Jack got in bed with me around 7:30 this morning. No matter how tired he is at night the boy gets up early! I walked to Pluma again, but this time they didn’t have any chocolate pistachio croissants! That’s all I knew I was getting, so that was a bummer. Instead I got some ham and gruyere croissants, monkey breads and a gruyere and shallot tart and then stopped in at Trader Joe’s on my way back to get some milk for the boys. I also bought some veggie chips that taste like Styrofoam cardboard and truffle potato chips that are kind of bitter. That stinks. I’m planning on getting some French onion dip to disguise those flavors.
I’d made a note that there was an Avon rep in the house on the corner selling mosquito repellant, so I texted her and went to her house before going to get breakfast. Come to find out this stuff isn’t marketed as repellant, it just works well for so many people. She told me it was $12, I told her I was thinking more along the lines of $5, and we agreed on $6. I hope this stuff works great!
We checked out at 11. As we were loading up the truck some maintenance guys started blocking off the street; but when they saw that we were leaving they waited for us to finish up. The woman who owns the Airbnb came out to thank us for our stay so we chatted a bit. It was a great place; the king size bed wasn’t the most comfortable but it was wonderful that it was a king! I loved the fact that we got our truck off the street, too; and since it was so close to downtown we could walk to some places and Uber wasn’t too expensive. We probably broke even with not having to pay for parking. I did tell her that we needed hooks in the bathroom; there was only 1 hook for our towels, and even the ring for the hand towel was so wobbly I was worried about it falling out of the wall if Jack wasn’t careful. The first night we were just a little warm (I think the comforter is polyester so that traps the heat), but as soon as Ted emailed them upstairs and asked them to lower the temp they did. Overall we were super pleased with our stay.
We drove an hour to the Udvar-Hazy Washington Dulles Airport museum. Ted really wanted to see the shuttle there.
Ted and Max went off while I followed Jack around. Jack has behaved himself this trip, but it’s obvious that he’s tired of going and seeing the things we had planned. Not enough fast food playgrounds to suit him! After a while I found a sim for Jack to fly.
This sign on the main floor cracked me up.
It was so exciting to see Eddie Rickenbacker’s uniform there…his book is a favorite of mine.
When Ted and Max had seen a lot (because really, you can never see it all!) we stopped at the McDonald’s right there in the building for fries and shakes. Then we watched the iMax Aircraft Carrier 3D movie. It was so awesome; they computer generated some parts to show how the engines and other cool parts work. There was a life-size cardboard display for Solo as we walked into the theater so I asked if the boys could get their pictures taken there.
We went up to the observation tower and watched a few planes come in. That will always be fascinating to me!
When we got in the truck to leave we saw some people stopped on the side of the road and realized they were plane watching, too. I took so many photos; it was so hard to narrow them down to put here!
We finally headed out to a Fulltime Families recommended restaurant for burgers, The Burger Shack. I saw loaded tots on the menu and got those, and while they were good I’m sorely disappointed I didn’t get a burger. Max gave me a bite and it was great! Jack ate his sliders on the way while we drove to a nearby park so he could play. It was hot as blue blazes outside and there was a summer camp group there, so as soon as the rest of us finished eating and he’d played about 5 minutes more we headed out to the hotel an hour away in Front Royal.
We checked into the hotel. Our burgers had been so late that we weren’t super hungry for supper, so we went to Fantasyland Park and stayed there for more than an hour. Then Ted found us a fun ice cream shop where they didn’t have usual flavors. I got a scoop based off of Watergate salad with pineapple, pecans and pistachio ice cream. It was pretty good. Then we hit up Wendy’s so Ted could get a burger and we both got chocolate frostys there. Max started feeling yucky today so he didn’t have much to eat.