It’s funny how when we’re standing on the starting line, we can’t even imagine what it’s going to feel like at the end. For years, I have silently mourned this moment, and maybe that did help prepare me, but what I found is that while I’m sad for the closing of this chapter, I am excited for the next. Just like the boys are ready, I am ready, too.
We had two milestone graduations this year. And although the traditional ceremonies and activities were cancelled due to the virus, it didn’t stop us from celebrating and having fun. Matty has officially graduated from 5th grade, which means we are closing the chapter to lower division/elementary school and Davy has graduated from middle school and is off to high school. While I do feel some nostalgia for how things were, I understand that they are changing and it’ll be okay. I’m so proud of them. From their gentle hearts, to the effort they apply to everything. They are amazing and I’m lucky to be their mom.
Here are the highlight photos of Matty. We dressed up for Honor’s Night and he was recognized for being the blue team captain for 5th grade. My little buddy has been the blue team captain now for three years.
Here are the highlight photos of Davy. He finished the year with all A’s and one B, English are we surprised LOL, and he qualified for two honors classes next year: geometry and physics with engineering.
This year, with the kids crazy summer schedules, we weren’t able to take a long summer trip, so we thought it would be fun to spend the 4th of July in D.C. celebrating at our nation’s capital.
Knowing how crowded the city can be for the fireworks, we stayed at a Hilton property close to the National Mall, so we wouldn’t have to walk to far afterward. Of course it’s located right behind the International Spy Museum and my oldest son was beside himself happy LOL. We packed in and saw as much as we could, even with long lines and crazy hot temperatures. We checked off a bucket list city, and I love our memories.
Here’s what we did:
- We walked a lot.
- In all major cities we buy tickets for Big Bus and ride around to see the sights. It gives us a good idea of the layout of the city along with interesting facts.
- Listened to president Trump’s speech from the Lincoln Memorial, while watching the military planes fly over.
- Celebrated the 4th of July fireworks on the National Mall.
- We ate some amazing food from Momofuku, Old Ebbitt Grill, outside cafe at the Willard hotel, and down on the wharf.
- We went to the Spy Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and the National Archives Museum to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
- We rode the night tour and saw the Jefferson Memorial, MLK Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
- We rode little scooters all around the National Mall to visit some of sights: Washington Monument, Capital building, White house, Lincoln Memorial.
- And we completed our trip with a baseball game with the Washington Nationals.
Vacation Day 4!
Today, we headed south out of Portland and straight into Willamette Valley. Known for its Pinot Noir’s and sweeping views we had to stop at a few before heading into Northern California for the night.
2. Domaine Serene
3. White Rose Estate
4. Stoller – boys loved playing frisbee golf
Here we took a break and headed to Eugene. Drop through the University of Oregon to show the boys and passed the Ducks Stadium.
5. Sweet Cheeks
6. Kings Estate – here we sat outside and ate dinner.
Vacation Day 3!
Today we drove out of Seattle. Our first stop was at Snoqualmie Falls. This waterfall is the tallest in the state of Washington. Next we drove to Mt. Rainer National Park. Just outside the park is Crystal Mountain. There we took a gondola ride to the top where the views were spectacular and we ate lunch at Summit House. It was 42 degrees and the boys loved the snow patches. After the drive through the park, we headed down to Portland. In Portland we stayed at the Nines Hotel. We snacked in the roof and then ate at The Urban Farmer restaurant. Our waitress mentioned to the chef that Davy is in a bee club at school, so he came out and took us on a tour of their rooftop garden, showed us their rooftop apiary, and then their aquaponics garden in the basement of the hotel. It was an awesome personal touch experience.