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.
...memories are what life is all about.
I am so glad you got this time with your mom and that you both enjoyed it so much. Your brother does look happy! I love to see people who are happy in their work.
How very wonderful, Lisa! I'm so glad y'all had that time together! Your mom is beautiful like you, or I should say you're beautiful like her. :)
Your brother does seem like he loves his job. Goodness, your whole family smart, and good looking.
The donuts? Wow! :)
Well, your brother is certainly very impressive! I can't spell neurobiology, more or less know what it is.
Looks like a fun time with your mom. Criminy...she looks so YOUNG!
What a great trip! Don't wait so long to do it again. Your brother has a lovely smile, and clearly the brains run in the family!
OOOh, those donuts! ...
What a great trip, I would love a bite of that cheesecake. MMMMM The lab sounded fun, I spent a lot of time in one myself and got lost in thought many times
You look so much like your mom. And she is beautiful, looking so down to earth and kind. And your brother is the cutest PhD I have ever seen! Well, not that I have seen that many... How fun to have this day with your mom...really the ultimate Christmas gift. I've never heard of Savers, I would love it. I get most things at Goodwill, and try to go at least twice a month. The Duck Donut story is funny! Were you at the one in Charlottesville? We went there once.
What a wonderful time you had. I'm so glad you got to do it!
What a wonderful weekend.
I love the pic of you and your mom! Great smiles!
It looks like you had an amazing weekend with your family!
Looks like quite the trip! I so would love that recipe for the cheesecake....making my mouth water!!
Sounds like you and your mom had some wonderful mother daughter time. So important to make memories together. You ladies really packed a lot into your weekend! :)
My mother and sister like to take trips like that. They always have a good time and it's good for them to get out.
I lived in Northern Virginia (quantico and fredericksburg) on and off for several years between 1975 and 1980. I doubt I would recognize North Virginia now.
Looks like you had a swell time. How lovely you got around to see your brother, too!
Quality time spent with loved ones is always great. That cheesecake looks delicious.
What wonderful memories! Sounds like you had good time!
What a special trip! We don't have Duck Donuts by us, but we saw a few in PA. I wish we stopped to try them--I would have eaten them with my hands too! I don't go shopping with many people, but I ADORE shopping with my mom. Also, how cool that you were able to see your brother in college. I give major props to anyone working on their Ph.D. He does look happy! You have such a sweet family.
What a great trip with your mom!
You look like your mom, Lisa, a unique beauty.
Your mom is very beautiful. You are lucky to have your mom with you,
and spend time with you and your children. You are so blessed...
God bless you all.
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