The last couple of weeks looked a lot like this.
It was hot. I did a lot of reading, and the boys had a lot of screen time. I was struggling with my annual summer brain cloud. The boys were burned out on museums. It's ok though. Not every week can be filled with outings and merriment. I guess we did do a few things.
We tackled all of the school supply shopping. We got most of the things we needed at Office Depot without too much trouble, but we had to abandon a whole cart of stuff at Target because all of their registers were down. It was one of those days when you just put the cold stuff back and walk away. My previous trip to Target had involved a very uncomfortable event with a check-out clerk who was monumentally horrid to the poor lady in front of me. She didn't speak English. He accused her of trying to steal a storage bin after he forgot to scan it. I stepped in and spoke up. You all know how non-confrontational I am, but someone needed to do something. I think I might have to give up on Target for the next 2 years. Target is just not relaxing here. It's the opposite of relaxing. It's actively painful, and I'm not willing to drive way out into the suburbs to find a relaxing Target. Luckily, Amazon Prime has same-day delivery here. It's all kinds of awesome. Amazon Pantry takes a couple of days, but I can order cereal and Soft Scrub from my couch. WIN.
There was one weekend when we all headed out of the house. We went to the National Building Museum. They had a fun iceberg display going on. I have no idea what iceberg have to do with architecture and HUD, but it was fun to see all of the preschool kids running around in the icebergs. The boys were by far the oldest kids in the building, but they found some things that interested them. It's amazing to me that they always find something interesting to enjoy when I drag them to these random places. Charlie spent about 20 minutes with an interactive Godzilla/building game. (I wasn't supposed to take photos, but I'm a REBEL.) We were done after less than an hour, which wasn't a good value for the high price of admission, but at least we can say we've been there.
We had an excellent lunch afterwards at The Dubliner restaurant and Irish pub afterwards. It's become one of my favorite lunch places when we're in DC.
The rest of the outings the past couple of weeks were smaller, and less news-worthy.
We finally remembered to walk up to the local farmer's market. It's only on Thursday afternoons, so it's hard for me to remember to go. We bought peaches and pie. Both were excellent, so I hope to make it part of my weekly routine.
We made a third wasted attempt to find a good aquarium store for David. He has now given up on trying to find one. Poor David. He really misses having a fish tank.
We found a used/vintage video game and console store for Charlie. It's way the heck out from the city, but he's finally happy to have a source for old Sonic cartridges and geeky conversation with like-minded obsessives.
We went into the city to buy me a decadent box of my favorite Leonidas Belgian chocolates. THAT was worth the Metro ride, even with the maintenance slow downs we've seen lately. I need to stick one of the shop's cards in David's wallet as a hint, because it's near a Metro stop along his commute home.
I made the boys get time-for-school hair cuts. I'm not sure that we'll go back to the barber we tried. Charlie's haircut didn't turn out very well. He was pretty upset about it for about 24 hours, until I finally gave up on being sympathetic and positive. I admitted, that yes, the bangs did look a little dorky, and a lot like Spock hair from Star Trek. Then he was suddenly ok with it! Either he just wanted me to be honest and agree with him about it being a bad haircut, or he thinks Spock hair is cool. Eh, I'm just glad he's stopped crying. Kids are weird.
That's about it for the past couple of weeks.
Now it's time for vacation! We're flying to Florida for a 4-day visit to Universal Orlando. Tommy is super excited about all the Harry Potter things. I'm just looking forward to a little break from being the person in charge of keeping people active and fed and happy. I'm not planning to take my big camera, but I promise to take a bunch of phone photos to post next week. Hooray for restaurants and roller coasters and gift shops and family time and cocktails by the pool!