After Father's Day, we shifted over into doing more household tasks than sight-seeing. We each had "establish care" appointments with local doctors. I pulled together all of the paperwork for the local schools, and successfully registered Charlie at the elementary school. (I haven't yet gone into the middle school because the phone secretary was kind of cranky, and I'm a chicken. I'll mom-up eventually.) We grocery shopped and cooked dinner most nights. We cleaned house for the first time since the big move-in cleaning. We went to the DMV to get our driver's licences and to register our vehicles. Then we spent a ridiculous amount of time figuring out how to put license plates on the fronts of our vehicles. None of this was very exciting, but sometimes the photo record is more about real life than big events.
Looking back on it, I guess we really are starting to feel more at home here. That's rather surprising.
Anyway, we were finally ready to do a little more sight-seeing at the very end of the month. The nice thing about living here is that we have so many options! A friend of mine kindly arranged to meet us for lunch (*more about my meets with friends below) near the Farragut West Metro stop, so the boys and I decided to explore the sights near there. We were so glad that we did! It was one of our favorite sight-seeing days so far. It was such a great day, that I'm planning to do other random metro stop days in the future. Who knows what we might discover?
Farragut West seems to be an excellent stop for seeing the White House. The last time we saw it as tourists, we walked a really long distance and never really got around to the front like we did on this day. Very near the White House is the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. The boys loved the large art installations that happened to be there just until the end of June. It usually houses 19th and 20th century arts and crafts, so I'm sure we'll want to go back with David when they have all their regular exhibitions open. We also spent some time walking through the small open spaces in the area. The boys have become big fans of Lafayette and Rochambeau because of the Hamilton musical, so we had to find their statues. It really was a fun day.
It was a nice way to wrap up our first month in the DC area. I can't believe how quickly the month flew by! We welcomed July with a road trip up to New Jersey to spend time with David's brother, sister-in-law and nephew. It was just a quick trip to New Jersey for a little family time. We relaxed at their house, went bowling, visited a small-town fair, saw a family circus, went out to a movie, ate some wonderful food, and let the boys get a taste of being the older cousin for a while. It was a nice weekend.
Next year, we'll have to stay home for the 4th. It just seems like we ought to see the fireworks from the National Mall at least once!
Now we are back "home" in Arlington, and we still have all of July and August to fill with activities, outings and adventures. I wonder what we will see next?
*So what's all this about my Internet friends? Well, like many introverts, I interact with a lot of people online more often than I do in real life. Interestingly, many of these lovely people happen to live on the East coast. This means that I'm probably going to be meeting a lot of new-old friends in the next few months. Some are very close friends with whom I speak every single day, even though I've never met them in person. Some are acquaintances with common interests. Some are friends-of-friends. Some were college friends or people from library school or from other times in my life. This is a long winded way of saying, "YAY! I HAVE FRIENDS! AND I GET TO MEET THEM!" I don't really want to explain who each person is to all of my other friends and relations, but it will be nice to have a record of everyone I get to meet up with during this East coast adventure. I think I'll just add their pictures at the end as these meets happen. I'm curious to know how many new and interesting people I'll get to see, so I think I'll number them as well. That should be fun.
Friend Meet #1: Harvey!
Friend Meet #2: Stephanie!
Friend Meet #3: Chrissy!
Who will be next???