Monday, August 15, 2011

Perfect Moment Monday -- DC In August

WWII Memorial at night with the
Washington Monument in the background.
Each week I participate in Perfect Moment Monday, sponsored by the blog, According to Lavender Luz, "Perfect Moment Monday" is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect Moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between." And so, here is a Perfect Moment for this week.

Last week, our oldest son, James, had one of his friends, K, visit us in PA to check out our new home. The boys had a great time hanging out, sleeping, eating, sleeping...and did I mention sleeping? It's amazing how much teenagers can sleep!

There were some great Perfect Moments last week including Bryce and Ryan riding their bikes to a friend's house, and discovering the freedom of having transportation and the ability to explore our beautiful town.

When Bryce and Ryan returned from their bicycle trek and I suggested James and K take the bikes out, James adamantly said, "I don't ride bikes." But sure enough, not a day later, he and K were out on bikes riding downtown to get some pizza and custard.


Over the weekend, we took the boys to Washington DC for an overnight before we took K to the airport in Baltimore on Sunday.

While in Washington, we gave James and K times to go exploring on their own (with money, of course). K had never been to DC before and we wanted him to see some of the sights. Should I mention that some of their exploring time was spent in the hotel room sleeping???

Tom and I took the twins to explore and even had some time with just the two of us. One of the best times was Saturday night when we set off from our hotel about 10 p.m. and walked the mall. It was a long walk, but the evening was beautiful to take in all of the beautiful memorials...and it's amazing how many people are out that late at night.

Here are some photos from our trip:

Tom and I ran Sunday morning
by the U.S. Capitol in a drizzly rain.
It's amazing and ironic how so much and so
little can happen all in the same building.

Lincoln Memorial at night. Very powerful.

Of course, much to the chagrin of my teenagers,
I had to do a yoga pose (in public).
Did Abe do yoga??

We visited the National Museum of American History.
The first car I drove was a Honda (matic) like this
(except it was the station wagon version in light blue).
Great memories for me as my first kid starts to drive.

Our trip was...FULL of Perfect Moments!!!

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Lori Lavender Luz said...

I love that you did dancer post in front of the memorial! Such an offbeat thing *I* would do, too, as our youngest sister pointed out to me last night.

And funny about the Capitol irony!

Looks like a wonderful time. I'm glad James and his friend eventually did get out on bikes.

LTC F said...

I loved the trip. Too short.

Kristin said...

Sounds like an amazing trip.

Tami said...

You talkin' da me, Lavender? Well, is it true? I love my sisters, even when they would be at their happiest organizing a Sun Salutation Flash Mob in Times Square. And I would be hovering off to she side, with all of your kids, turning my back, bowing my shaking head, saying "I can't believe they are doing this, again." <3