We got home from our trip on Thursday and I finally unpacked the suitcase today. Guess I was still on a vacation from laundry. A much needed vacation. But it's nice to be home and get back into a routine. And my two little homebodies are happy to be back to gardening and playing outside with the dogs. Matthew likes to travel, but really only to experience new things. He doesn't really care for the work that traveling requires. Or airplanes, but that's a story for another day.
And our trip made it obvious how much Kane is like his dadda. And how much Kane loves his dadda. And how much Kane wants to do anything (and everything) that his dadda is doing.
We had a great time and packed lots of activity into a few days. On Saturday, we flew into DC and Matthew's parents met us at the airport. They hadn't seen Kane since his 1st birthday, so they were needing a visit and of course adored Kane. We stayed in Virginia that night and went to the National Zoo on a chilly, drizzly Sunday morning. It wasn't too cold and the crowd was thin, so it worked out perfectly.
My good friend Britney lives in DC and is a tour guide at the zoo, so she met up with us and gave us a personal tour. It was amazing. She knew all the zoo gossip about which bear likes another bear, why they have to seperate the lions from the lionesses (so they don't get frisky), and which gorilla likes to poop on the crowd. It was good information. If you have a group going to the zoo, it's worth the $30 (I think) cost to get a personal tour.
Cute little family here, huh? That's Britney....taking over my spot in the fam AND getting sugars from my baby. Good thing I love her.
But wait just a minute...remember Tia Jenny and how she is trying to take over my family? Well, she heard about Britney making a move so she hopped on the first train from NYC and crashed our zoo trip. Ok, maybe it didn't happen exactly like that. I can't be expected to remember the details. All I know is that there were ten of us at the zoo and we had a great time.
I also now know that the National Zoo is on a big, steep hill and that if you walk down to see the lions, you have to walk back up to see your car. And when your toddler is ready for a nap and only wants momma, you get a nice little workout climbing a big, steep hill with 26 extra pounds. Just saying.
Remember how I said we packed a lot into our trip? The zoo was just the morning event. That afternoon, we went to visit a childhood friend of mine that just had twin girls. They were close to 5 pounds when born and when we saw them, at 5 weeks old, they were already up into the 6 pound range. Which means they are still itty bitty.
Kane loves babies and wanted to see what they could do.
Momma April and her girls...Hailey and Addison.
The new parents...April and Dan with their girls.
And you know I had to get in on some of that baby action.
Kane wasn't so sure about crying babies though.
So after our stay in DC, we headed to Richmond which was the original reason for the trip. My mother had a work function to attend, but she showed us around the city first. We visited Byrd Park and Kane got to see "ducks". They weren't really ducks, but he doesn't know what geese are yet, so we substitued "honk honk" for "quack quack" and he still loved them.
But he didn't love them enough to let go of his dadda when they were close and honking at him.
And after a short stay in Richmond, we headed to Virginia Beach. I told you we packed a lot of stuff into a fairly short trip. But Kane had never seen the ocean and since we were just an hour and a half away, we figured it was worth the drive. Plus, our flight home was from Virginia Beach, so it made sense to drive on over.
He liked the sand, was a little scared of the still pretty cold water, but loved the planes flying in to the naval air station.
It was a busy trip, but we got to see great friends, new babies, lions, geese, the ocean, and the inside of an airplane. Win win.