Last week the 4 of us headed to the East coast to visit my brother and his kids and my parents. They had rented a beach house on the DE coast and we were going to have a lovely week at the beach... until Irene reared its ugly head. We were on the fence about even making the flight as the hurricane tracked right for the east coast, but fortunately we decided to go anyway. While the DE coast was evacuated and we never made it to the beach house or the beach, we had a wonderful time in the D.C. area staying with my brother and going on lots of fun adventures with the whole gang. It was a whirlwind of a trip, and taking photos while 7 young'uns are running about is no small feat, but here's a first batch from our trip. Scenes here include a trip to the National Zoo (where the girls and everyone else loved these spray mist cooling fountains they had along the way), and a trip to a super fun waterpark where the girls got to go down their first waterslides and really enjoyed floating the lazy river with us.