Damon and I decided to celebrate his first birthday with a flight to Virginia to visit Grandma Brown. Thanks to some wonderful friends here who helped take care of the girls during workdays, Damon and I were able to spend a week at Grandma's visiting family, helping out around the house, and even seeing some sights.
It turned out to be a great time to go: we got to be there for two other cousin birthdays, a baptism, and Mother's day! It was neat, and unusual, for me to hang out with Steven's family without Steven, but it was a nice reminder of what a great choice I made to marry him. I loved hanging out, playing piano duets, and watching episodes of "As Time Goes By" and "One Step Beyond" with Linda; watching a local "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with Linda and Heather (courtesy of Rachel's babysitting!); chatting with Heather and Richard on car rides to DC; visiting with Jason and Tashia; and of course seeing all the local nieces and nephews!
|Damon opens his birthday presents from Grandma Brown|
|Damon and Uncle Richard|
|Savannah, Damon, Caleb, and Lindsey at Caleb's baptism|
|Damon, Joshua, and Caleb get ready to pick up chicks outside the ladies' room|
|Damon's cousin Tiana is a baby lover like her mom!|
|Showing off his Texas rodeo skilz at the carpet store|
|Showing off my great new 'do, courtesy of my niece Rachel!|
Anyway, Damon and I had a fun day in DC. We saw Smithsonians...
And ate lunch on the lawn of the Capitol building.
Then we visited the monuments:
Including the new MLK one, which I hadn't seen yet. I made sure to get Damon's picture in front of the controversial (and misleading) drum major quote, before it gets changed.
Altogether we had a wonderful trip. And, as an added bonus, when we got home, Steven and the girls all acted especially appreciative to have me back.