Day 4, Sunday

Cousins…waiting for parents to get ready for church.

After church we headed for Arlington Cemetery where we saw the spot where they buried the Kennedy that just died and also witnessed the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Sunset on the Potomac…gorgeous.

My friend Abby told me when we first moved here that the best time to see the monuments is at night…we ended up at the lincoln monument as the sun was setting and I have to say that Abby was right…it was beautiful. Here is Nick and I on the steps of the Lincoln monument overlooking the reflecting pool…Nick managed to wake up for the day and join us!

Day 3!

To start off the day, Nick got up bright and early for us and got tickets to go to the top of the Washington Monument at 10 am.

The rest of us barely made it in time…between kids throwing up, road construction and parking…it was an adventure! But we made it…with a few seconds to spare. Sadly, the humidity that day fogged up the little windows at the top so we had to peer through the drips in condensation to catch a glimpse of the view.

Next on the agenda was the Air and Space Museum. (Except for Nick, next on his agenda was sleeping…the rest of the day, haha)

Stroller buddies!

Then the Museum of Natural History

And as we were leaving we happened to catch the funeral procession of the late Senator Kennedy that died.

Day 2…..

Taking care of three kids…
Dustin and Nicole headed in to DC to see some of the stuff that would be too “boring” for the kids. So I stayed home with the kids. And boy were we busy…

Carson LOVED playing tug of war and fetch with Zoey


Sadie thought Jonah might like some goldfish

And my favorite part of the day was NAPTIME! Is that bad to say? Seriously though, naps are God’s gift to mothers!

Hunter Family comes to visit….Day 1

Baltimore Aquarium!
My sister Nicole, her husband Dustin and kids Carson and Mersadie came to visit for a week! The first day they were here we headed to the aquarium…

Cute little Mersiade

Looking at frogs and snakes

Looking at birds and monkeys

Watching the dolphin show…Carson loved it!

This flip is half the show. It was a pretty short dolphin show, nothing like seaworld.


So someone told me that Jonah always looked surprised…and I realized they might be on to something…

Zoey doing her new trick “play dead” and Jonah practicing with her.

I can’t believe how much they grow in 3 months! Our friends the Wellner’s had their baby Chloe on Saturday.

Marriage retreat

We spent this last weekend on a marriage retreat in Williamsburg VA. They did some marriage communication classes and also had some free time to explore. We started off the retreat by doing a fire drill at 4 AM at the hotel! Someone decided it would be fun to set off the fire alarm. I’ve never experienced a hotel middle of the night fire drill…so that was fun, I guess.

For our free time on Saturday we decided to go to Jamestown. The very first settlement in America! On display there they have replicas of the ships that brought the people to the settlement…the susan constant, discover and godspeed.

Jamestown is where Pocahontas met John Rolfe. It’s also where John Smith lived…but unlike the disney movie, he never had a thing with Pocahontas.

Sweet Jonah, sleeping away.

Powhatan Indians (Pocahontas’ tribe!) used to make canoes like this…they would cut down the tree used FIRE! they would put clay about four feet up the trunk all the way around to stop the burning…then they’d chop the tree as it burned. They did the same thing to hollow it out. The guy manning this station was awesome…he was so into it. He even had prescription colonial glasses, I wish I’d gotten a picture!

Replica of the first settlement. (There was also an Indian village but I didn’t get pictures.)

Super cool hat that we didn’t buy.

Then we headed to Yorktown for a stroll on the beach. Lovely.

Except for the jellyfish.

Oh yeah, and we learned how to better communicate as a couple 🙂

Day 7…last day.

Last day of fun with the Lloyd family…we spent it in DC catching up on the last things everyone wanted to do such as shopping, art museum and natural history museum. This is Jonah next to the dinosaur that is on his shirt!

Day 5 & 6

Day 5: Nick and I stayed home with Jonah while the rest of the Lloyd clan made the journey to Williamsburg.

Day 6: Jonah’s blessing!

And a day of rest….

And hanging out just relaxing