Compared with last Mother’s Day, we were a lot more active this year, with not one, but two outdoor destinations on the schedule. First up was Il Forno with a mom/grandmother reunion after 15 months, and the second was some fine Italian dining in Arlington.
We sought long and hard for some holiday-themed, pandemic-friendly activities and Winter Winederland at Bluemont Vineyards did not disappoint! The sun, views, fresh air and copious amounts of cheese and wine – the day had it all!
The pandemic couldn’t stop a visit with the Pentagon City Santa – our ninth year running! We picked an off time and had the place to ourselves for a quick in and out. While Colin walked through his and Owen’s lists, Owen wanted nothing to do with any of it. But, we made it through…
Despite some early starts around town, we waited until after Thanksgiving to bring some Christmas spirit to our house. We focused on getting tree, as even with a prepaid reservation, we heard things were getting scarce around town. Only two broken (and repaired) ornaments later, the tree was up!
The family holiday photo shoot must go on, and so it did! We had less than 20 minutes before the skies opened up. But thankfully we were highly efficient in our photo taking – even a slightly disgruntled little O.
We love hayrides in fall – even the adapted one this year. But little did we realize, we’d appreciate a holiday one as well! Whether Santa-hat-clad skeletons and pumpkins, a witch spitting snow or an enthusiastic alien waving hello, it all seemed normal for this crazy year!
We got into the holiday spirit pretty early this year with a pre-Thanksgiving holiday lights walk at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. It was our first trip, and being early on in the season, pretty sparsely attended and thus, a fun time! A scavenger hunt was a bonus, and we emerged victorious in the end.
Maintaining strict quarantining and social distancing can be hard work, but it can reap some rewards. In our case, we’ve been able to “double the bubble” and hang out with friends on occasion who are as fiercely dedicated as well. We enjoyed a fun 4th outside, complete with fireworks!
It was another day of celebration during the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant lots of treats at home. One child was more participatory in the fun than the other, but both showed their love for dad throughout the day!