Hm..I could have posted a nice slideshow like my friend Emily did, but instead chose to upload a good 20 (plus?) pics of our weekend with the Averetts in D.C.;sans children! (CLICK ON PICS FOR A BIGGER, CLEARER VIEW...mom). Was wonderful. Geof. and I drove up Friday afternoon, ate at Macaroni Grill, shopped at IKEA, tried to do a session at the temple (but our recommends had expired-dang!), walked around Georgetown University in D.C., read together in a little bookstore, laughed, talked..and then picked up our wonderful friends the Averetts from the airport. Emily and Derek were our neighbors in our first apartment in Orem and it's been so nice to stay close to them despite moves, career changes, etc. The pics are duplicates from past trips to D.C., so do I really need to explain? The weather was perfect (maybe even a bit hot for our cold blooded Alaskans), Geof. was a knowledgeable tour guide (I on the other hand, wasn't), Derek and Geof. were extremely patient despite my hurt knee and hobbling walk, and Emily's early stages of pregnancy tiredness (and sickness!). Without our kids though, we were able to see and do so much more than before (even with the two slow-pokes) and I can't tell you how much Geof. and I needed this trip. So, thank you Averetts for taking the time to come out and see it! We love you guys and already miss you!! They did head down to Richmond for a day to see the sites and my kids adored them as well. Nice to have some adults around who shower my kids w/ much needed attention as if they WERE family. Thank you for that!!
p.s. Emily, your laughter was infectious! I've vowed to laugh more! You forget how healthy laughter is. I looked up the health benefits of laughter today and wow! Why am I NOT laughing more?! I'll leave you with these two great quotes; one from my mom's all time favorite, Woody Allen.
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston