It is the perfect marriage of work and play when I get to combine a teaching trip with seeing one of my boys. All the years I taught in San Jose and in Virginia, I never dreamed that I would have kids living there, so it's really fun to be able to return to these areas and get some hugs too! You know I miss them terribly, so any chance to see them face to face is treasured.
Last weekend I headed back up to Fort Belvoir where Brandon lives after teaching at Scrapdoodles. It was so nice to be able to spend some time with him on Sunday and on Monday evening. We shopped, ate, and just hung out - all good stuff.
We got up extra early the last morning to say goodbye before he headed off to work at Ft. Myer where he is a medic at the clinic there. He looked super sharp (but not quite awake) - he has to wear his dress uniform two days a week to work.
I'm awfully proud of him and his work ethic and the hopes and dreams he has for the future.
While he was at work on Monday, Dave and I headed up the road to Mount Vernon to be tourists for the afternoon. We started out with a little lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn (yummy Peanut and Chestnut soup and turkey pot pie!) and then toured George and Martha Washington's house and grounds.
They had a lovely view of the Potomac from the back porch!
He was such an interesting man and quite an innovator for his time. The farm is lovely and I'm glad I finally got to see it.
As always, I hated saying goodbye! Not sure when the next time will be that we see Brandon - sending lots of love and prayers his way though!