Hey! I just noticed that today is 5.6.7!
We spent the day in the car. Yet another weekend morning where I had to set the alarm. This morning we left the house at 815a for a trip down to Richmond for Josh's First Communion. We got there a bit early (about 10a) as traffic was pretty much non-existent. That's alright though, I'd much rather have been early than late, especially under the circumstances. When we arrived, 9a Mass was just letting out, so finding a spot took a little time. I dropped off D and the kids to use the facilities and went in search of a spot. After one lap I found a prime spot. It was in the shade and right on the street, which made for an easy exit after Mass
Afterwards we went to the Jefferson Hotel for their champagne brunch, which was fantastic. Not only was the food delicious, but plentiful. There was everything from eggs (cooked to order or as Eggs Jefferson -- sort of like Eggs Benedict, but w/ a biscuit vs. an English muffin), grits, potatoes, sausage and bacon to smoked salmon, prime rib, ham, oysters, shrimp and mussels to all kinds of lunch dishes and desserts. I think between the twelve of us, we tried everything that was offered. My favorites would have to be the Eggs Jefferson, the grits and the oysters, although from the look of my plates, nothing went to waist...er...uh...waste. (EVERYTHING went to my waist after that meal!)
I'm not sure whether the kids loved the unlimited Belgian waffles (with all the sweet toppings), the desserts or the elevator the best (we were on the balcony overlooking the atrium). After about three or four plates of waffles and desserts, they were done eating (taking the elevator down and back up each time) they stopped eating and starting taking the elevator up and down just for the fun of it, although after a while, we had to put the kibosh on it as they were starting to get a little too rambunctious.
Brunch was a great idea. I'll not go into the details here, but suffice it to say that not all of us get along, so having it at a neutral location meant we didn't really have to spend one-on-one time and it allowed the conversation to flow unimpeded. It also confirmed the fact that getting an invitation to the new home won't be in the cards anytime soon: If there ever was a reason to invite us back to the house, this one was probably it.
We hit the road again and made the long slog north. It really wasn't that long, but after a big meal and not enough sleep, I was beginning to feel tired. We stopped off at Costco in Fred for some gas and I picked up an iced coffee at McD's (which took darn near forever). Fortunately traffic was pretty light (with the exception of a few spots) and we were home at a somewhat decent hour. The kids had some dinner, but D and I were still too full from brunch to even consider it.