Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 1 & 2 of Summer '11 Road Trip

Car packed and ready to go!

Our Finnegan Family Road Trip of Summer 2011 has officially begun!  It all started on Thursday around 4 o’clock when we merged onto the lovely I-95.  Our first destination was Fayetteville, NC for the night to stay with one of my aunts. On the way, we decided to eat at Mellow Mushroom and it ended up being an excellent decision.  Our food was fantastic: a tossed salad shared by the three of us (E doesn’t eat foodies yet) and a pizza with BBQ tofu, spinach, and BBQ base. DELICIOUSNESS!!! 
We ate outside because we were tired of being inside the car.
This was one of the best pizza I have ever eaten!

It really was a lovely, stress-free meal (sometimes they aren’t when we go out).  When we went to pay, our server informed us that a nice couple sitting near us had already paid for our food.  Apparently they said we seemed like a nice family with two cute, young babies…and so they wanted to pay for our food!!! Who does that?!? We were speechless and couldn’t believe the random act of kindness were the recipients of.  It makes me feel good because it reassured my belief in the goodness of people.   It also makes me think that Kyle and I are doing something right, and those kind people noticed.  The couple had already left se we weren’t able to thank them.  Kyle and I both felt all warm and happy inside and we decided we’re going to pay it forward one day.  
Cambria Sky enjoyed her dinner, it's smeared all over her face :)
chillin' waiting for our dinner
me and my girl

We got to my aunt’s house at almost 10 and put the babies to bed, talked to my aunt for a while, and then got to sleep ourselves.  That day was a good start to our trip.  We were up and on the road around 10:30 the next morning, on our way to our nation’s capital.  We only made one stop in which we ate us some yummy Cracker Barrel.  Towards the end of the 6 hour drive Cambria started to reeeeeeally need a nap, but was uncomfortable and only slept for like 30 minutes.  It didn’t seem to phase her though because she was hyper the rest of the day! Before checking into our hotel we decided to venture on over to the Arlington National Cemetery.  We got there around 5:30 and it seemed like we picked the perfect time to go because it wasn’t too hot outside and it wasn’t crowded at all.  We made it just in time to see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns and walked all around to see some of the other sights.  The cemetery was absolutely beautiful and I was in awe of how many soldiers are buried there.  It was incredible and I had such a solemn feeling while we were walking among so many graves. One of my favorite parts was looking at all the names on the gravestones, such a unique way of finding out cool, old-timey names. As we were leaving it started to pour and there were two perfect rainbows that formed over the city.  It was the icing on the cake and we all enjoyed watching the rain and getting wet.  
Ezra is a cutie in this one

Arlington National Cemetery

changing of the guards

beautiful summer rain

rainbow over the Washington Monument

We found a little vegetarian place for dinner then headed up to our room at the Washington Marriott.  It’s a pretty nice hotel so the rooms don’t have wireless and there’s no breakfast included.  BUT there is a Trader Joes within walking distance so Kyle was sure to pick us up some treats after the kids went to bed :D Today has been long and fun and after Cambria is done napping we will be meeting up with Ashley and Phillip!  Hopefully I can blog about Day 3 tonight!

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