September 10, 2013

Dividing. Conquering. Exhausting.

So, I quit my job then had an exhausting weekend.

The four of us love hanging out together but we also enjoy pairing off and spending some special time with each other. Beth and I decided this would be a good weekend to try it. Owen and I planned something special for Saturday while Mia and I made plans for Sunday.

Owen's Great Adventure. On Saturday, Owen woke up to a dad who had two concert tickets in his hand. Sure, it wasn't Iron Maiden or One Direction (the boy has some eclectic musical tastes) but it was a kid-focused band known for being pretty cool. We hopped in the car, headed to the venue and rocked out for a little while before heading out to a nice lunch after all the aforementioned rocking. After lunch we headed to the area's most ginormous playground. It's a multicolored sight to behold and it was awesome, indeed, awesome. Owen gave a guided tour of the playground then made a hundred new friends. When everyone was good, sweaty and tired, we made a grocery store stop and bought many varieties of cheeses (Owen loves a good cheese) and some beer (for Beth and I, later) then stopped at Owen's favorite joint (7-11) for Gatorade. I thought our day was done but Owen had other ideas. We dropped the cheese off at home (that's seriously not a euphemism for anything) and headed to Great Falls Park. Owen climbed rocks, fell off rocks, complained about the scrapes caused by falling off rocks and generally had a wonderful adventure. So did I. Though I was exhausted. We met up with the girls (who'd attended an all day American Indian festival) for dinner and collapsing in bed.

Mia's Great Adventure. Mia and I - both Harry Potter fans - scored tickets to Potted Potter, something I was not familiar with but sounded hilarious. It was. But first we had to get downtown. DC isn't known as one of the most horribly managed cities for no reason. Sunday proved to exemplify this. Because of some subway testing, all the Virginia metro stations with parking were closed. Because of a triathlon, most of the roads into the city were closed. We knew about the first thing, not about the second. So we spent a good, solid two hours in traffic. This left very little time for Mia and I to catch lunch in time for the show. Hungry, we found the closest, fastest place we could, stuffed our faces and ran to the theater. I can tell you that the show was worth the starvation, the fast meal and the traffic. We laughed the entire time, without a break. It might be the single funniest thing I've ever seen. After the show we braved the roads home. They were, thankfully, empty.

By Sunday evening, all of us were exhausted. I'm sure you see why.

Posted by Chris at September 10, 2013 7:43 AM | TrackBack

Oh. My. Gosh. My 9 year old daughter and I went to Potted Potter when it was in Chicago last year. We both LOVED it!

One of you will LIIIIIVE, The other one will DIIEEEEE!

I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time.

Posted by: Kim K at September 10, 2013 1:32 PM

Hi Chris,
Isabel and I love harry potter too, potted potter is coming to CLE later this fall. Just wondering, she has not finished the whole series yet, just through book 3, you think this is ok for someone who has not finished the books yet? Thanks in advance for the could have Beth email me, if you don't have time (as reference I am daughter in law of Beth's parents next door neighbor - david's wife)

Posted by: Stacie at September 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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