Our quiet family days continue here in northern Virginia. My parents and sister came over to Elliott’s family’s house for dinner last night, since they live 10 minutes away from each other (!). It always amazes me to see two such different (and yet… so weirdly similar…) families gathered around the table, discussing and remembering and punning away.
Just before my family drove home, my father-in-law pulled a quote off their fridge to share with my dad. Soon all the parents were gathered around to listen, four graying heads who have raised nine children between them. The quote was:
After a peaceful morning at the ranch, we headed into the nearby town of Solvang to do some window shopping. This cute little town is entirely Danish and looks like it could have come out of a touristy neighborhood of Copenhagen. And the toy shops! We had so much fun rediscovering favorite from our childhoods and imagining Lena playing with some of them in a few years. Elliott discovered several different Playmobile versions of veterinary clinics. The one he’s holding here is the smallest clinic available; there’s also a gigantic one that Lena might get lost in at this point.
Later that evening we enjoyed another meal with the combined family at the ranch house. Even got a family photo, sorta.
And then, of course, another hard-fought Settlers of Catan game later that night. The lovely blonde on the right, Deborah, won for the very first time!
The next morning we helped feed the horses again.
Well, okay, maybe we just took photos and watched our hosts feed the horses. :-P
Lena’s sporting an awesome pair of wool pants that Elliott and I found at a kid’s consignment shop the day before. So fabulously funky.
And then, as usual, retired to the fireplace for some quiet moments in the afternoon.