National Zoo + Air and Space Museum

Last week we took a little family trip to the National Zoo and the Air and Space Museum. Let me tell you, it was HOT! Maybe we were crazy, but I figured we could be hot at home or we could be hot doing something fun. I think looking back I was crazy. The kids had fun at the zoo, but didn't hold up incredibly well. It was just too hot, despite some shade, misters, and lots to drink. But, we made a memory.

The tumbling bear sculpture could also represent my sons! Because they tumble all the time!

Ahhhh, the mist!

The Giant Pacific Octopus is also a huge favorite at our house.

Owen woke up the morning of the zoo trip singing a cheetah song, saying he was going to see his cheetah friends. Let me tell you, that boy loves cheetahs!

Sadly there are no cheetah pictures, because although we got to see them, they were sleeping pretty far away in the shade.

After lunch and a snooze in the car on the ride over, it was onto the Air and Space Museum!

The left picture is how I look most of the time: "Let's not climb on that, crawl under that, jump on that!" :)

The Air and Space Museum was packed out, but the boys and Sophia enjoyed seeing all the space and aircraft. But we were whipped out, let me tell you, when the day was over!

Seashells and Sand

We had our first family vacation in three years a week ago. We went to Ocean City, NJ. We'd never been there before and we enjoyed our time so much. Unfortunately, the kids all got Hand Foot and Mouth disease while we were there. But thankfully, we were still able to still make memories, relax, and get lots of reading done.

The beach was awesome. The sand was as soft as powder and shells were all over the sand waiting to be discovered by little eager hands. The boys loved going on our "night hikes" when we went out after supper to find the shells that had come up in high tide.

We had delicious donuts--made to order while you wait--at Browns on the boardwalk, which we enjoyed while watching the surfers.

The boys were excited to see a Baleen whale jaw at the Cape May Lighthouse.

And we climbed up to the top of the lighthouse, which happens to still be used today.

The Cape May Zoo was another fun adventure.

What is it with Episcopal churches? The architecture is always unique and grounds are often beautiful.
And this was our place for the week. We had an apartment over the main level. It was perfect for us and just a block from the beach!
Can't wait until next year!