We had a wonderful, busy weekend. Of course the highlight of the weekend was Kaden's 13th birthday, but it was also filled with swimming and a concert. METROS, the Montgomery County/DC/NoVA public and private school swimming championships was this weekend. It began Friday night with the 400 free relay which Kohler was a part of, so we took the new ICC highway to get out to Germantown. It was pretty cool to drive a brand-new highway, all shiny and traffic-free (no tolls for the moment too!).
Saturday morning Kohler had practice in Germantown before METROS, so all of us minus Kieran (who had wisely stayed with a friend overnight) left the house at 5:00 a.m. to get there on time. The meet began at 8:00 a.m. and was so much fun to watch. I brought a bunch of magazines to read, and didn't even open one. There was tons of school spirit and the best swimmers in the area to watch which made for a great show. Kohler and his school did well, although not as well as he had probably hoped. Both relays he was in made finals, which meant we needed to come back in the evening.
We went home for a mid-day break. Kohler napped over three hours which I worked on my photography class (taking photos) and Stoehr took the other two boys hiking. At 4:00 p.m. Kohler and I headed back to Germantown. His relays did well, placing 11th and 13th overall, and we left the pool around 8:00 p.m. We stopped in Gaithersburg for dinner: sandwiches from the Corner Bakery and a dozen cupcakes from Lilly Magilly's. Both were super delicious! The cupcakes may even rival Georgetown Cupcakes, although there weren't as many flavors to choose from.
Sunday morning was early again, getting the younger two off to swim practice. It was also Kaden's birthday! We took 4-dozen doughnuts to his practice to celebrate. In the afternoon family came over to celebrate with us. Kaden picked Chinese take-out from his favorite restaurant and an ice-cream cake. Lots of fun gifts were opened--I think he got everything he could possibly want.
In the evening we picked up his best friend and headed downtown to the Verizon Center to the Bon Jovi concert. This was actually my third Bon Jovi concert (I fear I'm becoming a groupie!) and maybe the best. We had good seats and luckily there was no opening band, so we were home earlier than I had hoped. They played all our favorites and during the third encore song we booked it out of there and made it to the metro ahead of the crowd. Definitely the highlight of Kaden's birthday!