On Monday we took an impromptu trip to the National Mall. We were on the way to the local library when Lance called and said he was on his way home. Seeing my opportunity to spend less time alone with my kids, and because they already had shoes on and were in our filthpit of a car, we went to pick him up from work.
We got to DC, got some greasy gross food from a very friendly vendor, a Pepsi for Peyton and Casey because we’re masochistic, and were on our way to see the huge disappointment that is our National Tree. I’m not kidding. Have you seen it? I don’t get why they have to make it so ugly. It was this ugly five years ago when we came before? Far be it from me to mess with National Tradition, but really? The rest of the Mall is beautiful though. The White House looks pretty. Instead of an angel on the roof, they have sharpshooters.
While we were walking around on the mall I said, “That’s why it’s cool to live here. We get to do cool crap like this, ” and from way behind us I hear Casey say, “yeah, crap.”
Peyton was super mad we didn’t come just one day later for the lighting of the gigantic Menorah.The Atheists were super mad that someone took down their spaghetti monster nativity. All of this is true.
They had a cute little Santa’s workshop with the REAL Santa in there. I’m serious. That’s why I wasn’t furious with him when he told Peyton that’s he’s getting a Nintendo DS (which, by the way, was a completely NEW item added to his way too long list of crap that kid isn’t getting because he was naughty). Santa was super cute with the kids.
AND check it out- she didn’t scream at the bearded man! Take that, Uncle Jamey.
I’m pretty sure she asked for a pony. Surprise! She’s getting developmental toys! Poor kid.
Awesome smiles, kids.
We asked Carter to join in the fun, but now that he no longer believes in Santa, jumping up on some old guys lap has lost its appeal.
We did the lap around the White House (this time we didn’t get pulled over by the hot dudes of the Secret Service, which made me sad. Did I tell you about that? So awesome.) and drove home.
It was merry and whatnot.