So with Mum coming in from Australia later than usual this year, we decided to take advantage of the boy's summer vacation and take the family to DC, and Mum and I go on to New York afterwards. We had picked out what was to be a wonderful AirBnB in the north-east part of the city and decided with 5 of us to drive up.
On the Thursday before we bought a Honda Odyssey so we could all fit in, and made the 8 hour (with stops at Bojangles and a 7-11) drive north. It was a smooth ride most of the way with traffic becoming pretty heavy about an hour outside of DC - even on a Sunday. When we were looking for a mini-van I wasn't sure I wanted a DVD player in the car, but after the quiet trip up, it seems like the best decision we ever made.
Once we unpacked, Amy and I went to Safeway and got some groceries The 5 of us then went the couple of blocks to H Street and got some pizza for the boys and some delicious Thai takeaway from Imm Thai for the grown ups.
A long drive and a big day coming up meant an early night for all. Big day exploring tomorrow.