Wow, time flies by when you're getting settled into a new place. We seem to be alternating between...
- days where we accomplish things like unpacking and errands and seeing new doctors and making phone calls
- days of complete sloth where we play video games and stare at our screens in a kind of over-stimulated fugue state
- days when we go out and do fun things because the world is at our doorstep
It's kind of exhausting, but in a good way.
What have we accomplished on the work days? Well, we had the furniture delivered, and have found places for almost everything. I'm surprised that it all fit. Now that the dust has settled, I feel like we only have one end table that doesn't fit anywhere useful, and I'm only disappointed about leaving one arm chair behind in Albuquerque. That's not bad at all! We've had to buy a few small items like tiny bedside tables for the boy, extra shower curtains, and under-bed bins for Charlie's stuff, but I don't think we've spent more than $300 on new things. We've spent more on getting things repaired and working properly, I think. I'll have to do a finished house post after we get the last few things put away.
The sloth days are self explanatory. I think we just hit a wall every few days and have to recharge our batteries. Poor David has to go to work every day, so he doesn't have as much time for being lazy.
As for the fun days, we've already seen some really interesting places. I even have photos. :-)
The boys and I went to the National Zoo to see the pandas one day while David was at work. We used Uber to get there, and rode the Metro home (with a transfer!) It's a lovely little place, and I'm looking forward to visiting it on my own during the late fall and early spring while the boys are in school.
We have continued our exploration of the restaurants withing walking distance of our house. So far our favorites are a Russian/Uzbekistan with excellent cabbage rolls, a fun little sandwich shop with a very interesting menu, and a Thai/Sushi place that has great happy hour specials until 7 pm. Knowing that we are walking home makes the happy hour specials even nicer. We've decided that we are going to try to only eat out on Friday nights, and I started cooking for real again this week. I think it will be at least another month before I'm interesting in eating fries or pizza again.
We went to the larger extension of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum out at Dulles airport with David one Sunday. Neither of the boys are particularly interested in military stuff or engineering, but they enjoyed it because Dad was so into it. My favorite part was seeing the gondola from The Spirit of Albuquerque balloon. The boys' favorite part was the space shuttle landing simulator, and David loved seeing all the rocket engines. Charlie was amazed to see a museum display of the exact Transformer from the 80s that Uncle Terry passed down to him.
Last week, the boys and I took the Metro into DC for a visit to the International Spy Museum. The tickets are pretty pricey, but I'd done a bit of research and found a secret code phrase that got us a discount. Charlie got a huge kick out of whispering it to the ticket seller. The displays were excellent, and I think the interactive games could be a lot of fun too. The boys weren't interested in doing the extra stuff this visit. Charlie is a huge James Bond fan, and they had a whole floor of 007 stuff, so that was the highlight for him.
After we finished at the spy museum, we ate a little lunch and then walked across the street to the National Portrait Museum. We were getting tired, so we didn't stay for very long. We did take time to find the portraits of Alexander Hamilton and LaFayette though! We've been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack a lot this summer. Charlie has SO MANY of the songs memorized. I know some of it isn't exactly appropriate for children, but you know how hard it is to keep Charlie's sponge brain engaged.
This past weekend was Father's Day. We did the usual errands and relaxing on Saturday morning, and then David loaded us into the truck for a David-style exploration outing. I'm not sure exactly where we went, but there were trails and overlooks over the Potomic River on the Virginia side. It took at least an hour for us to get into the park because it was so busy, but that just gave us more time to listen to Hamilton. (Poor David.)
Sunday was Father's Day, and David requested that we visit Mount Vernon. His priorities were seeing the craftspeople out at the farm, and the grist mill and distillery at a remote site, so we toured the grounds instead of standing in the long line to get into the house. The boys did the Washington's Spymaster app activity, and that was a lot of fun. They raced around looking for clues while we wandered at a more leisurely pace. A family membership was less than double the entrance tickets, so we got a membership and plan to return in the late fall when it's cooler. I think it will be beautiful in the fall and spring. Luckily, I had called the Mount Vernon Inn earlier in the week, and made reservations for their Father's Day BBQ buffet. I think it was a nice Father's Day for David.
That brings us up to this week. We haven't done any big outings at all this week. The boys and I have been tired. We did manage to do "establish care" doctor appointments for all four of us. Our doctors are all about 3 blocks away from us! We also went by Ashlawn Elementary for a tour and to get Charlie registered. The registration lady at the middle school wasn't quite as friendly as the one at the elementary school, so we are going to wait to register Tommy until next week. I can only take so many new places and people in one week.
I wonder where David is going to take us this weekend? His exploring drive is pretty epic. It's good for us homebodies to get out and see things, so I'm glad he's so enthusiastic.