But here's the cool part: it was FUN and I'd do it again!
Curtis's parents had been talking about doing a big family trip for a few years now, and it was finally decided we needed to just do it. We all live so far apart from each other (Hawaii, California, Utah, Maine) and our kids really didn't know some of their cousins at all. How sad is that??
So, we chose Washington, D.C., as our meeting spot (for all but Anthony, who is stationed with the Marines in Hawaii and couldn't come, as he just got married and his wife is expecting soon). Jim and Lorna rented a big house outside of D.C. that, once kid-proofed by safely moving all the tall glass vases and crystal bowls that decorated nearly every surface, proved to be a fantastic spot for our family reunion. Tons of space, tons of bathrooms, a pool, huge kitchen - it was perfect for our crew of 18 people.
Anyway. On to the photos! (And there are lots - be warned.)
The car, the car, the car. We are very good friends with our car these days.
|Annie and Grandpa Rice making friends.|
|Aunt Karen showing Kathryn something on her phone. Dex, |
after observing everyone else's phones, asked if the ancient
flip phone that Curtis and I still have was a toy phone. No, kid,
it's just that your parents are phenomenally uncool. And cheap.
Our first museum - the Air and Space Museum by Dulles Airport, not the one in D.C. itself. This is the one with the really big planes and the Discovery space shuttle. This was super awesome because Curtis's dad, Dr. Carl James Rice, is an astrophysicist who had two projects go up on Discovery. We tried to impress upon the kids how really, really cool this is and get the requisite shot of Grandpa and the kids in front of the shuttle.
|Photo by Marc Rice - thanks for this and a few others here!|
Viv and her cousin Conner "flying" a little plane.
Space suits are cool!
Grandma comforting Betty after she was (very gently) reprimanded by a museum worker for going behind a roped-off area. Betty was so startled and upset she began crying hysterically and then threw up a little. That was fun.
Cool shot of cousin Conner and the Enola Gay.
Kids playing the Wii, McKenna playing the piano.
The breakfast table.
The kids loooooved this aquarium.
Dex showing off his newly purchased t-shirt from the gift shop. He had to wear the t-shirt IMMEDIATELY, which was a good thing, because, as you can see, he had an official Stegosaurus Club meeting shortly thereafter, and you feel so lame if you don't have your official club shirt. I mean, seriously.
Am now feeling tiiired and think I ought to sign off, but there will be more photos to come, and fun little stories about 99 degree weather, one zillion percent humidity and a full day at Colonial Williamsburg. Oh yes we did.