For Benjamin's spring break this year, we decided to visit our nation's capital. I had never been there before and was excited to see all the sights and to visit family and friends. Bee was anxious to head out and even asked me to strap her into the car seat the night before. She sat in there and was ready to go. I had to tell her that we were not ready yet and that daddy had not even packed his clothes yet. She told me to go tell him to pack his clothes right away. She had been anxious for this trip for weeks and had been talking about Nana, Chessie, and the butterfly museum nonstop. She could hardly wait. When I woke her up early (5:30 a.m.) on Saturday to put her into the car, her first question was 'did daddy pack his clothes?' So funny.
The drive was beautiful and uneventful. Bee was a fabulous traveler. She entertained herself for the entire drive. Her bladder held out for long stretches and she did not whine or complain.
I wrapped several small gifts (toys) that I gave to her along the drive. She happily played make believe in the back seat during our twelve-hour trip.
|We made a quick stop in Harrisonburg which is one of the cities Benjamin served in on his mission. It was fun to see where he had lived and taught. We drove up and down some streets and saw lots of the JMU students already starting their St. Patrick's Day parties. Even though it was nearly two, we had waited to eat lunch knowing that there was a pupuseria (el salvadorean restaurant) there that Benjamin liked to eat at. We arrived there only to find out that they closed at noon. Bummer. At this point we turned to the GPS which indicated that there was another pupuseria in town. We continued driving around trying to find it and see the sights as well. Benjamin could not remember the streets as well as he thought he would. We finally ended up randomly going down a street that was one of his favorites on his mission. It was so fun to see where he had walked and served. At the end of the street was the restaurant. It was fairly new and had not existed while Ben was there. We stopped for lunch and ate some yummy pupusas. It had been so long for both of us. I had forgotten how good they were. They may be a poor man's food, but they are fabulous.|
|The Potomac River|
|The Jefferson Monument|
We had a fabulous St. Patrick's Day dinner at my parents house. My aunt and uncle, who recently lived in Ireland for a year, brought corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. It was so great to see them and to get suggestions about what to see while we were there.
Bee was in heaven and happily played with the dog, the toys, and her Nana. She had no need for the tv those first few days. She headed to the play room any chance she could and was so happy. We were tired, but enjoyed that the trip could be made in a day.