The next day I sat through a workshop (the real reason for the trip) on how to write accreditation reports for our college...fascinating (but seriously, I did learn what I needed to know...I think!). As soon as the workshop was finished, we set out to take in as many Smithsonian museums as possible. We had 2 hours until they closed so we made a run through the American History Museum and saw the ruby slippers from one of my all-time favorite movies, Julia Child's kitchen, an awesome Lincoln exhibit, and the famous soda fountain where an integral part of the civil rights movement took place! There were other things too as we ran through the museum but these were the highlights!
We then headed next door to the Natural History Museum. Here I saw enormous dinosaurs (felt like I was in the movie Night at the Museum), fossils, life-size mammals from all over the planet, the Hope Diamond (I'm asking for that for Christmas!), and a gigantic crystal from Crystal Springs, Arkansas. This crystal was head and shoulders taller than me.
Meanwhile, at home, Jason and Luci were taking care of each other. They played. They chased. They wrestled. They read all her favorite books. And, she ate like a little pig...so I'm told! I am so thankful that Luci has such a caring and doting father! I am also very thankful for my wonderful mother-in-law and my fantastic mother! Nana came and stayed with Luci on Tuesday and Grandma stayed with Luci on Wednesday! This way, Jason didn't have to worry about driving Luci to daycare and leaving work early to pick her up. She has never stayed there past 4:00 and we didn't want her to have to this week when her life was already going to be different. It completely set my mind at ease to know that Luci was being loved and taken care of here at home by some of the people that love her most!
We all survived; it was a good, productive trip and now things are getting back to normal! Hopefully I won't have to be away overnight too often but at least now I know I can do it!