Future Days - Thanksgiving Planning

i know, i know, its not even Halloween and i'm bringing up Thanksgiving.  Well, there is no planning needed for Halloween.  My boys are at an age that they don't know if they want to dress up and my littlest can't even make up her mind and will probably dress up as whatever, on a whim.  So there.

Thanksgiving.  Once again we will be traveling East.  Both for Thanksgiving and for a family wedding.  Unlike previous years, though, we will be staying with family, have some downtime where we are not staying with family and then will need to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights to be near wedding events.  I'm both excited and a little bit worried because we have never spent a dime on lodging when traveling East since we've always had the convenience of staying with family.  But we will be exiting that environment so my future sister-in-law and brother-in-law can have the week to prepare for their big day.  I don't blame them to want that privacy, I wouldn't want the extra stress of 5 extra people (3 of them being children) staying in my home while I wrap up final preparations.  

We have about 4 days of nothing planned and were going to take the kids to NYC but nixed the plan and decided to save the money for a family vacation in the spring/summer.  Instead we will stay with a close friend in VA.  She has 2 kids and our kids get along pretty well.  Unfortunately i'll also need to rent a car so we can go back and forth to DC to take the kids out to do things.  I'm looking forward to hanging out with my friend since this is the only time of year that I get to see her.  But i'll take it because once a year is a lot in the bigger scheme of things.  I mean I have friends I only see once every couple of years and they are closer to me then Jen is.

Anyway, I feel a little bit overwhelmed planning our trip.  We'll be gone for 2 weeks and outside of the wedding and Thanksgiving I don't know what we'll be doing.  We've been to DC a couple of times and quite honestly we've done all the major attractions and museums.  I'll need to uncover some hidden gems and some awesome parks to hold my kiddos attention.

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