Arriving at Dulles airport, we find Cam there to greet us YAY. Tom bravely stepped into a rental car, tired and jet lagged, driving in unfamiliar territory in the US for the first time in a year and a half, and on the wrong side of the road. He did great! Cam provided navigation which was very helpful.
In Washington, DC Ben and Sarah welcomed us, and we were joined the next day by Aunt Margaret.
Cam had recently discovered cooking as stress relief from the rigors of med school and having preceded us by a couple of days arriving in DC, had already filled the fridge with cheesecake and has plans for many more delicious, high fat foods. YUM
The next day, the men set about making Christmas cookies
|tree with too many presents|
|stockings hung by the virtual chimney|
|Sarah's first stocking!|
Cam continued to prepare amazing dishes, enjoyed by all
There were waaaaay too many gifts. Here is Cam the chef in new kitchen wear:
|Tom with new deluxe Keurig|
|Margaret with elephant dung notebook|
|Tom surprised to receive coffee|
|Ben with new tablet|
|Cam with new duds|
|Artist Sarah with canvas|
|Ben and Sarah reading fine print|
|Cam with drinking horn and styling socks|
|Boys with new ties|
There were stylish face masks from Ho Chi Minh City for all, guaranteed to prevent germs
|purple leopard print|
And we had many fun local visits:
Children's Hospital with the best resident pediatrician ever
Several buildings of the Smithsonian, here at Natural History
And the new MLK memorial on the tidal basin
And a little farther afield, old haunts of Silver Spring where K and M lived.
|9610 Lorain Avenue|
|Remains of an oak tree planted by Grandpa Stroad approx. 50 years ago|
We watched a UCLA game at a bar full of alums; Ben led the cheers!
And Tim was in town and we met for dinner one night
And there was snow...
It was a very nice trip--wonderful to be with the fam. Not as exotic as our other overseas Christmases but warm (NOT temperature), EASY, comfortable, interesting.
|Waaaay too much luggage|