Rainy mist –overcast day, little chilly. Up – Summer and I walked and she led me to Paul and Renee who are knew to the road and living in their van with a queen bed that was modified to fit in the back of it. Yep their minivan. A bit crazy but they were out trying to see how they liked it and what they thought of the experiene. Best wishes to them. They loved Summer and she loved them.
Started school with some journaling, morning math and a documentary from Lauren about “Honor Flights” – this was an extremely emotional and amazing movie about honoring our World War II Veterans that are still alive. It was very well done and told some amazing stories of some of the people still among us. You find a veteran after you watch it and truly want to hear their story! It was very well done and very, very moving. It was a great way for the kids to understand more about the wars of our country and the people who served for freedom that we have today. Gave a deeper meaning to Veteran’s Day that is coming up. It also made me miss my grandpa who I wish could have experienced something like, HONOR FLIGHT, prior to his passing. If you have a WWII Veteran in your life - check out Honor Flight. Awesome organization and a great event for the Veteran and family members.
After the video we needed a family hug, lunch and some time outside. We looked over school work and determined what else each of them needed to do. With a good internet connection at this campsite – I was able to get all 3 kids on Kahn Academy to do 3 lesson’s each today. We needed to catch up on it. We did well getting through it – some arguing over who would go first, next and last. Sometimes the arguing among these 3 gets overwhelming. While I fixed lunch up – Q got on Kahn, Mena had a worksheet to complete and Franki was reading. Then we ate and went for a bike ride through the RV park. I wanted to see where Paul and Renee were camped with the van …. They had a portable potty with a changing area set up and that was it. I don’t admire their willingness to try living out of the van ….wouldn’t work for me. There were lots of RV’s coming and going since it was a Monday. Summer and I walked while they road all around. We ended up at the playground being crazy. They just needed some “recess” time. While at the playground a sweet boy named Charlie, asked if he could pet my dog. Of course – Summer was in a playful mode and while she let him pet her, she was barking at me to play with her. She found an empty water bottle to play with and chew up. We then met Charlie’s sister, Kaia and his dad, Dan.
Really nice family…and the kids were instant friends. Franki decided she would go back to the RV and start her Kahn Academy while Q went with Charlie to see his camper and Mena and Kaia played and laughed at the playground. It was so good for them to have some friends to play with for a while. It started raining more and Dan and his kids had a practice for Jituzu. They come to DC to train every other week at a school here. Charlie is pretty good at it and his dad and sister workout too. Pretty cool stuff.
The kids were not really motivated to get out in the car today and so I didn't push them. We have 2 weeks here and while that is not enough time to see it all - we also don't have to cram it all in right away. So I didn't push the issue. I gave them one more opportunity and no one wanted to go anywhere.
So once our friends headed out to Jituzu practice we headed back to RV to finish up school and decide what we were going to eat for dinner and enjoy our evening. Franki was having a rough time with fractions because she didn’t want to take the time needed to work out them out. I ended up sitting with her and she got them all done. She is really good at math when she takes the time to do what she needs to do. She ended up upset about something and ultimately told me she just wants to go home! She was crying pretty hard and I told her to just let it all out and not worry about the tears. Sometimes a good cry is all a girl needs! And while I left her alone to just cry it out a bit – I felt really bad that she thinks that she wants to go home. I think the gloomy weather and being tired played a roll - but I was down some today too or just emotional - might have been the Honor Flight and reflecting on that time and those people that I miss in my life. But also made me want to hug my dad, my brother and others that have and do serve our country so bravely for our freedom everyday. Thank YOU early this Veteran's Day. My heart is heavy and with the rain and our adventure - it can be a little heavy! But a good nights rest and sunny day tomorrow will hopefully help us all.
Franki and I decided we needed to venture out a little - JUST the 2 of US! So we went out to grocery store and in hopes to find Old Navy to get here a few new items of clothing. She is outgrowing some of the items we brought along on trip. Well what an adventure that turned out to be. The old navy was no where to be found and we had to settle on Ross Dress for Less and it was not a very good one. We bought 3 things and will be returning them if they don't work....but we didn't want to stick around to try them on. We headed back home with our groceries and made soup and salad for dinner and cuddled up to some TV and a good nights rest. Tomorrow is a new day! We are grateful for making new friends and seeing them all week....they are here until Thursday!
Just a down day in DC - but we needed the rest!
Tiffany & Franki