Rarely do we get time alone, one on one, with our kids.
This weekend, I got that. With my oldest. The one I sometimes forget needs it just as much as the others.
He had a basketball tournament in D.C. Daddy couldn't go. Cameron had baseball games all weekend. So, I left Bella here and made the trip alone with just him.
We left early Friday morning. Jackson slept most of the trip, as usual. We hit traffic just outside D.C., and I began to get a little nervous. I didn't want him to be late to the first game. Then, my GPS got us lost, and Jackson began to get nervous.
Fortunately, we made the first game. Just in time.
We went 2-0 that first day. Jackson had 5 points. The boys were in a great mood. Jackson was hustling. I hadn't seen him play that hard yet.
Meanwhile, Josh was back at home going crazy. I had to text him updates every few minutes. And then, my phone died.
We were traveling back to our hotel when I realized we were on Pennsylvania Ave. "The White House is somewhere around here, Jack." He wanted to do a drive by. He hasn't been to D.C. since he was 5. So, we decided to drive around the city. Big mistake. In the end, it was worth it. We had fun. But I realized quickly that Pennsylvania Ave. was a lot longer than I thought, and not a straight shot either. And driving in downtown. I wasn't ready. The taxi drivers were scaring me. It took us 10 minutes just to get around one block. Craziness. I was missing Virginia Beach. Still, it was fun. Except I didn't get a picture of the White House. Oh well. I got this.
Our hotel was NICE. It was in a sweet part of town, too. We decided to walk to a local seafood place Jackson had seen on the drive in. He loves seafood, and even though we live in Virginia Beach, we don't eat it very often. Seafood for a family of 5 is just not cheap.
After we settled into our room, and I took a few pictures of him in the hotel room (because well, he's just so damned cute), we headed out on the town. Of course, he brought along his basketball.
And then a window selfie. I love these!
The restaurant, Local Seafood (literally the name), was a little more than we bargained for. We might have been a little underdressed. But, to my surprise, as soon as we entered, Jackson removed his hat. I was so proud. I never said anything, but smiled to myself. I'm doing something right.
But then there was that stupid basketball.
He opens the menu and says, "ooooh, Mom, I want the crab cakes," a pause and then "Mom, the crab cakes are $30! Is this place expensive?" Well, yes, it was. But it was worth it. And he couldn't stop saying how good the crab cakes were. Oh, and the free bread was a huge hit.
The rest of the night went a little something like this.
I took full advantage.
He did have his friend Cameron hang out with us in the hotel room for a few hours. They had a blast. They went down to the snack bar late for candy and ice cream. They made videos of themselves rapping. They laughed a lot. My heart was full.
Day two was single elimination. It was a Sunday. And we had a 3 1/2 hour drive home. I had to be at work the next day. So, I wasn't excited about our first game starting at 1:30. But I did relish in the fact that Jack & I got to sleep in. He's like me when it comes to sleeping. I had to wake him up at 10.
He chose a yogurt parfait for breakfast. He didn't want to eat a heavy meal before the game, and he said they had the yogurts at school and he loves them.
We won the first game, but it was a battle. There was some tension amongst the parents and the refs. I hate those kind of games.
This is what he did in between games. I kept to myself; he wanted to hang with his friends. I was ok with it.
The second game was hard, and it didn't end well. You could see they were getting discouraged. I was ready to head back home, so I didn't mind it as much. To make it worse, Jackson lost his basketball.
The ride home was relaxing. Jackson slept, again. But I know, despite the loss, he had a great time with his friends. And me. Memories were made. Can't wait to do it again.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, middle school, wine, video games, and schedules. I started this blog because I love taking pictures, and I needed a place to document our life. I wanted a place to write it all down, to remember little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.