Last week we found out that Taylor's grandpa's cancer had come back, so we figured we'd come out and spend some quality time with him. The doctors let him come home from the hospital, and to tell you the truth he is as spunky and fiery as ever!
One fun thing is we have been sitting around listening to Grandpa Hal's stories. He has some amazing stories and I have been enthralled by all his war stories and stories about my mother in law growing up. We also discovered that Shannon, one of my good friends and old roommates, dad and my mother in law grew up together. Grandpa Hal and Grandma Julie were best friends with Shannon's grandparents! Such a small world!
Monday we went to downtown DC and walked around. We went to some of the Smithsonian museums and ate one of the most delicious meals at the American Indian museum. We got to see Julia Child's kitchen, the Hope Diamond, Dorthoy's ruby slippers, and the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner. We saw lots, lots more, but by about hour 4 my pregnant hips and my feet were not agreeing with all the walking. After that we went to Chase's (Taylor's cousin) baseball game and then Grandpa took us all out to Outback. It made for a long but wonderful day.
By far one of the best things about this trip has simply been just being with the whole McFarland family. Many nights were spent just sitting in the living room talking, playing games, looking at pictures and reminiscing! It has been a perfect few days, and we are so sad to be going home. Though it's sad to see Grandpa going through all this, we are so blessed that we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with him. We love you Grandpa!