I took many opportunities to read bedtime stories.
Granddad got out his bag of tricks and let the kids shoot off alka-seltzer rockets.
The day after Russ and Adri's family arrived we went to the top of the Washington Monument.
Kent dropped us off but didn't go up the monument because there wasn't anywhere to park. He took the car back to Arlington Cemetery. Russ was pushing Grace in the stroller and got ahead of us, so we didn't get a picture of all the Lee family together by the Washington monument.
This is also inside the monument.
Here's the view from the top, looking down on the WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
The Lees and Montana Carsons walked to the Lincoln Memorial after we went to the top so they could get some photos.
These next photos are just two cute toddler grandchildren in their high chairs.
Several years ago when the Stinson girls were here we bought a little bench to use when the grandchildren come to visit. We brought it up to the family room, and it got lots of use.
Within seconds it degenerated down to this......
We brought out Adri's Barbie house that Kent and Tyler had made for her many years ago.
There wasn't that much to see, but the grandchildren had fun walking in the woods and picking up leaves and sticks. This was inside a re-created shelter that was used during the winter of 1863.
I had to get this picture of Daniel with his Marine Corps Museum map. He carried it around with him all week and loved looking at it.
A few photos from Sunday after church.
This is one of my favorite pictures!
The older cousins helped me in the kitchen while Grace and Adam were taking their naps.
Adri and Russ got home on Sunday night, and on Monday morning, (Columbus Day) we went to the National Zoo. Parking was crazy, but we finally found a spot. It was such a beautiful day I guess everyone had the same idea about going to the zoo.
We mostly went to see the pandas. Sophia loves pandas, and we were celebrating her birthday.
I love this picture and think everyone looks really good in it. It does bother me that Garrett and Russ aren't near their own families and Kent isn't next to me. But when a stranger is taking the picture and someone else was waiting to pose in the same place, we couldn't take too long to get arranged!
After the zoo we went to the DC temple visitor's center.
Kent and I hadn't been inside the visitor's center for awhile and didn't know that they added a children's interactive area.
After we got home that evening we had Sophia's birthday dinner and birthday cake out on the back deck. For some reason I don't have any pictures of Sophia with the completed pink strawberry cake I made for her birthday, but here's a picture of her helping me to frost it.
And here's the church bag I made for her to take to Primary with her. (and a photo bomb by Gracie!)
The time went by too quickly and we were sad when everyone had to return home on October 13th. We had a GREAT time with the Montana Carsons and the Lees. Come again soon!