Then we spent our remaining hours at the National Gallery of Art, which Robbie endured for our sake. We didn't have much time, so we just saw the highlights in the West Building.
Then stopped by the hotel to pick up our bags. I had tried getting a hotel on priceline.com for less than $200/night, but was unsuccessful. So it was more than we wanted to spend, but the Capitol Hill Holiday Inn was a great location and a nice room.
Because of the time difference, we were able to leave D.C. at 5:00 p.m. and still arrive home by 7:30 p.m. The kids were excited to see us, even though they had a great time with the Kyles and both sets of grandparents. Souvenirs included Smithsonian "Mood necklaces" and bags for the girls, and personalized dog tags and airplanes for the boys. The boys also got t-shirts and books from the International Spy Museum, and we got a money notepad from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for them to share.
It was truly a fabulous trip, and I loved our opportunity to spend time with just Robbie. But I think one of the benefits of travel is that it helps you appreciate home even more. It's good to be back. I love my family.