Washington, DC

Friday morning, we drove from Norfolk to Washington, DC to pick up Vijay from the airport.  The kids and I were all excited to see him; it was great to have family time after a week apart.  We had a great weekend in DC starting with sight seeing and museum hopping. The National Muesum of Art, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, International Spy Museum, the National Archives…It is so easy to focus on what we didn’t see, what we did see was wonderful. It was so inspiring to see these symbols of our Nation.  It was fun for all of us as a family too because it was a first time for us all.

The weekend ended  relaxing with family.  Vijay’s entire immediate family was there, a rarity.   It was great fun to see nieces and nephews and watch all the cousins together.  I love the time that the kids can spend together.  As other’s with families spread across the country know, any time together is a gift and a blessing.  Every moment is one to be cherished.

Virginia Beach

Yesterday we spent the day at the beach. The little girl with us in my cousin’s granddaughter.  It was a fantastic and fun day….waves, sandcastle, little girls as mermaids, picnic food with a little extra sand for flavor and snow cones.  We had an exciting sighting of several dolphins, no pics they were too far out, but we did see one jump out of the water and my little one swears one did a tail walk.  Not much to say, just a lot of snaps to enjoy!

 

Ok, one reflection and looking at the pictures, I have more to say.  You  are not really that surprised, are you?  Our little cousin was an awesome trooper to spend the day with us, as we live cross-country.  She is just a joy to be around.  I was so proud of my kids too, watching all three of them around their cousin.  They were so solicitous of her, the boys carrying her beach bag, holding her hands when she went in the waves.  It was one of those days were as a parent you feel you are doing something right.  I know however it is not all my husband and I.  Much of the credit goes to my kid’s older cousins how always take care of them, play games with them and are just generally wonderful to their younger cousins.  So a big thank you Prashant, Jay, Shruti, Alex, Vishna & Haley.  And so it goes in family, passing it forward to the next generation.