When One Washington Just Won’t Do

Our dear friend Adam was getting married in the Other Washington last weekend so we packed up the kids and had a week long vacation** in our old stomping grounds.  As much as I love getting back to the Other Washington to see our friends and family, it is a very tiring and stressful process.  Getting two kids across the country (with all their stuff) is not easy.  Our schedule is always jam packed, causing us to run from social event to social event (with jet lagged kids) and have a constant stream of hellos and goodbyes.  I wouldn’t not want to see our friends, but it is emotionally exhausting to say good bye to those you love time and time again – often in very close proximity to other good byes.  On top of all of that there are always friends you don’t get to see, or not see enough of.  Guilt can be big.  Don’t get me wrong, we love seeing everyone in the Other Washington.  We just also love sleeping in our own beds :)

 

Here’s a whirlwind photo post to try to show how whirlwind our trip to the east coast was.

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We rode the metro (or the train as Lila called it – all aboard!)

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We visited the Mall, though Lila was not very impressed with the Washington Monument.  She wanted the Space Needle.

We visited the Mall, though Lila was not very impressed with the Washington Monument. She wanted the Space Needle.

We showed Lila where she could work one day when she became Senator.

We showed Lila where she could work one day when she became Senator.

The girls attended their first protest.

The girls attended their first protest.

 

Lila stood right, walked left.

Lila stood right, walked left.

 

Lucy met her friend Henry who was born just 4 days after her.

Lucy met her friend Henry who was born just 4 days after her.

 

We saw the space shuttle

We saw the space shuttle

While Mom and Dad attended Uncle Adam's wedding, Lila held down the fort in the hotel room.

While Mom and Dad attended Uncle Adam’s wedding, Lila held down the fort in the hotel room.

And Lila pretended to be an airplane

And Lila pretended to be an airplane

 

Lucy met her great-grandparents.

Lucy met her great-grandparents.

 

All in all, it was a great trip but since it left us all feeling like this, it is not one we will be repeating anytime soon.

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** As A and I have learned, traveling with children is never a vacation.  Just a logistically nightmarish trip that guarantees little sleep and at least one melt down per traveler per day.

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Comments

  1. A friend once told me this, and it’s so true it stuck: A trip is what happens when you travel with kids. A vacation is what happens when you leave the kids home.

    I miss vacations. :/

  2. The picture of Nana Smith holding Lucy made me cry it was so very beautiful.

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