Okay, so on Wednesday I might have mentioned a Jenworld family adventure was in the making. Do you remember my goals for 2013? One of them is to have 12 adventures with my family this year — an average of one per month. Our February adventure was this week and it was a pretty damn good one, if I do say so myself.
It all began with an email.
Grace and Ellie are fans of Lindsey Stirling, a hip hop violinist who was on America’s Got Talent a couple of years ago. In December, Grace found out that Lindsey would be playing a concert in Washington, DC, which is 2+ hours away, on a Wednesday night in February, which would be a school night. Grace figured that it was a long shot, but she emailed me the info anyway. Pete and I talked about it for a few days and said, “Let’s do it.”
And thus began the planning for our adventure.
Our original plan was to drive up the afternoon of the concert (Wednesday), then drive back afterward. Then we realized that it would be a late night, so perhaps we should get a hotel in the city, then go to a museum the morning after the concert. Yes, the girls would miss a day of school, but this would be for a worthy cause. So that’s the plan we had.
And then this past Tuesday night, Pete came home from work and said, “How about we just skip work and school tomorrow too and do something fun in the city before the concert?” So that’s what we did.
We got up on Wednesday and headed to the nation’s capital.
And then we left the zoo and headed south to the National Mall. We had been talking about visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and decided that the time had come. I don’t have any photos of that part of the day, but I will just say that USHMM is a powerful museum and if you ever have the opportunity to go, do it. No, it’s not all fun and games, but then again, life isn’t either. We had some good conversations during and after about the things we saw.
After that, it was time to hit the road and head back home. So we did. With one stop along the way:
And so that’s our family’s adventure for February. We started with one idea, moved on to another, and ended up somewhere else entirely. It’s amazing how one email can snowball into something bigger.