Our main purpose for the trip to Virginia had been to spend some time with our grandchildren and celebrate their upcoming birthdays. Nate turns 8 and Aberdeen will be 6. Both of them seem to me to be pretty mature for their ages. We had a wonderful time with them, and enjoyed helping them pick out pets: a pair of Beta fish (in separate accommodations, of course). Dinner at a fine place called the Shaved Duck, a bewildering name if I ever heard one, but delicious food and high tolerance for little people. We also made a stop at Quilter's Corner where, once again, I did my bit for the local economy.
After breakfast we left pretty promptly because we were expected in Alexandria before noon. We had a lovely time there, too, with Eli and Miles and their parents. The drive home wasn't arduous. Such a lovely long weekend we'd had!