I am what the kids call these days, "cray cray". For those of you old fogies, that's CRAZY. I'm sure you already knew I was a little much, though. After MOPS on Monday (an awesome guy taught us about self defense- way to power me up!), I drove to DC. (Wait, what?) Really I didn't just drive all the way to DC. I drove to a town called Fort Mill, South Carolina (right outside of Charlotte, NC) and stayed with my bestie from 5th-ish grade when we used to live in Alexandria, VA. Cindy and I have been friends for a long time. When my family moved back to FL, we wrote letters. She came to visit me for spring break in 6th grade. I went with her family on a vacation to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico when I was in 10th grade. We also hung out a bunch when I lived in DC a summer during college. We were mega pen pals, then email came along and now facebook makes staying in touch super easy. I hadn't seen her and Matt since there wedding- 11 years ago! So, it was awesome catching up with them and staying in their HUGE house with 2 dogs and cat, Snarfs! Cindy took the morning off so we could run the kids around a park near her house before packing up for the 2nd leg of our journey. It rained a bunch and I lost a credit card at a gas station somewhere but we made it to my sister, Katie's house in Falls Church, VA! Yay! The girls were thrilled to see Aunt Katie (especially when she gave them each a bag of treats and toys). Katie (nor her roommate) was not thrilled to see us on Wednesday morning when no one slept well and the party started super early. So, we rushed to get out and head downtown on a cold morning in the nation's capitol! I downloaded a parking ap on my phone on the drive and found a great spot close to the mall. So, we went to the American History museum and saw a few things but it was so crowded that we soon headed out to take pictures in front of the Washington monument. Abigail threw a temper tantrum about getting back into the stroller and smacked her face. I'm pushing them on the mall and look down to a total blood bath. She's covered in blood (you know when you cut your mouth how it bleeds all over and fast). I was freaking out for a bit there, couldn't get the blood to stop. Marly decided to throw a tantrum too. (We're all over tired, the car is far away, it's cold and windy and I just ran out of snacks <already> oh and we were in such a hurry to get out of Katie's place that I forgot to pack an extra outfit for Abby or bring any cash) Fun spring break enter here! Somehow I got the blood to stop, the carrousel took credit card and everyone was happy again! We went to the Natural Science museum which was super crowded too but we ditched the stroller and weaved our way through the crowd. The girls loved the butterflies and raccoon skeleton (of course) the best! Marly and Abby fell asleep so Ellie and I got hot dogs and ate out on the lawn of the mall. It warmed up a bit, at least the sun came out, which was nice. We walked to the Washington monument then over to see the front of the White House. Then, we walked back to the car and drove to Bethesda to see my cousin, Natalya. She saved my afternoon! The girls played with her older girls- Abigail played with her son, Mamadoo. We ate pizza and drank wine. Katie came over after work. Yay! Saved by a Mississippi cousin! Thursday was better and more low key. We spent the morning at the park next to Katie's place then went to the library in time for a magic show! Later we met up with my friend, Tammi and her 4 boys at the Great Falls. The kids ran around the park and played on the rocks while we caught up. I used to work with Tammi's husband, Sam at the Arena years ago. Sam's moved on big time and now does sales for the Nationals. That afternoon we came back to Katie's place and picked up a few groceries to grill out chicken kabobs. Katie was great about coming home early to spend time with us. We walked up and got ice cream and new fish for her tank! I think my favorite part was putting the kids to bed then sitting up and catching up with Katie over a bottle of wine. Friday Katie took the day off to be with us. We took the metro downtown then hit up the Air & Space museum. We got lucky and stumbled upon a story time with Amelia Earhart! Then they did a craft to make their own airplanes! Super cute! We met a friend of mine next door at the American Indian museum. They had an awesome kids play area so the kids loved it! Sally was in my small group at MOPS here in Jacksonville before they moved (navy wife life). Katie got to see first hand what a runner kid is like. Sally has two boys and they loved running all over the mall and in front of the Capitol. What a fun day! We went back on the metro and then had an early dinner at Cosi. I remember going on a date there long ago and enjoying the smores at the table. Katie made fun of me when I told her about it saying it's like a Panera. Well, the girls still loved it! We brought dinner to my friend, Kelly, too. Kelly was my bestie from 4th grade. She lived in Jacksonville long ago. We moved away first, but her family moved before we got back. She's another awesome pen pal. She was deployed for my wedding, but I got to be a bridesmaid in hers. She and her hubby, Jon came to my 30th Birthday party in Vegas. I get to see her when they come through FL to see Jon's parents in S FL or Kelly's dad in Deltona. But, I had to make it up there to see preggo Kel! We had a quick visit with them and their dog, Bosley.. Then, back to Katie's for bath and bed. I hung out a bit with Katie's room mate and her BF. Quite the party in their 2 bedroom apartment! The next morning I got the girls out quick to give everyone some rest. We walked up to a coffee shop for breakfast then to the park. Then, I met my friend Jeremy and his wife and their 5 month old, Jackson for a play date. I've known Jeremy since kindergarten. He also went to high school with me, too. It was neat catching up with him! We went back to Katie's for lunch. Katie took the girls to the store and dyed Easter eggs while I packed up and then snuck out for Kelly's baby shower. It was great seeing Kelly's mom and meeting her friends while celebrating her sweet baby girl (due in June)! After the party, I grabbed the kids, Katie made us an awesome dinner to go and we headed out. We left at 5pm and I arrived back in Jax at 4am. (Hey, I said I was cray cray earlier). But, seriously, how else would you do this? I think it's much safer to drive at night when the roads are mostly empty and all 3 kids are sleeping. I'm always tired, what difference does it make if it's 2am or 2pm, I sorta feel the same at both times. It's amazing what cherry coke and jellybeans will do to you! The real super mom came at 4am to assist the Easter Bunny....'cause you know the girls were up at 7am ready to see what was in their Easter baskets! Easter Sunday was hazy but it seems like we had a good time. 11:30 mass was packed so we saw it through the chapel in the back. My parents had us, Fr. Vic and the Heron's over for lunch and an egg hunt. I passed out sometime after lunch so I could rally for a bit of unpacking and laundry that night. You know I was in bed right after the girls, though! And now, I am back to normal! Yay! Thank you, Aunt Katie for taking such care of us and opening your home! What a fun spring break! I feel empowered after our adventure!