I should probably wrap up 2017 before the calendar flips over. I didn't do a good job of posting stuff here this fall, so this will probably be a photo dump. But that's ok! I like having a clean slate on January first. I'm already thinking of fun things to write about once 2017 is well behind us.
School didn't start until after Labor Day. I think the boys felt much happier on the first day of school this year than they did last year! They had friends and the schools were no longer scary, unfamiliar places. There were fewer tears and more smiles the first week.
We continued to make the most of our weekends in this interesting temporary home. We went for walks in the city and checked more monuments and museums off our master list.
We also went for a long hikes in various pockets of Virginia woods within Arlington. It was humid and buggy and sticky, but also beautiful. These photos are from the Billy Goat Trail.
The boys and I explored the Georgetown area a bit one Saturday, and met our friend Megan for cupcakes.
At the end of the month, I went off on my own to visit my friend Debra in Colorado. It was a special time for us both, and I'm so glad we were able to sit and talk and lean on each other for a few days. I know the visit helped me face the grey, blustery fall days that lay ahead. Plus, she took me to the Celestial Seasoning tea factory!
We started October with a fabulous day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival with my friend Stephanie and her boys. We saw a daring knife throwing show, a jousting competition and tried a bit of axe throwing before spending a ton of cash on snacks and souvenirs.
The second weekend of October, we went to an art festival in Alexandria. I saw a famous-on-Twitter political conspiracy theory guy while we were wandering the booths, but I was too bashful to ask for a picture. We did buy some beautiful watercolors of DC for David, so he can remember his time working near the Smithsonian Castle.
My friends Smitha, Rochelle and Agatha all had fall birthdays, so we celebrated with breakfast at I-HOP after our kids left for school. It's baby friendly! I absolutely love these wonderful ladies.
David's brother, sister-in-law and nephew came to visit us for a weekend. We hadn't seen them it a while, and they'd only recently moved from New Jersey to a town near Charlottesville, VA. We did a whirlwind tour of kid-friendly places, including the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the National Zoo.
Charlie's best friend in our neighborhood got a tiny puppy. They named the puppy Charlie. Charlie the puppy gives Charlie the boy snuggles and face-licks every day after school. Both Charlies are very, very cute in my opinion.
Charlie had his first sleep-away camping experience in October. The whole 5th grade went to a hands-on science "outdoor lab" for two days and one night. Sadly, it was incredibly rainy and windy that night, so they ended up pitching their tents outside in the afternoon but then moving their stuff indoors for the night. He was very disappointed by this! I'm not sure that he had a GOOD time, but it was an experience he will remember.
Finally, we finished off October with Halloween...as you. David had a lot of work travel in October, so he wasn't here for Halloween. This was the first time he's missed out on trick-or-treating with the boys. Sadly, I'm not an very good alternate parent for this one event. It went ok, but we will be looking forward to a better Halloween next year. At least their costumes were a big hit! Tommy made himself a Charlie Brown ghost costume, and Charlie went as one of the spies from the old Spy Vs. Spy Mad Magazine comic.
David says we have to leave to drive down to Charlottesville now, so I will have to finish this up after January first. Bummer! I wanted to get it all done before the end of the year. Oh well. I suppose one or two days after the start of the new year will be ok. To be continued...