To celebrate their birthday, we decided not to do a big birthday party as we have in years past. Now that they are in 2 different kindergarten classes, plus their enrichment class, plus all of our old friends, I couldn't figure out a way to include everyone who needed including while still keeping it manageable. Instead, we planned a weekend trip to DC, and as a super-special treat, Memere and Pepere came down from Maine to come with us!
They came down on Thursday afternoon, and we had dinner together. The kids were thrilled to have their grandparents here. It was perfect spring weather and we all had great anticipation for the weekend.
Friday morning we got up and packed the car and headed down to DC. Instead of going right into the city, we went to Arlington National Cemetery in the hopes of making it to the changing of the guard. Well. What we didn't know was- the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is 3/4 of a mile from the visitor center, and that is if you walk straight there and don't get lost, like certain people who can't read a map (not naming any names). Plus it is hilly. We raced toward the tomb, dragging the kids along with us, and then the hour chimed and we still weren't there! Finally we got there, and there was a huge crowd. I called on my experience rushing the stage at concerts and pushed the boys through the crowd, and I followed right behind, until we were right at the front.
When we got into DC and to our hotel, we went straight to the pool- the part the boys had most been looking forward to! After a swim, we got ourselves dressed and went out to dinner. The kids seemed really hungry and so they actually ate their food. After dinner we got the kids into bed, and when they were finally asleep, Eric and I snuck out to meet my sister around the corner for a drink.
|My baby can still snuggle up on my chest|
|So happy to be 6 and at the White House. This is what I get when I ask for a smile!|
|I told Asher he was a unicorn|
|Motorcade roaring by|
|Asher in hysterics. Elana's nose didn't fit in a mask either.|
Elana made the boys a delicious birthday cake- yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Each boy had picked out a toy to "decorate" the cake- the rubber duck is Asher's and the Lego man is Benjamin's. Plus Aunt Elana had no birthday candles, so we had to use Shabbos candles.
|Blowing out their candles|
Sunday morning, Eric dropped Elana, the kids, and me off at my cousin Susannah's, and he and his parents went out to the Air & Space museum in Dulles. We had breakfast with Susannah and her family, and then Elana and I took the kids to the Museum of the American Indian, to which they had been begging to go. And who knows why, they weren't interested in anything and mostly dragged around whining.
|A test of balance for kayaking, Asher held his balance a full minute and I couldn't even do 1 second.|
|My sister's caption: "The wheels are falling off"|
Pat and Steve left first thing on Monday morning, and the boys went off to school. By Monday evening, we were back into our normal routine.
We finished our birthday celebrations on Monday night with cupcakes at Jane and Ed's. The boys didn't complain even once about all the cake forced on them over the previous 4 days.