5 Thoughts from the Week
1. My sister is pregnant, so instead of our usual frolicking around DC until 9 or 10:00 pm, we hunkered down in our PJs each night and watched movies. We even let Brooks and my niece, Kate, stay up later than usual to watch some of our favorite childhood movies. We watched Harry and the Hendersons, Curly Sue, and Big. If you’re feeling stressed lately and need to laugh and fondly reminiscence, put on some of your favorite childhood flicks. It works, I’m telling you.
2. Brooks has a loose tooth! He is beyond excited. It started yesterday when he was trying to eat an apple while touring the monuments and said his tooth hurt. So he and I wiggled it and sure enough, it’s as loose as can be. I was the master tooth puller when I was a little girl, so he and I have both been wiggling it to death. I’m getting that thing out of there.
3. We went to all of the monuments and war memorials yesterday. They all affect me differently, but for some reason the Vietnam memorial hit me hard yesterday. I never noticed, but Todd told me how they built the wall to block out Constitution Ave. so it’s really quiet as you walk along it. Just walking in the quiet and looking at all of those thousands of names was so moving. Then at the WW II memorial, a group of veterans were together on a trip. Seeing all of them (many in wheel chairs) with their WW II hats was such a beautiful site. They are so honored to have fought for our freedoms and I was certainly honored to share that space with them yesterday.
4. We have encountered so many nice people over the past few days. People opening the door for the stroller, people giving up seats on the Metro when they saw we had two small children. Folks assisting with directions when we were trying to walk to Chinatown, etc. etc. I noticed this time more than ever how kind people can be. No matter the geographic area or gender or race, people are people and for the most part, people are kind to others. That makes me happy.
5. Spring break is wrapping it up. It’s been so great to be with my little family this week and have some fun together. I really appreciate times like this. I don’t really notice how little quality time we spend together until we slow down and actually hang out. I’ve tried to be mindful of my time with Todd, the boys and my sister’s family. I’ve tried to put work away, to an extent. And if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been taking lots of pictures. I am a very visual person so pictures always help solidify memories for me.
5 Photos from the Week