Saturday, November 20, 2010


"Things will work out. God will not give me more than I can handle."  That has been my mantra for the last couple of days.  You know what?  Saying that over and over has helped, but so was lunch with a good friend of mine today.

On my way to lunch today, I was doing everything in my power to not cry.  While leaving the house, one of my children did everything they could to guilt me into staying home (let's just say there was lots of crying and pulling on me).  In addition to that, it seemed like all my families immediate travel plans were either being put on hold indefinitely or possibly worse - not going to happen at all. 

By the time I was done with lunch, I was feeling SO much better.  Have our travel plan issues been resolved?  No.  But being able to just talk things through with a good friend who really knows how I tick was just what I needed.

Lunch had been planned with my friend for days, but God knew exactly when I would need to see her.  Love you J.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Up, Up, and Away

Well, I finally did it.  I took the kids on another field trip.  We meet up with a friend from my MOPS group who happens to home school children of the same age as mine and we drove to the Air & Space Museum located in Chantilly, Virginia.

We decided upon this because 1.  We weren't sure how our kids would do together for a long period of time,  2.  It was the cheapest and easiest option because we were wary of taking our kids on the metro, and 3.  It meant we didn't even have to go near the beltway.

Overall, we had a good time.  My daughter was a little less than enthusiastic about how much walking we ended up doing (I don't have a stroller anymore and they don't rent them out like the zoos do) but as long as she got to sit every once in a while she was fine.

One of our favorite things was the area where you can observe airplanes taking off and landing at nearby Dulles International Airport.  We could even hear the air traffic controllers as they talked to the pilots.  We were also taken to a display air traffic control room where we learned just how important the job of an air traffic controller is.

We also learned about the different things airplanes are made of and why certain materials are better than others.  We learned about the purpose of the lab on the space shuttle and why rockets have multiple segments.

It was a wonderful learning experience for the kids and the moms (at least me).  Yes, I learned something too.  I learned that my daughter is happier at the zoo and my son is just as happy at a museum or zoo.  I'm not sure if it's the age difference or being a girl or that she didn't want to walk, but it's something I hope I can work around in the near future, because I would love to do another museum trip with the same friends taking on Washington, DC next time.