We hit Richmond for a quick visit with Claire and her mom and kids. Then we went to Timberwood Place and Skeet Street to see the grandparents before heading back up 95 to DC.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
While we were in the area, we met up with Nelson for lunch in Durham. Ate at a great restaurant called Firebirds, and Tommy got to meet his first Pham brother.
"Where's that guy with my cold one?"
We drove down to Carrboro to visit the Rhees and introduce Tommy to Aidan and Howard. We had a wonderful time seeing their great new house and hanging out, despite the Tar Heel infested town (Carrboro is right next to Chapel Hill and UNC). Aidan got to know the little guy and seemed to enjoy his company.
Monday, November 10, 2008
After watching the election results come in with neighbors, we all headed to the streets to be part of the celebration. It was so incredible watching the jubilant U Street crowd grow and grow until traffic was stopped, and strangers were running up and down the streets, hugging, high-fiving, smiling, shouting, playing music and chanting. It was a moving scene, especially being reminded that the people of DC (well, about 93% of the people according to the voting results) were celebrating Obama's win in a neighborhood that was once devastated by the riots following MLK's assassination 40 years ago. We got home after midnight and heard the party going on well past 2:30am. We forgot to take pictures of Tommy's first visit to the polls earlier that morning, but we'll tell him the story when he gets older.
The crowd at 14th and U Streets.
Tommy's second Halloween costume was a chicken outfit from Claire. On Halloween night, we gathered with some friends near the White House for a scavenger hunt. Our team was appropriately named the Chicken and the Egg in honor of Tommy (the chicken) and soon-to-be-born teammate carried by Lena (the egg). The hunt involved answering questions based on clues related to historic buildings, galleries and stores near the White House. After tying another team, we won a tiebreaker by answering the following question: In what year was the movie Ghostbusters released? Elizabeth provided the answer on the button, and we took home the t-shirts. Then we all went to Old Ebbitt Grill to celebrate.