Wednesday, June 29, 2011

C-ville and DC

This past weekend, we went to C-ville to visit some friends.

We left on Friday, grabbed some snoballs and headed north.

Google mapped 3 different routes at exactly 3 hours and 37 minutes, all within a few miles of each other.  I chose the most direct one and we were off.

30 minutes into the trip and I felt like slamming my head up against the steering wheel. 
It was lots of lights, lots of turns, and lots of 25mph postings.
I have a need for speed, and this just wasn't doing it for me.
{Ok, no, I'm not a speed-aholic, but, I don't like being stuck behind people, going unnecessarily slow}

I thought for sure, we were going to be late, and with Laura promising dinner on the table at the designated arrival time, I felt anxious....and hungry.

Much to my surprise, the trip took exactly 3 hours on the dot!

Call me one happy lady, because that's what I was.

We arrived just after 7 to friendly faces and a home smelling of cooking food, mmm.

We relaxed, conversed, ate, gave the kids their presents, and I didn't get any pictures.

Saturday, we woke up, showered, ate a yummy breakfast, drank some Starbucks {ok a lot of Starbucks}, met up with Jenny & Jason, and headed off to the DC Zoo!

I did get lots of pictures of the zoo, so after much deliberation, these are the ones I decided to share...

Don't smile KennaKat, don't do it, Ah you smiled!  Tantrum averted by a camera and disobedience :)

Ice Cream sharing, cooling in the water, daddies and kids, and rock climbing.

Our group of kids: 1- 6 year old, 1- 5 year old, 2- 4 year olds, 1- 3 year old, and 1- 14 month old.
They got along splendidly, played together, laughed together, and had a great day!

Kenna Kat got a baby elephant and named her Joey, they had a lot of fun together.

At every turn, the kids were climbing and sitting together, we didn't even have to ask for these perfect photo ops!

KennaKat LOVES her daddy!

Hop Hop, follow the trail...we did this all day :)

Kids observing animals, and a cute, happy baby, what could be better?

You might be wondering "did you take any pictures of the animals?"
Well, yes, a few, enjoy :)
I don't know why the picture is so small, you may have to open it in a new page and zoom in.

We had a great day at the zoo.
I felt completely miserable {nauseous}, but still enjoyed myself.
It was a culmination of car sickness, espresso, a bad hot dog, aspirin on an empty stomach, junk food, animal smells, a bathroom that smelled worse than animal smells, etc.

Sunday, Laura and I both woke up feeling pretty terrible, so we didn't make it to the meeting.
The kids slept pretty late.
After showering and packing up, we went to the outside mall for lunch and gelato, shortly after, we headed home.

The kids enjoyed the carousel while the daddy's spun them around, and the mommies sat and watched
Our trip has ended, I decided to take the same route home- 3 hours is my shortest time to C-ville, and I've been there a lot!  My weak stomach finally settled on Monday.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Thanks for a great time Laura & Dave!
{we hope to see you soooooon!}


lovinmesomeKFC said...

Glad you got to see some animals! I absolutely hate the NC zoo because every time I have been you saw very little animals! I have been wanting to take Kaile but dreaded thinking about going here. We might just have to plan a trip where you went! :) The zoo I enjoyed the most was in Hawaii, and I KNOW we won't be visiting there anytime soon!

Candi said...

Looks like a wonderful time. Sorry you were not feeling top notch. :( Glad you're feeling better :)

Jessi Brown said...

Sooooooo...what you're saying is, you came to DC and didn't care to let me know? INTERESTING! Very INTERESTING.......*sniff....haha. Looks like fun! :)

Speckled Kat said...

Hee hee, I thought I might get in trouble for that :) If we were there for more than 4 hours, I would have given you a call, and if I weren't completely nauseous.
Heather, I love our nc zoo! You must have gone at the wrong time. I always have a great experience with the animals being awake and crazy. In DC, almost every exhibit was sleeping or hiding. But it was the afternoon, I think it's nap time then. We had to hunt them down and wait.

Nessa said...

This comment is actually about your playlist. I'm quite enjoying it today, listening to all your songs, they are great! Putting me in a nice mellow mood, great way to start my long weekend.