We made it! To the end! Hurray! I combined Saturday and Sunday into one post since we were out of town for the weekend.
We got early on Saturday, packed up the car, and headed out.
The amazing thing is that Chris wanted to leave at 6:50, and we actually did it.
It was an easy, pretty drive.
We met some friends in Philadelphia for an incredible breakfast at Sabrina's. I had stuffed French toast that was so decadent and so good. Then we all headed over to the Franklin Institute and walked up into a giant heart.
I made paper! I haven't unrolled it yet to see it dry. She said I could write on it after 24 hours.
The Franklin Institute is currently hosting a traveling Lego exhibit called The Art of the Brick. It was very cool and well worth the extra admission. This amazing T. rex was made of 80,000 Legos!
A quick photo op with Ben before we left.
We took a little break at this fountain. Joey and I had a great time watching a golden retriever repeatedly fetch a tennis ball from the water.
Our friends live in New Jersey, about an hour outside of Philadelphia. They have a beautiful Victorian home and a great backyard. We really enjoyed spending the rest of Saturday catching up with them. The weather in the evening was just perfect for a fire and we sat out there for hours, roasting marshmallows and laughing a lot.
Our kids' schedules were out of whack from the long day, so we didn't sleep great Saturday night and everybody woke up early Sunday morning! (note my yawn in the photo with Teddy.) But everyone was in good spirits and we enjoyed fresh bagels and eggs for breakfast. The kids had a good time crawling around together—I liked this picture Chris took of the baby parade!
Our friend is a tuba player and all week before our trip Joey talked about how Alex would play his tuba for Joey and Joey would ask him if he could play the tuba. Sunday morning before we left, Alex began to play and Joey refused to look at him and clung to me for dear life. Oh, toddlers.
I really love this photo because Joey has been really afraid of dogs for the last few months. We are trying really hard to overcome that fear and he's been making good progress recently. Alex and Lisa have two chihuahuas and when we arrived on Saturday Joey was terrified of them, but here he is Sunday morning, voluntarily petting one after she jumped into his chair. Go Joey!
Back to Virginia we went.
Once we were home, we took naps and were very lazy for a few hours. Then our friends Toby and Rucha invited us over for dinner and a swim and we happily accepted. The pool water was so cold but Joey didn't let that stop him. He started out the summer pretty timid in the water at my parents' house but there was no sign of that here. I love watching him shed his fears.
Rucha is a clarinet player and Joey asked her for a little concert. No fear this time! She let him "help" her and explore the different keys, which he really enjoyed. After their delicious dinner we came home and put the boys to bed. As I begin to write this post, 3 hours later, they are still wide awake and having a party in their room. Meanwhile Chris and I can barely keep our eyes open.
I am glad to be done with Week in the Life 2015! This ended up being a really busy, really social week, which is not necessarily our usual habit. I am exhausted. I'm looking forward to going nowhere tomorrow. I'm excited to put together my album with some of these photos, and I know there are a few that will be some of our favorite pictures this year. I also am planning to look through all my notes and photos and write down some overall thoughts and observations about our week and our habits, which will be great to have in the album.
Thank you everyone for reading along and for all the kind comments. See you all again back here next year, haha!