Damien had his first and second soccer games this week. I was super nervous because his first game was on a Monday night, at a soccer field he’s never been to before, on the first day back to school following spring break…Recipe for disaster! But Damien likes to surprise me and he was PERFECT. He was very motivated and even when he wasn’t playing, he cheered on his team from the side. I was very proud of him. Unfortunately though he is still really disinterested in participating in soccer practice. He refused to practice on Wed, but was on his game when it came time for his second game today. Damien’s skill on the team is that he’s good at kicking the ball away from the other team or blocking them from scoring. I just wish he’d cooperate during practice!
This Friday was our 11-year wedding anniversary. We wanted to do something special so we went out for dinner at the Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Virginia Beach. I’ve been hearing great things over the years about their delicious steaks so this seemed like a great excuse to try it out. It’s a la carte and the portions are “family-style” for sharing. Scott had the bone-in filet and I had the petite filet and we shared lobster mac & cheese, bbq shrimp, grilled asparagus, and white chocolate bread pudding. Everything was so good and that lobster mac & cheese was the best dish–YUM!
Katrina likes to lay on my lap from time to time, but she’s been EXCEPTIONALLY cuddly since we’ve been back from our DC trip. She loves me <3
Since the Smithsonian Museums didn’t open until 10am, we slept in and had a nice, slow morning. We were ready early enough to walk around the museum area and take some pictures while we waited.
My overall impression of Washington DC is that it’s not for me. There were SOOOO many people everywhere that it was hard to really get to enjoy anything. It seemed to mainly be school-aged children on field trips. The security checkpoints were inconvenient and I wished I would have known about them ahead of time since they weren’t included in my planning. The trip felt rushed at times and I still didn’t get to see everything and what I did get to see was competing with other tourists and then time to move on to the next thing. I guess I just didn’t know how to plan properly for it. If I ever go back, I’ll plan better. I’ll end with the positives of the trip. The train was nice. In contrast to DC, there wasn’t ANY security for the trains. I didn’t even have to show an ID card. The seats were comfy and I enjoyed the freedom to move around. The DC mall area was clean and well-kept. I LOVED all the flowers and greenery. Almost all of the people we encountered from the servers to the tourists were nice (for the exception two security people and the traffic/car horns). The weather was acceptable. It was a little bit windy and chilly at times, but we missed most of the rain. And lastly, I got to see our Nation’s Capitol up-close! I can at least cross it off my list of places to see. ‘Merica! 😀
And thanks again to Robbie, Naomi, and Sarah for opening up their home to Damien for the trip. He had a GREAT time!
Scott and I went on a two-day adventure to Washington DC this week while Damien spent some quality time with his Uncle Robbie, Aunt Naomi and Sarah during his spring break. Scott went to DC on a high school trip but didn’t remember anything nor does he have any pictures and it was my first time visiting. We packed a lot into two days, but we didn’t even come close to seeing a fraction of the city. Too much to see! It was also Scott’s and my first time riding the train which turned out to be an enjoyable experience. Scott and I didn’t want to drive in DC at all and while it did take us a lot longer to get there and back, our commute was stress-free.
At the conclusion of day one, I wished we didn’t have to lug around our backpacks everywhere. The hotel check-in wasn’t until 3pm so we had to endure. The hotel room was acceptable and SUPER close to the Smithsonian Museums, but it didn’t have a bathtub to soak my tired body and you could hear the sounds from the hallway as though it was in the room with you. Looking forward to day two after some much needed rest.