Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is a special time

This Thanksgiving, the Buening clan made a special trek to DC instead of our usual 20-hour round trip car ride to Ohio. Considering Jack's past performance on such trips, we were rather grateful! It was great to have everyone in town, but it was especially fun to see the cousins together, Ethan, Mike, and Jack. Although they are 9 months apart, Jack and Mike look like tow-headed twins right now causing all of us to do more than a few double-takes. Ethan was a patient big brother and cousin putting up with Mike and Jack's toddler antics.

From Thanksgiving 09

Thanksgiving day was cold and rainy, but that didn't stop Uncle Mike from running in the Del Ray 5 Mile Turkey Trot. We all walked down to see him start the race at the end of our street and then stopped by the Caboose coffee shop for hot cocoa and chocolate chocolate chip muffins - Jack's favorite - while we waited for him to make the turn back home.

That night we had a great feast at Aunt Lynne's house, and the next night a perfect party at a nearby restaurant to celebrate Aunt Pam's 60th birthday, also hosted by Aunt Lynne.

While everyone was in town, we spent some time touring the local sites. In school, Ethan recently learned about the Eternal Flame at JFK's grave, so we made a trip to Arlington Cemetery at his request. We also went to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport, a giant airplane hanger with many planes and other aircraft to see, including an actual space shuttle (or "pace shubble" as Jack would call it).

From Thanksgiving 09

We finished the weekend with brunch at our house. The weather was unseasonably warm and the boys had a great time playing outside together before everyone headed home.