The kids and I made a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon this week. It was the last mild day before our weather turned cold again and we wanted to take advantage of it. Christmas decorations are out in full force, yet the calendula and lavender are still blooming in the gardens. I’ve never seen such fantastic vegetable gardens as those kept there. I could wander them all day long. My kids would prefer that we not though.
Silas is a huge fan of the sheep. There are sheep all over the estate, and he threw little fits each and every time we pulled him away from any of them. His love for the sheep was only rivaled by his amusement over a camel named Aladdin who is visiting for the holidays. We sat and watched Aladdin eat his dinner for a very long time, all of us in fits over the hilarious ways he moved his lips. Back inside the teaching center, one of the employees remarked that she remembered my family from the last time we visited a few months ago. I was afraid to ask if that was a good thing.
I’m so sorry that I waited ten years of living in the area to visit Mount Vernon. It has quickly become one of our favorite places. My love was only slightly diminished by the two and a half hour drive home in horrific traffic (It took us under an hour to reach Mount Vernon.) The original plan had been to visit in the morning and head home early to avoid traffic, but it turned out that one of my boys had absolutely no clean clothes to wear (Each boy is in charge of his own laundry.) By the time a load of laundry was ready, it was early afternoon. I’ll do a better job of planning ahead next time. Clean clothes are a must.