This weekend our family began Faith Quest. It is a scavenger hunt compiled by the Archdiocese of Washington in which you travel to various locations throughout DC and Maryland. At most of the locations you then have a list (some small, some large) of things to find at the location such as particular chapels or artwork.
These type of activities make my husband very happy. Not only are we going from Catholic landmark to Catholic landmark, but he also gets to check things off a list which makes him very happy. It makes Clare happy as well. She made a long list of scribbles which she was checking off. When we were unable to get into the Dominican House of Studies (not specifically a part of the hunt), she soberly put an "x" by one scribble.
On Saturday we checked off the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Franciscan Monastery and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. On Sunday we visited Holy Trinity, The Cathedral of Saint Matthew and the Shrine of the Sacred Heart.
"We visited" often meant that my husband walk Meg and Clare around the sites while I strolled, nursed or drove Baby Anne. She was cranky over the weekend and needed extra attention. On Saturday she refused to nap but wanted desperately to sleep. I finally walked her out to the steps of the National Shrine where she promptly fell asleep. I enjoyed the view (see picture above).