Our kids LOVE staying in hotels! The only place where they can jump on the beds ;)
The next morning we were Grandma and Grandpa bound! We enjoyed driving through some new territory as we drove into Virginia, a little of West Virginia, and into Western Maryland. I grew up on the East Coast, so I-95 is familiar to me. It was fun exploring the other side of the states I'm used to driving through. And of course, since our route took us through the VERY historic town of Harper's Ferry, we had to stop...so said the history buff in the car, a.k.a. Daniel. It was a really cool place, and I'm thankful we stopped. Maybe one day we can go back and really tour the area.
|Helping Grandma make a Birthday cake for Jesus|
|Wearing new Christmas outfits to the Christmas Eve service at my parent's church|
|Love my family!|
|This girl can be such a mess and so sweet all at the same time...my parents claim the apple fell straight off the tree :)|
|New Christmas pj's from Grandma and Grandpa|
|CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! Riley got the guitar he wanted and Ella got the doll house furniture she asked for.|
|Happy Birthday, Jesus!|
|Ella was pointing to Him as she sang :)|
When Riley found out my parent's lived close to Washington, D.C., he got really excited and said he wanted to go see the White House. So, the day after Christmas we all loaded up and did just that! As I was scrolling through facebook Christmas night, I saw a picture one of my college roommates had posted of she and her daughters in front of the White House with the caption, "Merry Christmas from the White House!" I immediately texted her to find out how long they'd be in D.C. (she's from Atlanta, GA), and she said all week! It worked out for us to meet them for lunch, and I'm so thankful! I had never met her girls and she had never met Daniel or our kids. Such a fun little reunion!
|After lunch it was time to do some touring of D.C...first stop: Air and Space Museum|
|We could have spent several days in there and still not seen everything!|
|Ella's new doll, Ashlyn, went everywhere she went :)|
|I had to get a pic with my boy here...the last time I sat on a bench on the National Mall, he was in my belly!|
|Here I am in 2008 about 11 weeks preggo|
|Riley loves history (much like his daddy), so to see the monuments in person was so exciting for him!|
|The National Tree|
And then it was finally time for some COUSINS FUN! My brother and his family went to Massachusetts for Christmas, so we were SO ready to see them on the 27th!
|It had been 2 years since these crazies were together!|
|I cannot look at this without laughing every. single. time!|
Wednesday morning the boys went to a local state park to hike while the ladies went to tea! Ella and I had never been to a fancy tea room before, so this was a very fun experience!
|She's a big fan of her Grandma!|
|Loved spending time with my sis|
|I enjoyed reliving some South African memories as I sipped on delicious rooibos tea|
|Ella wasn't a huge fan of her tea|
|But she tore up her plate of goodies!|
|Eating a chocolate chip scone|
|Fun morning with my favorite ladies!|
We are so thankful for the time we were able to spend with my family in Maryland. It's never long enough, but during the short stay lots of great memories were made and we'll forever be grateful!