Chloe had her 3rd grade field trip yesterday at the Natural History Museum in DC.

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I didn’t plan the morning out very well and only had time for 3 treadmill miles before rushing around like a mad person to get everyone ready including myself. My mother in law came over to watch Colton and then take him to pre-school. I literally do not know what I would do with out her. It takes a village to make everything work with kids.

I wasn’t chosen as one of the chaperones {it was a random selection} but little miss raine REALLY wanted me to come so I said I would follow behind in my car. Thankfully I arrived at her school early and ran in to ask the teacher if maybe a parent had cancelled and they needed the help. All parents were accounted for but someone in her class was sick so they had an extra spot open on the bus! Hip hip hooray. I really was NOT looking forward to driving behind a group of school buses in rush hour traffic, all the way in to DC. As it would turn out I completely forgot that 66 is HOV only in the mornings and so I wouldn’t have been able to follow them, combine that with attempting to find a parking spot in DC – the morning could have been miserable. Thankfully it wasn’t and I got to snuggle my girl on the way to her field trip.

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I haven’t been to the Smithsonian in who knows how long….one of those things that if it’s close to you then you don’t make the effort to go. I know full well if I lived in a far away state I would want to visit. I could have spent HOURS in the gem room – which pretty much means I need to go back when I am not working on questions with 8 & 9 year olds 😉

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The Hope Diamond was so large and so perfect looking that it didn’t even seem real.

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The orchid exhibit was small but amazing. It smelled heavenly in the room it was housed in.

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My dad owns his own business that sells Jukeboxes and other such vintage items. When I was younger he loaned the Smithsonian one of his jukeboxes for an exhibit. I was so little, yet I remember being so proud of my dad and feeling cool that my dad had something in display in the Smithsonian. I don’t often talk about my dad on this blog, but he has been a huge driving force in my life. He has taught me to chase after my dreams and that it is possible to turn a hobby into a way to support yourself. His dreams are very different from mine but he has always taught me the value of hard work and how to be bold in life. The farther I get into parenthood the more I appreciate all he has done for me and continues to do for me {feeling sappy today}.

After the museum the buses took us to Hains Point for everyone to eat their lunch and play before heading back to Leesburg. I don’t think I have ever been on Haines Point when I wasn’t in the middle of a race or about to run! Being there got me VERY excited for Marine Corps Marathon. I keep telling myself I need/want? a break from marathons for a little – maybe at some point I will actually make that happen but until then I know I’ll keep on signing up for MCM. Something about that race that I just can’t get out of my system.

Loved spending time with Chloe. I’m really glad I made the choice to go with her. She is growing up way too fast and I’m already wishing there were more than 10 more years till she goes off to college.

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