All expenses paid vacation– nice hotel in Georgetown, good food, and fun combined with some work at the ALA conference at the DC conference center.
Dan worked most of the time, while Ava and I explored the city. By far the best park I’ve ever seen for toddlers was Georgetown’s Rose Park. Ava loved playing in the sandbox and on the numerous play sets. The Little Tykes cars were icing on the cake. On the way back from the park, I’m pushing Ava in the stroller back to the hotel and I trip on an uneven cobblestone. Eh, so what, right? Yeah– that little stone lip broke my flip flops.
So do I walk through the streets of Georgetown barefoot, or do I try to maneuver the flip flop to stay on my foot as I drag it along? I tried the gimp walk for about a block and in those painfully long 20 minutes, I couldn’t do it any longer. So barefoot we went. I just have to say that I’m so glad this happened in DC and not NYC. Could you imagine me tiptoe-ing between the broken glass, dog feces, and other gems found on the NYC streets? At least Georgetown had perfectly clean sidewalks and streets. . .
Dan, Ava & I walked around on the Mall, and up the steps of the Capitol building. For some reason, Ava loved that building. We’d be walking away from it, and that little child is running back towards it. Maybe she was trying to petition our lawmakers? The question is why–an end to the war in Iraq? Impeach the President? Bring some morality back to this country? Maybe just more baby food in the local restaurants?
All in all, our trip to DC was quick, but mahvelous. It was definitely the calm before the storm. As we returned home, we faced the oh-crap-we’re-moving-in-three-days-and-more-than-half-the-house-is-not-packed dilemma.
Luckily we got through it, but I’ll save the drama of the move for another post.
Here are a few Ava classics from the trip: