|Because after a hard afternoon of tromping through a museum,|
everyone deserves ice cream on the national mall!
But honestly, it's been a successful, and of course busy!, couple of months.
Spring Break success! The kiddos' friends arrived from California (we'd know them in Egypt!) and hung out with us for a week. Hard to believe that this was my last update. We were so excited that Spring was finally here! And now it's summer already?! ALL FIVE KIDS (that's our three and the two who flew out to us!) had a blast.
I was still in the middle of a RN contract assignment and had somehow been scheduled 48 hours that week, so the fab hubby took off some time to hang out with the kids and keep them out of trouble. He took them bowling and to the movies and also to Great Falls! If you live in the DC area, you must go there. It's absolutely fantastic!
|All five kids at Great Fall. The fab hubby was super fabulous|
and took the kids to great places like this!
After some schedule finagling, I managed to pull a fab mommy moment and take all the kids to the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum. The dinosaur exhibit was about to be closed for FIVE LONG YEARS, so we had to get in and see it! Unfortunately, it was the last day of spring break and it was PACKED. I'd never seen so many people crammed into a museum at once. But we'd navigated crowds in Egypt, so we knew how to handle ourselves. The only scary moment was when The Toddler decided he could navigate faster by crouching below knee level and crawling between legs. That kid completely owns me. I bellowed out "KELLEN" so loud that the crowd of people surrounding us hushed and parted so that I was able to scoop up my wandering toddler. Thankfully, I hadn't resorted to tears. And yeah, I'm that kind of mom sometimes.
|Orange Line, baby! Riding the metro.|
|Quite possibly the greatest metro rider. Ever.|
|Chaos in the museum! (Abby took this photo!)|
|I had a hard time getting the boys to not do something crazy whenever I|
took their pic. This is the best way to get them - when they're not looking!
|How can I not forgive him for running off in the museum? Such a sweetie.|
|Teaching my mom the fine art of the sippy face.|
|Old Town Alexandria. One of my favorite places.|
|Because when you help out with your crazy grandchildren for nearly|
two weeks, you totally deserve a beer at lunch at least once!
And then, in all this craziness, my contract at NIH concluded. I'd been a travel/contract RN since arriving in NoVA, but I was starting to feel like a vagabond. As much as I loved contract nursing, I was kinda tired of moving from job to job every few months. And I really, REALLY love working Pediatrics at NIH. So, I took the plunge. And accepted a full-time position at NIH. I honestly couldn't be happier. This is a great direction for my career, and I'm up for the challenge.
And speaking of challenges. I'm officially in Marathon training mode. It's about four months until the Marine Corps Marathon and I'm convinced I can do it in under 5 hours. I ran The Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco in 5 hours 38 minutes. Honestly, I WAS pleased with my time, but at the same time, it was sorta frustrating -- I was tracking for under 5 hours at the 20-mile mark. The last 6 miles killed me! Anyway, I'm on the trail again and have increased my distance while decreasing my time. And of course, I love it. I have sadly been having some arthritis flair ups - especially on cold/wet/humid days. But I've been able to work through it, and that's really all that matters to me. Power through it or quit running. I chose to power through it.
|My favorite compression shirt for those days when my hands really hurt.|
|A pain-free and awesome running day; hitting a local trail!|
|Fabulous TDY. Pikes Peak in the distance.|
|Garden of the Gods. One of my favoritist running places in the world.|
|Fabulous trails! Doesn't get better than this!|
Of course we all know the dreaded bidding season is upon us, right? It's all the Foreign Service rage. And we all love it. <insert eye roll here> But we've got our theoretical plans for bidding mapped out and we're comfortable with it. Here's hoping one of those theoretical plans works out in our favor. We'd love an additional success!