Most of the boys' Albuquerque friends went back to school this week, but we still have four weeks of summer vacation left. I'm really glad we aren't having to deal with school this week, because it's super hot and humid here in DC right now. I hope it cools off a bit by Labor Day. We have a family vacation planned for the week before Labor Day, so we really don't have that many more days left to do school supply shopping and the all important lazing about.
David finally finished up his back-to-back work trips at the end of July. It's been nice to have him home. We finished a puzzle while he was gone, but we didn't do very many other things.
We have ventured out into the heat and humidity a few times this month. On one day, I was itching to get out of the house, so we hopped on the Metro and went to the Smithsonian American Indian Museum for lunch. I really like their cafe. Charlie and Tommy spent more than an hour in the hand-on children's area there after lunch. It's funny how they sometimes enjoy little-kid things.
We also spent a day at the National Postal Museum. We were just going to pop in to pick something up for a friend, but ended up spending a long time there. It's a very interesting museum, and much larger than one might expect. It's very well done, with lots of interactive areas and historical displays that appeal to children. We had a great lunch afterwards at a place called The Dubliner. It's an Irish pub & restaurant, and their food was wonderful. I'm going to miss my lunch buddies when they go back to school.
Speaking of lunch buddies, we have been spending time at museums all around the area where David works, but we never get to see him. We tried meeting him for lunch one day, and it worked out great. We went to a fun place called "b" that specializes in burgers and bourbon. We won't have our date-day Fridays this year, because he's now working M-F for 8 hours instead of working longer days and getting every-other Friday off, but I think he and I should try to meet for lunch once every couple of weeks. There are so many great restaurants to explore!
Last week, we had a lovely house guest for five days. Our friend Megan is moving out here in September, so she stayed with us for a few days while she went apartment hunting. I didn't manage to get a good photo of us, but I thought I'd mention it. We are looking forward to having her live near us.
On Wednesday of this week, we headed in to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to meet another one of my Disney friends. She and her family were just delightful. The boys got to do the Simulators too. I don't usually say "yes" to those because I'm cheap and they cost extra. It was the highlight of their day, so I guess I should say "yes" more often! The day was super hot, but when we walked through some of the garden areas around the Smithsonian I got the itch to come back by myself with my camera...on a cooler day. That's the first time I've felt that way since we arrived here.
Poor Charlie has been having some medical problems this month, but I think we're finally starting to see some improvement, so I don't think he'll mind if I fill you in.
He's had some foot pain since about mid-May that hasn't been getting better even though I keep throwing money at the problem by buying new shoes and inserts. I finally took him to an orthopedist about it, because we were worried that it was a complication with his flat feet. We were very relieved to discover that his flat feet are not the problem! The orthopedist was very nice, and said that his feet are great examples of "flexible flat feet" that shouldn't require any extra medical attention, treatments, surgery, etc. The pain he's been experiencing is a specialized kind of growing pain called Sever's Disease. It's common and nothing to worry too much about. We're doing the stretching, icing and pain meds she recommended, and he should outgrow the pain when his tendons and ligaments catch up with his long legs and giant feet. Whew!
He's also been getting some horrible bug bites of some kind. Our first theory was that he got them while playing outside with the neighborhood kids. (Ooo! I forgot to mention them. There are kids in this neighborhood, and they found Tommy and Charlie, and they've been inviting the boys to come outside and play! It's very exciting.) Charlie seems to be a magnet for bites, so I was thinking they were maybe mosquito or ant bites. We first noticed them on Tuesday of this week after he played outside all afternoon on Monday. They kept happening though! He didn't play outside on Wednesday and Thursday, and he still had new ones on Thursday. Our next theory was spider bites, so I washed a bunch of linens and David has started the process of spraying around the windows. (Remember all the spider webs in the windows?) He didn't have any new bites this morning, so I'm hoping we've gotten the little bugger. Poor Charlie He really reacted badly to whatever was biting him.
That catches me up to today. David's planning to come home early this afternoon, and we hope to have a REAL weekend - no house guests, no injuries, no traveling dad - just a nice, relaxing weekend at home with maybe a couple of outings to keep things interesting.
Oh! I can't forget my continuing list of friend meets!
Friend Meet #7 - Megan
Friend Meet #8 - Another Megan! (I didn't get a good picture of us together, but here's the place where she's going to live when she moves out here.)
Friend Meet #9 - Kim!