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A Lovely, Lovely Long Weekend

Sorry I haven’t been a very diligent blogger. We’ve just been so busy with tri training, taking care of our garden, and just enjoying the summer. Every time I think about moving on with my life instead of dwelling on our loss and the sadness that still resides in my heart, I think about a quote from The Shawshank Redemption (If you haven’t seen it, stop everything you are doing and watch it. Seriously, this post can wait). Anyway, the quote is “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

We are busy living.

This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a very long time. I had some paid time off to burn before I leave my job in August so hubby and I took a four day trip to Washington, D.C., and it was just wonderful. The weather on Friday was beautiful, and we left early, listening to an audiobook for the 7.5 hour drive. When we got to our hotel in Falls Church, a small town outside D.C., we did some exploring and then swam our laps because we really wanted to keep up our training during the trip.

Saturday we got up early, thoroughly enjoyed our free hot breakfast (if anyone is traveling anytime soon, Residence Inn is the bomb), rode our bikes to the Metro, and took a train into Washington. Hubby had never been to D.C. before but I went there all the time as a kid because my family lives there, so it was a lot of fun to ride our bikes around while I showed him different sights, and once it got really hot, we went to a couple of Smithsonians.  That evening, we ate dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house where we surprised my Nana who didn’t know we were coming, and I got to spend some quality time with all of them, including my cousins that I hadn’t seen since the last time I was in D.C. about ten years ago.

The next morning we got up early to go to church with Nana, which we hadn’t originally planned so it was like bonus time with her, and then we rode into D.C. again. We spent the afternoon touring different fire stations, including Station 3 which has a museum on it’s third floor. The museum is usually closed on weekends, but a man who volunteers there just happened to pull up when we arrived and he gave us a personal tour. It was fascinating, and while our second day in the city didn’t go at all as planned, it was perfect. While we were in D.C. that day, we were supposed to meet up with Jenn from The Future Fords, a lovely blogger who has stepped back from writing for awhile, but we still email occasionally to check up on one another. Unfortunately, Jenn was having car trouble, but when hubby saw how disappointed I was, he suggested we drive up to the Baltimore area and visit her that evening. So after we spent a few hours visiting with my other aunt and uncle, we drove up to Maryland to visit with Jenn. It was the first time I’ve met a fellow blogger in real life, so I was a little nervous. You hear all of these warnings about people you meet on the internet, so when we walked up to the door, I wondered if it was like the part in a horror movie where the whole audience is screaming “Don’t do it! What is wrong with you?!?” But of course Jenn was just as sweet in person as she is online, and I am so, so glad we drove an extra hour to see her.

The next morning we slept in a little, ate breakfast, packed everything up, and headed home. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip, and I wish we could have stayed longer, but it was so wonderful. I can’t even put into words how nice it was to see my family after so many years, and how much it warmed my heart to see Hubby’s face light up at all of the famous buildings and the impromptu tour of the firefighting museum.  We definitely won’t be strangers to the area now that we have seen what an easy drive it is, and hopefully we can stay longer next time.


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