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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring Break DC Trip

We had such a great trip to Virginia and DC for spring break!
We drove through beautiful Virginia to see our friends Scott and Becky at their distillery!  We've been following their progress growing Catoctin Creek from an idea into a growing enterprise.

Scott teaching Thomas about the distilling process.
We especially loved Frank.

It's been a long time since we've gotten to spend any quality time with the Harris Family.  We went out to dinner and had a great time catching up with Scott and Becky and their sons Eddie and Luke.
Happy 20th to Becky and Scott this month - we celebrated our engagements and wedding planning together back in Atlanta/Athens.  It seems like yesterday!

Then we headed to Alexandria to visit (David's cousin) Nancy and Joe!  They are such great hosts.  We loved seeing their new home, and touring Old Town Alexandria with Nancy on Saturday.

Old Town is so pretty!

Nancy took us to Christ Church where George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped.  It was a beautiful day.

We spent a little time in DC that afternoon.
The Smithsonian Castle is a favorite spot.
We had dinner with Bernie, Allison, Sara Brady, Elizabeth, Anne, Paul, Nancy and Joe Saturday night in Old Town, but I was too busy chatting and didn't take a single photo.
But here is a blurry photo (grr) of Nancy and Joe at the restaurant where they first met for coffee and spent hours getting to know each other.  The rest is history.

Sunday morning Renee and Mike took us to the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club for a wonderful brunch with Nancy, Joe, and Mike's Dad - Grandpa Fred.  It was a beautiful brunch, looking out over the Potomac.

Nancy, me, Renee at brunch

That afternoon we said goodbye to Nancy and Joe and headed back to DC.  Brennan didn't get to visit the Jefferson Memorial in 2008 when we visited DC, so he really wanted to go.

Thomas in 2008 and 2013 at the Jefferson Memorial.
My, he's grown! 

We also toured Mt. Vernon.

Mike and Renee were amazing hosts.  We had such a lovely couple of days visiting - it's been too long since I had a chance to catch up with my high school BFF.

David's enjoying his new iPhone at Mike and Renee's
Thomas loved, loved spending time with Max.
So sadly, Max passed away just a week after we left.
We'll miss him, as I know his family will.
He is an awesome dog.


 On our last day in DC it rained, rained, rained, but it didn't stop us from having a ball. (ignore my wet, frizzy hair)
We met up with Lisa and her friend Evalyn in DC for a lunch that I wish could have lasted much, much longer.
I was so happy that Renee had a chance to meet Evalyn and Lisa too.  Such a highlight of our trip.

While David took the boys to the Holocaust Museum and the National History Museum, I had a chance to catch up with Lisa at Ted's Bulletin, and enjoy one of their famous homemade Pop Tarts.
So much fun to catch up - I miss these ladies!!
Touring the National Gallery of Art was another highlight.  DC never disappoints!  David was a great sport about touring DC in the rain (that I felt like was more like a drizzle).  While we got pretty wet and walked for miles, it was still fun to see DC again.

This is near the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  If there is a "pretty rain" - this was it.

It was hard to say goodbye to all of our wonderful friends in Virginia, but we needed to head home.
On the way back we went through Pennsylvania.
Our first stop was Gettysburg.
The video and cyclorama are really worth the trip.

And we drove through the battlefield and saw many of the monuments.

Mike and Renee even packed us a picnic lunch to enjoy at Gettysburg.

Also on the way back we realized we were near the 9/11 Flight 93 Memorial so really wanted to stop.  Unfortunately, we arrived just as they were closing so we were only able to see it from the road.
Our neighbor April took this photo of the snowstorm that hit town while we were gone.  Such a gorgeous photo of our home!
We were glad it was all melted by the time we got home.
"Spring" Break wasn't so springy this year, but we had a wonderful time!

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