,,,and a visit to Thomas Jefferson's lovely house, Monticello!
My youngest son learned somehow, around his 6th birthday, that Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of our country with the Louisiana Purchase. Mr. Jefferson has been his favorite president ever since. So the little guy was pleased to go visit his hero's homestead. This is the front door, a view not often seen in published photos.
This is my little boys sitting on a deck off the back with me. I needed to sit a while; they didn't.
And, of course, the view you all expected to see. They call this the "nickel view", because this is the side of the house shown on the reverse of the U.S. nickel (5 cents, for my international friends). It was sunny and 70; the sky was picture perfect!
And what trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, would be complete without meeting the talented Mrs. Chan, knitter extraordinaire, who is owned by Sissy (a basset hound) and Gretchen (a Jack Russell Terrier)? Sadly, restaurants frown upon dogs coming in, so the fur-girls didn't get to come play with Ryan and Mark.
So, the 374 mile drive took 8 hours going down, due to highway construction delays, under 6 hours coming back, and my little blue "winter beater" Cadillac performed like the champ it is! Yes, I may have "exceeded posted speed limits," but I have no record of such alleged infractions.
(Yes, my sons often take the camera for goofy uses such as this.)
And Thor was ecstatic to have his boys back; he trapped them in the playroom so they couldn't leave him again. He did a good job of babysitting for Jeffrey, who cooked chicken and penne for the two of them over the weekend. But I've been sternly warned against leaving home again, especially with Thor's boys in tow.
Hope you all had a great weekend, too!