Another semi-surprise visit by some relatives for a two-day, one night visit to the nation's capital. Dinner at Tommy Joe's and then our apartment becomes a bed and breakfast for 8 additional people. Quite the handful, and not just because of how many they were. Our treasured Lladro flamenco dancer was almost broken as well as the disrespectful treatment of our new chairs among other things...but enough about that.
We surprisingly still had some open floor space in our living room to walk on after arranging everyone's sleeping area. Gotta love Aerobed.
Friday, August 31st 2007:
We go to the Natural History Museum and view the famed Hope Diamond, which I last saw when I was thirteen, before heading off to the Iwo Jima memorial, which I haven't seen and has all the U.S. - involved wars starting from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War engraved on the base. The statue is very impressive, and having seen Flags of our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima back to back, it definitely lends an interesting perspective.
Afterwards, we go to Chinatown for a bite to eat, where the food was served within 10 minutes - amazingly fast! before we part ways.
It was a short, but rather insightful family visit.