Whenever we go up to visit family in northern Virginia it seems like we're always on the go. Part of this is due to the fact that up until this point, Chris has worked most Saturdays this year. We can normally only stay there for one night or sometimes even just the day. Added to the short time period is that we typically try to see both of our families when we head up there, so we never feel like we have enough time! This weekend was different. We had Monday off work and Chris wasn't working on Saturday, so we got almost three entire days with family.
One of the best things about going home last weekend was getting the chance to taste my brother's cooking. He's been living up in Pennsylvania since last summer and it seems like he's been fending for himself pretty well this last year!
I haven't been up there yet to visit, but it's on my list of things to do this summer after work winds down. I hope he's prepared because I plan on asking for dinner when I come!
Since part of our gift to my mom this weekend was making her dinner, we left much of it up to him and then just kicked in with a couple sides.
Another thing we do almost every time I go home is play cards. There are a couple go-to games that we always play, but every now and again we'll learn something new. This weekend we learned a game called Onze. It's always fun to add a new game to our repertoire - especially one where the number of players is unlimited. For those of you out there who like playing cards, I've linked to the rules. This game is played with two decks and is somewhat similar to rummy.
One of the other things I love to do when heading back home is seeing friends. This time, our friend Christina had just closed on her new house. (AND she used my mom as her Realtor!! If you're looking for a place to live, I highly recommend her. She found our old apartment in Arlington, plus our current house in Farmville!) It was such a cute place and surrounding area/community and I can tell she'll be thrilled there for awhile. We were able to walk to the grocery store and get her a housewarming plant, and then walk to dinner at a restaurant around the corner later that evening.
college roommate is closing on her first home too this week. It makes me feel so old and grown-up! Phew, sometimes I don't think I'm ready for being an adult!