Once again, Josh and I both ran. The routine eventually became:
SHU run @ 6:45 (I got up about an hour before for coffee, reading + sometimes blogging purposes)
SHU arrive back at 7:45. Kids just starting to get up. SHU orchestrate kid showers while Josh runs 7:45 – 8:45.
SHU takes kids to breakfast @ 8:30ish // Josh meets after showering and we finish up by 9:30.
It worked pretty well. I would totally follow that schedule again!
Our plans for the day were Spy Museum and then I thought we might do a hike around the Tidal Basin. BUTTTTT the weather was kind of iffy AND I think we all needed a little down time, so we ended up back at our hotel from around 3p – 6p.
The big kids enjoyed the Spy Museum. G did not. She ended up outside with me + a snack after about 30 minutes. Oh well. I’ve been there before (to the older location).
Testing ninja strength:
Group shot of grandparents/grandchidren before my parents took the train back to PHL:
HOWEVER at Zaytinya we did get dessert:
Headed back home now!
Annabel and I hit Jenni Bick this morning!!!! It was like Jetpens COME TO LIFE!!!!!! Two amazing stationery store experiences in one trip = heaven.
Sadly they do NOT carry April start Hobonichi products though they do stock every fall for the January launch.
This trip was excellent. My only minor complaint is that I did not LOVE our hotel (Marriott Residence Inn Dupont Circle). It was perhaps worth it because having 2 bedrooms is hard to come by in DC, but we would have been better off perhaps in an airbnb because it was just not the world’s nicest — and I am comparing it to other family oriented hotels we’ve stayed at, not the Four Seasons. It seemed like it should have been less expensive than it was, but maybe it was the space/location combo.
Otherwise I think we had a fun mix of activities, AMAZING food, and a high level of activity that wasn’t exhausting. I would have loved to add a show or some kind of performance — next time!
The kids overall are at a great age for traveling. Their worst behavior was at Zaytinya which was (probably not coincidentally) after some iPad time — which they didn’t have much of on this trip, because we stayed busy! Personally, I loved running most of the days (ran 4/5) and I had a glass of wine 3/5 nights which felt about right.
I spent some time scheming our 2024 travel schedule and I think I have it figured out — I LOVE doing this on vacation! C picked out his ’10 year old trip’ destination (this DC trip was Annabel’s, though a year late!).