of Congress reader’s card! The inside of the building is gorgeous. Definitely worth a look, even if you don’t want to take the time to be as cool as we are and get your own library card.