Nothing like a somewhat spontaneous trip to our nations capital over Spring Break! We hadn’t been in about 8 years or so we figured it was time to take the kids to explore the National Mall and of course ride the Metro and take in all the history and sites. Jeff’s mom took us to visit Washington D.C. for the first time 16 years ago this month in the spring of 2001(before kids and pre-9/11) Ever since that trip we have stayed in Old Town Alexandria at the Embassy Suites which is directly in front of the King Street Metro Station. We were so excited to get a great rate for this week which also included an amazing free hot made-to-order breakfast each morning and a managers reception every evening. Plus, our room faced the Metro station which was so fun to sit and people watch on our down time.
But, the real reason we made the trip this week was to connect with our long time friends and fellow adoptive parents Tim and Tonya Connors and Crew! We first met these guys when we lived in Chesapeake, VA and our girls took dance together. Wow, that was like 9 years ago! Our families have both since moved from Chesapeake and for a time the Connors were stationed on the West Coast. Now they’re back on the East Coast and after not seeing each other for about 5 years it was time for a reunion and a chance to meet the youngest kiddos on each side of the family. They had never met Judah and we were getting to meet their sweet boys Thomas and Ben for the first time!
It didn’t take long for the older kids to get reacquainted and for the younger ones to fit right in. We met up early in the day, took the Metro to the Smithsonian, visited a few museums, of course; head counting along the way! Everyone had their buddy to keep up with which was so helpful to us parents. Needing to wind down a bit, we went back to the hotel to hang out and swim and then finished the day with a walk down King Street in Old Town Alexandria and grabbed dinner at a quaint Italian Pizza Parlor together. Yes, a table for 15 please!
We were able to talk in depth with Tim and Tonya about both of their China adoption experiences in bringing Ben and Thomas home. Both of these sweet 6 year olds are living with Down Syndrome and are the most precious little people you will ever meet. They were so cute interacting with the older kids and it did this mama’s heart good to see how my own kids loved on them throughout the day. It was such a full, sweet day that brought so much encouragement and excitement to our hearts for so many reasons. We can hardly wait to get our chance to go to China and bring our daughter home! Thanks Connors Family! Can’t wait to see you all again soon! 🙂