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D.C. Trip~ Personal

posted by Kelly

We/I are not brave parents. True confession. I don’t pile my three kids into a grocery cart and shop, I don’t do the public library with all of them or go on long walks pushing two in a stroller while one walks at my side. I want to give a slow clap for the moms that can do it and don’t sweat it when one or all of their kids are freaking out. I have a mild panic attack if my kids are talking above a normal pitch in the grocery store let alone engage me in a battle of wills in public. I’ve never liked any attention on me and seeing as all children six and under are emotional ticking time bombs I would rather they explode in our house or in one of my friends homes than public. I have an incredible circle of friends where we have a deep understanding that all of our kids can be complete butt heads and we still love them regardless. It’s a safe environment to grow. We have encouraged each other through long seasons of poor behavior (IE…screaming, hitting, throwing, etc…) So that is as brave as I get during the day time. Playdates! Game on when Ryan is around. We switched up the ratio last year and are now out numbered and sometimes I think they know it. On the whole we have some pretty awesome kids who have incredible senses of humor, are interesting to talk to, play really well together and are loveable (most of the time).

Anyone who has multiple kids under the age of five knows that doing a “vacation” is basically packing up all your crap and doing the same routine somewhere else much more expensive and not child proofed. We just haven’t been able to justify the time and money and so vacations have been on the back burner for many years. The good thing is, because of Kellan, Ryan and I have gotten to trek up and down the east coast from NY to Miami for the last 5 years. Those trips have worked as mini emotional/mental vacations for us even though we are still physically working. Even a long car ride, plane ride or train ride without kids is a vacation!

Now that 2 out of 3 of our kids are potty trained (well…mostly….stinking Bennett!) sleep in big kid beds and don’t have to nap we got a whiff of what I call FREEDOM!!!!! It was time to test the waters. We decided to leave Rhett behind with my parents for a long weekend and take the big kids up to Washington DC to see Uncle Joe and Aunt Joanna and do some kid centered activities. We took the train from Richmond to DC and thus began our weekend of excursions from going to a MASSIVE outdoor playground, laying in the grass letting airplanes fly over our heads, riding in a pedicab, the Smithsonian, the butterfly exhibit, IMAX, Zoo, National Harbor in MD and visiting friends. They were long days and the kids get a 9 out of 10 on behavior and stamina. As long as we kept the pace moving and didn’t stay anywhere too long they did great! They got to ride massive escalators, take the metro and get spoiled by their aunt and uncle. Joe and Joanna were selfless hosts taking us EVERYWHERE in their little Yaris. Joanna had to ride in the trunk on many occasions to make some of our excursions possible. That is love! Thank you Joe and Joanna for being so generous and loving to us all. We were so blessed by your time and intentionality that weekend! We had a great time, came back exhausted and made some family memories with the big kids that they hopefully will always remember. If not…well…we took some pictures :-) Enjoy some moments from our family trip.

12 Responses

Uncle Joe says:

May 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

I love the photo bomb in the photo of Chloe of Bennett with the whale.

We had so much fun with those kids. You should come back to DC but bring Rhett next time. We like him too!

Jennifer says:

May 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

These are really adorable - i especially love the ones on the “ZOO” sign. Really really cool!

Meagan says:

May 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

I love this entire post! I love Chloe’s braid, I love you all laying in the grass with an airplane flying above, I love them waiting for the metro, I love the butterflies swarming Ryan and I love that you all were on a family vacation enjoying yourselves and making precious memories!!! You are the most adorable family…I love it all!

kurt baier says:

May 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

your fam is so hip.

Lauryn says:

May 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

This post makes me so happy! You guys are awesome parents :-) Im just a nanny for 3 kids and I am scared to take them out too!! Haha.

cousin krystal says:

May 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

kelly- your kids are gorgeous! i love reading your posts (hysterical!) and checking out the images you take! wish you lived closer so i could beg you to photograph my kids (or teach me how to operate my camera)!

Heather says:

May 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

Looks like a great trip Kelly and Ryan! I lived right by Reagan airport. Tim and I loved watching the planes come in. I bet the kids did too. By the way - I’ve been looking at our wedding photos quite a bit these days. We are expecting our first child on our 3rd anniversary! Thank you again for capturing our special day so perfectly for us.

Amanda says:

May 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

It looks like you guys had an amazing time here - so glad!! Thanks for sharing your (awesome) personal pics!

divrchk says:

May 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Great pics! Where is the park near the airport with the planes flying overhead? Was the playground Clemyjontri?

Jeremiah Colling says:

May 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Great photos guys! Thanks for sharing… You’ve inspired us to take a trip to DC soon!

sarah says:

May 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

These give me hope for my life with kids :) So great! One of my favs is Chloe posing like the giraffe. Awesome. Ohhhh to be an awesome photographer wherever you travel….

allison says:

May 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

wait. remember that really cool 4 hours you spent in my living room, eating pizza and drinking wine while the kids snuggled on the couch for a VeggieTales movie…and then i nearly deleted joe’s portrait session from the camera…

where’s the love for the morgans?!
we so got shafted…!

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