7th grade (full circle) Washington Trip

Twenty six years ago I traveled with the same school, under the supervision of the same Middle School Head, to the same city and same hotel. Fast forward, and I am now the ‘adult’ (I use that term loosely) taking my daughter and her classmates on the very same trip. In all these years, I have never been back to DC and boy did we have a good time. A blizzard, a blind convention, and the stomach bug were waiting for us when we arrived in DC with 100 students and chaperones. And you know what? We had a blast!

 

With piles of snow abound, and federal buildings shut down for the better part of our trip, these kids quickly learned how to adapt and make the most of their ever changing itinerary. By the end of the trip, we managed to hit most everything including the Capitol, White House (although we weren’t able to go in for our scheduled tour), Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art (my favorite!), The Holocaust Museum, Museum of American History, Museum of Natural History, Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, MLK Memorial, and on and on. We managed to squeeze in ice skating, a snowball fight and Embassy Row.

 

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Subway ride- a first for many of our travelers.

 

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Our rain boots came in hand– the snow came to my thighs.

 

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A sweet group of 7th grade girls! Drama free trip.

 

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Library of Congress

 

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The changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetary

 

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I can remember that trip, as a 7th grade student myself so vividly. To date, probably one of the biggest full circle parenting moments….

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When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons…. or in our case, when the temperature is falling to 29 and life forces you to gather all your lemons, what to do? By golly, make some lemonade! I’ve received great suggestions from ice cubes, lemon cakes to lemon martinis! Who knew that this little fruit was so versatile.  For several years now I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, at our previous home to grow healthy lemons from our little Meyers tree. Finally, after inheriting this 13 year old Meyers tree we finally got us some lemons.  About 50 to be exact. A good life lesson…. when you suddenly have something that you weren’t expecting, find a way to make good use of it. Make you some lemonade! And so we shall (once it warms up just a tad)…

 

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Happy New Year, 2016

Happy New Year, 2016

The the arrival of rain and cold weather on New Year’s Eve, I took it upon myself to buy some fixing’s for a yummy supper- salmon, broccoli, baguettes, celebratory cupcakes and a nice bottle of champagne. Instead, my crew opted for frozen waffles to ring in the New Year. Mr. R and I thought we would have our own celebration splitting both a bottle of wine and champagne. Which probably explains why I went to bed at 2 am and woke up at 5 am. Something in red wine makes me bug eyed before the sun comes up. But that’s okay, it’s a new year, new day, new resolutions. So long 2015, you were good to us!

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November 2015--- deserves a second post because it was that speical

November 2015— deserves a second post because it was that speical

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Raynes will miss the daily UPS deliveries, and I will miss 2015…. but looking forward to what 2016 will bring.