From D.C., with love...


My boys and I are back from our mini vacation to Washington, D.C. We had an amazing time visiting family, sight-seeing, and enjoying ourselves.

However, travelling with two young children is not easy. Rather, travelling with a 19 month old is not easy! Christos was amazing the entire trip, and as usual, he was perfect on the airplane. Dimitry, however, did not love the fact that he couldn't move around on the plane. There was some crying and screaming, and some dirty looks were sent my way. I let the boys run around when we were allowed to take our seatbelts of. Yes, it was loud. And I'm sorry. But they needed to move around. And yes, it was only a one hour flight. And thank God for that! Oh, also, going to the bathroom with 2 kids in the tiny stall wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. You just need to have a sense of humour about it.

Here's my vacation, in summary:

First of all, to the ticket agent at Air Canada who was a replica of the agent in Planes, Trains and Automobiles - you suck, woman! (So I know this has nothing to do with my story but that is one of my most favourite scenes in a movie, ever. Don't you agree? How many times have you felt like Steve Martin, only to be met by a woman like that? Me? A LOT!) So, I arrived at the airport at 1:17. Our flight left for D.C. at 2:20. I noticed no one was as the United counter, so I kindly asked the Air Canada agent where the United person was.

"Oh, if she's not there, that means you missed your flight, sorry."
"Um, actually, I'm on time, and I have not missed my flight. Perhaps you can call her on that phone you have there?"
"I can't do that! You missed your flight! Go over there and book a new flight!"

I go running to get us new tickets, after a bit more back-and-forth conversation with the world's laziest human. My dad is furious, and he's about to lose it on her. So, I'm running to get us new tickets. I start talking to another lady when I hear my dad call me - the United lady had returned! See? We didn't miss our flight, after all! So, phew. My boys and I made our flight, and we arrived, without incident, to beautiful, sunny Washington D.C.

It was so hot! I loved it. We went to my uncle and aunt's home in Bethesda, where I used to live. It was so great being there again, and it was great being there with my boys. I slept with both of them in my old bed, and it was so sweet sleeping in the middle of my little munchkins. Even though I had no room, and slept like a mummy the entire time. My grandparents were also visiting, so I had a few extra hands to help out. Christos loved playing with his older cousin, and the boys all loved playing outside together.

I also had the chance to meet the amazing Jill from Scary Mommy (on my birthday!) She came to Barnes and Nobles with her youngest cutie-pie, and we were able to talk for a short while. She is just as sweet and personable as I thought she would be. And I had a chance to snuggle her baby boy - he was so cute! She even brought my boys some presents to entertain them on the plane ride home. Thanks, Jill! Can't wait to hang out with you again...

Of course, we also went to Georgetown. We walked around and had some ice cream at Dean and Deluca. I would go there almost everyday for coffee when I lived in D.C. Georgetown is truly beautiful. And not only for the shopping!

I showed my boys the TV station where I worked as an intern...

And what's a trip to D.C. without a visit the Lincoln Memorial? I drove there, struggled to find parking, struggled with my sort of broken double MacLaren stroller, and struggled to remain calm, but we made it! Christos and Dimitry ran up the stairs quicker than I expected. Christos was in awe. "So where is that man now?" he asked, later. If you've never visited D.C. before, I suggest you start your sight-seeing with the Lincoln Memorial. From there, you can walk to all the other attractions and museums.

I also braved it and took the subway alone with Christos and Dimitry, just to show them how cool the subway system in D.C. is. We almost got stuck in a small elevator, but really, I hadn't pressed the button to go down, and we were waiting for 5 minutes for the doors to open. After pressing the alarm, and calling security, I realized my mistake and pressed the right button. Phew.

We visited another book store, and took a taxi home. I was exhausted!

And yes, I did manage to get in some shopping, although not much. Let's face it. Shopping with kids is almost impossible. I went to J.Crew to buy a new fall wardrobe for me and a few things for the boys. I am in love with that store! I bought the boys some new shoes from Nordstrom's and then we went to the the most amazing park, ever. It was massive, in a huge forest, and had at least a dozen different play structures.

And on my birthday, I did induldged in my favourite cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory - the Brownie Fudge Cheesecake a la mode. It was worth every bite!

One last story... I bought my boys these little balls that have water in them, with sparkles. You know, those rubber bouncy balls? Christos's was big and turquoise, his favourite colour. Inside, it had little plastic fishies. I bought one for Dimitry, too. They were taken from us at the airport, because they contained water. I hate the security measures at airports now. HATE them. It was quite the ordeal getting all my stuff, including the stroller and boys through. My son was crying his head off, because he did not understand why he was not allowed to bring his brand-new favourite ball home with him. And you try explaining to a child that terrorists ruined the way sane people have to travel from now on. Not easy. He felt terrible, and he was devestated. It broke my heart in a million pieces.

But, we made it home! Happily. Home, sweet home. I couldn't have asked for a better vacation with my darling children. We had a lot of laughs, and a lot of fun. It was just perfect.

And I miss D.C. already. It is the only other city I could see myself moving to. Maybe one day?
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Tatiana said...

How is something a danger because it contains WATER?

I love DC as well. We were there last year doing the touristy thing, but ever since I went there when I was in 8th grade, I've thought it would be a phenomenal place to live. I'm so jealous that you got to live there!

Your pictures are great. So glad your boys got to see family, and that you all had fun. And you met Scary Mommy? SHE'S AWESOME! Lucky :)

Chelle said...

What a fun trip! I've never been to DC...we hope to once the girls are older :)

And so sorry that their toys got taken away! It really makes travelling much more difficult now, doesn't it?

Sharon said...

Love that you got to meet Scary Mommy - who doesn't look scary at all! Glad you had a great (albeit very busy with a few snaffoos) time.

Lady Mama said...

You look stunning in all the shots Loukia. And Scary Mommy is beautiful too. Glad the trip went well and you survived the plane ride, despite the (inevitable) dirty looks. Well done. said...

Aside from the intitial flight problems, it sounds like you had a really great getaway!

I love DC, it's a great city!

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Looks fabulous... so glad you had fun! The boys look like they had a blast!! Yea!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

Glad you had a great time! I suppose I should get my D.C. post done - you've shamed me into it!!!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Sorry I missed you! I think I replied to your e-mail after you left. But it sounds like you got to do everything you planned. Your boys are troopers (so are you)!

I'm jealous of your J. Crew shopping spree. I could easily buy everything I need there, Anthropologie and Banana Republic. Which makes me laugh because I remember when J. Crew was all about chinos and polo shirts, Anthro was all about funky home furnishings and BR was all about safari wear. Seriously - the first BR store in G-town had a jungle theme. 80s yuppie heaven.

Air travel with children sucks - glad to hear you made it back in one piece.

Scary Mommy said...

I LOVED meeting you, I just hated how short it was! You guys looked like you squeezed a ton in- I'm impressed!!

Anonymous said...

Guess your hubby was happy to have a weekend to himself?

Loukia said...

Hello anonymous commenter,

Actually, longer than a weekend - we were gone for 4 days.

The boys were beyond thrilled to see their daddy at the airport when we returned home!

CaraBee said...

What a great trip! I can't believe security took their balls? That's insane!

Next time you come to the area, you must come up to Baltimore and take the boys to the National Aquarium and the Science Center! They would love it! Plus, then Sophie and I could come meet you!

LZ @ My Messy Paradise said...

How nice! I haven't been to DC is years and am really anxious to go back...Last time I went was before kids.
Beautiful pictures, too! Must have been so fun to meet up with Jill. I'm hoping for the chance to meet some of my blog friends.

Jessica said...

You are brave, woman! I can't imagine traveling with two little ones alone! I went to SF sans my little one because ever since he stopped nursing and began walking (13-14 mos) it's pure hell on an airplane with him. For our next trip he'll have his own seat so things should be smoother.

So great to hear you had such a great time! DC is pretty amazing. xo

Anonymous said...

Just got back from a vacation involving 6 hour flights with an infant and a 2 1/2 year old. Good times.

Lorraine said...

Welcome Home Loukia!

I'm still drooling over your picture of that cheesecake! *as I wipe drool off of my computer screen:)*

Looks like you guys had a blast. Glad you got home safe.

Elaine A. said...

Glad you had a good trip and that you got to meet Jill. I was able to meet her at BlogHer and she's great.

Now I want to go back to DC, haven't been since I was a teen...

Chantal said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. You packed in a ton of stuff for 4 short days! Poor boys (re the balls) hopefully you can find a suitable replacement here at Mrs TiggyWinkles or someplace like that.

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

oy yoy yoy! They seriously confiscated the balls? I hate how a few idiots have ruined air travel for so many of us!

What a wonderful trip otherwise though!

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

I'm tired just reading all of that -- what an adventure! Sounds like a great time was had by all and your pictures are fantastic! I applaud you for setting out on this journey! You earned a Supermom award!

Tiaras said...

DC is fabulous isn't it and it was hot there! We went last Wed (the 3rd - 8th) it was so much fun! I bet we passed and didn't even know it! I would have loved to met up with you and Jill!! I need to keep my eyes open a bit more to other peoples travels!

Catwoman said...

I cannot believe they took the ball, I mean come on! Clearly it's innocent! How could someone possibly blow up an airplane with some liquid trapped in a bouncy ball?

But sounds like you had a fun trip!

Scattered Mom said...

The trip sounds like so much fun!

I can't believe they wouldn't let your boys take those balls on the plane. Seriously? That is insane.

We have the same kind of balls at the toy store I work at-smallish, with a fish and sparkles floating inside. They are hugely popular.

Poor little guys. :(