Recently my mom and I took a road trip to Northern Virginia. My parents lived there for a good number of years, so it was old stomping ground in a way (although the population is ever-expanding so many things look completely different).
Mom and I had never done a trip like this, and we had a wonderful time. We ate marvelous foods - like this lemon meringue cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory:
We did a lot of shopping. Mostly at Potomac Mills Mall. Plus REI and Dover Saddlery for me (neither of which we have where we live) and J. Jill and Comfort Shoes for my mom. We also ventured into a Savers thrift store - I've heard about them but we don't have one locally. It was HUGE - wish I'd known how to take a panoramic picture because this place was bigger than a Walmart.
We tried out a Duck Donuts for the first time. The coffee there was fabulous and so were the donuts. We kept talking about how messy they were (they're served warm and gooey). On our way out, Mom noticed that you are supposed to eat them with a fork. We felt a little like uncivilized heathens then.
We were exhausted in this picture taken at PF Changs, but went back after dinner and treated our tired feet to a soak in the hot tub in the hotel.
On the way home, we took at side trip through Charlottesville, where my youngest brother, John, gave us a tour of his neurobiology lab at UVA. He's in a PhD program there. I adore neuroscience anyhow, so I loved seeing his lab and learning about the fish that he uses for his experiments. Look how happy he is - I think he truly loves what he does!
It was a whirlwind weekend, but we made many memories. The best part - better than the shopping or the splendid food or the hot tub - was just spending some quality time with my mom. I'm so thankful we got the chance to catch up and enjoy time together.