Vacationing: The Lane Family Blizzard Hits the East Coast

 Okay–so we went back east.

The purpose of going back east was to see Mate’s half-brother get married, but Mate also wanted to make the kids “see some culture” as it were, so in between “Hey, kids, you have to dress up in your best clothes and see a bunch of people you don’t remember and be nice to them and try not to embarrass us but we would rather you embarrass us than hate us forever, so, you know, do your best,” there was also, “Wait– we’re going to look at historical shit. Tell your teachers about this part, it will make us look like good parents.”

The pictures are in random order, but I’ll caption them in the order in which they’re shown, because seriously, I haven’t written in days and I’m way behind and formatting is just frickin’ beyond me.

As you will see, it’s been something of a week.

 About the Washington Monument:

Big T: I knew it was built by slaves, so that’s nationally embarrassing, but I had no idea it was also a monument to bankruptcy and procrastination.

Me: And the reason Mom buys yarn in REALLY big batches, because that thing where the two different types of stone doesn’t match is no bueno.

About Union Station:

The architecture is cool, but so is the fact that we can get all meta about taking pictures of the architecture in such a profound space.

About the kids with their grandfather:

Hi, Grandpa! Sure we’ll stand for this photo op! It will give us something to do while surrounded by people we don’t know at a wedding while we’re dressed as well as we possibly can be and two of us are looking at the open bar with extreme longing.

About the open bar:

Me: Get me a vodka and cranberry.

Chicken: Sure.

Fifteen minutes later:

Me: Get me a vodka and cranberry since YOU FINISHED MINE OFF.

Chicken: Sullrrrrrrrrre….

 About the bus tour through DC on the top deck:

We thought we were all okay but then Mom got up and moved and we realized she was blocking the wind and our entire world turned to ice. MOM!!!

About the bus tour through DC at night:

Oh, it’s so pretty!

I can’t feel my feet.

But pretty!

I’m knitting as fast as I can but my fingers are sore and this hat isn’t going to be done soon enough!

But pretty!

Jesus GOD could the cold be any more sucktastic?

Sooooo pretty…

We could have come in January, died from hypothermia, and have been stuck on this bus forever and ever and ever.

Selfie in front of the pretty?

For you, Mate, I will do anything.

*later that night

Want to feel my hands?


About the Lincoln Monument:

ZoomBoy: I have to pee!

Mate: I’ll take you!

The rest of us: Are we supposed to follow this tour to the Viet Nam memorial?

Squish: My legs hurt. I’m so done. Can I just sit down in the freezing bus and die?

Chicken: Sure, honey. I’ll take you. We can die together and they’ll discover our frozen corpses in the corner in the morning.  Mine will be pickled in vodka.

Me and Trystan: Can you even see the memorial? We could see it in the day but now I’m just lost. Wait, is that even our bus? Oh my God are we going to spend our time walking down here after spending all day walking through museums and not get to see the Lincoln Memorial? No–no. Let’s leave the tour and get some pictures of Lincoln since we really want to see it and then we can head back to the bus and hope Dad and ZoomBoy have visited the bathroom and we won’t have to leave them in the thirty degree cold in the strange city at night.


Me and Mate, upon return to the bus: We saw Lincoln, that’s what matters.

ZoomBoy: The bathrooms were WARM!

 –And seriously, Lincoln was wonderful. I’m so glad we got to see him, especially at night. I’m sure somebody can pull out something awful about him that I don’t want to know about, but right now for me he’s the guy who freed the slaves when he had people shouting at him not to, and he also spent four years sleeping with another guy and whether it was platonic or not, it just means he was comfortable with sleeping with another guy and that’s cool too.

And here are my kids in the airport, singing C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E-S-O-N-G SONG! Which is a SpongeBob classic, and we all sang along.

Except for the people watching us who seemed to feel we shouldn’t be out in public doing that. But it’s the way we started the trip and the way we ended the trip and seriously, I’ll do the Patrick part of that song in public any time. (For those of you who know that song, Patrick’s part goes AU-BLAH-NUNGH-ACK-MMMFFF-SONG!!!!!!)

And this was our first trip to DC, where we met Andy Q and got photobombed by some random kid. I’m sure if you’re from Sacramento or toured there in the last couple of years, you’ve got this same kid popping up in at least one of your pictures. IT’s sort of his forte.

Now, we stayed in a hotel a couple of days, but for part of the time, we stayed with Mate’s Aunt Marge and Uncle Tom, who are lovely people. Margie has a Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy set, and while they scare US, she’s very fond of them, and Big T took advantage of Squish’s SOUND sleeping to place a photo op.

I have to say, Squish was perhaps even less enamored of either of the Raggedy clan after she saw this picture than she had been beforehand, but Margie was thrilled to see the dolls getting some play.

Margie and Tom also live in a two-story house with a basement, and for my kids this was a big happy deal. I have to admit that for me, there were a few Kung Fu Panda moments: My old nemesis. Stairs. But Chicken got to sleep in the frilly pink bedroom of her most guarded high school dreams, although it DID have a Coraline door, but that was part of the charm.

And Andrew and his husband met us when we drove from Gaithersburg, MD to Normandy Falls, PA– and that was wonderful.

Mate and the groomsmen– and his brother, to our right.

Another child who knew nobody, was in her best dress for reasons she didn’t know, and who just wanted to hide behind her parents until the noise went away.

My kids totally identified.

 And this is what happens when my kids go out in public.

In our defense it was a long drive, and we’d just told them that “flatbread” = “pizza”, and their minds are a little blown.

 In front of MLK’s picture at the Liberty Bell. Because we offered to take a picture of a nice family there, and they reciprocated–that’s pretty much how we lucked into all of us at once.

As I’ve stated before, THAT CRACK WAS ALREADY THERE.

 Independence Hall.

And me and my children.

And did I mention the nut-shriveling cold?

 And Amy proves, once again, that her camera skills could possibly be the worst on the internet.

I think it was the stadium where the Eagles play.

 And I seriously would have made the entire trip to see the Star Ship Enterprise in real life.



Worth it.

 Mate and me.  Isn’t he awesome?


He’s awesome.

 Me: I’m gonna take a picture of the elephant.

Mate: Here– here– see what I”m doing? See?

Me: Sure! Watch me botch this pic!

 I may have mentioned Big T and I got a little lost while on the night tour at the Lincoln Memorial…

Now, through all the sight seeing, the plane trips, the tour busses, the driving from Maryland to Pennsylvania and back, I knitted. I knitted two pairs of fingerless mittens (because I left one pair at Normandy Falls, dammit!) and four hats. The last hat I was trying to finish on the night tour so I COULD WEAR IT because my scarf over my head wasn’t enough, but my fingers were so stiff I didn’t finish it until we got back to Mate’s Aunt and Uncle’s. So I gave it to Mate’s Uncle, who spends his retirement as a handyman–and he was THRILLED. The brim (which rolls down to cover his ears) is made of the same yarn I used on Mate’s hat–a chunky Malabrigo one-ply, kettle dyed pewter. The top is what I used for Big T’s hat–Lion Brand, 20 wool/80 acrylic. It’s a basic rolled brim hat, but the wool for the bottom was apparently so soft and warm around Tom’s ears and neck that this became his best thing ever.

And I was glad, because he and Margie were so wonderful hosting us that I was happy I could give him a gift of appreciation. Now, what to get Margie…

And that’s it. I mean, there were many more moments–I put some of them on Twitter/FB, but for now? I got my dogs back and we only need one cat to check in and seriously.

It’s good to be home.

0 thoughts on “Vacationing: The Lane Family Blizzard Hits the East Coast”

  1. Unknown says:

    Did you go to Union Station and look up like you said you were going to do? I figure if anyone can prove the urban legend true it would be the Lane family. ��

  2. K. Tuttle says:

    I'm so glad that you all got to visit the East Coast! Hope you didn't get caught by one of the THREE nor'easters that hit us in the last few weeks. And if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. Today, the temperature started at 29 degrees and was 60 degrees by 3 pm. It'll be 35 degrees tonight. We've been a messy brew of sinus infections and flu since February. *sigh* But I wouldn't live anywhere else. Next time, I hope that you all will get a chance to visit Tidewater Virginia and the Outer Banks. Lots of history, starting with clueless English settlers (immigrants) and the eventual subjugation of the local natives. Plus wine!

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