Ok, get ready for a little carpel tunnel in your fingertips because I have a whole slew of pictures to post to finish up our D.C. extravaganza.I think it's safe to say the kids really like that place.
We visited the FDR Memorial.
I love the waterfalls there:
(Obviously so do they.)
I have to throw the following picture in for reminiscing sake because it's from when we lived in D.C. (that's Elle on Dave's back) when his little brother and sister came to visit. Let's just pause and reflect on those wing-dinger pants I'm wearing. Seriously, I don't know that I could have hiked them up any higher.
And here we are in the same spot so many years later:
(That's my cute sister-in-law Julie on the left.)
As long as we're reminiscing again, I have to throw in this one that I forgot to put in with the Lincoln/Washington Memorial posts:This is how our family was in D.C. (I was pregnant with Grace). We have so many great memories in that city.
Ok, but let's get back to this trip.
There was one new memorial they have built since we lived there:Like all the other Memorials, it is very beautifully done.
There was some big veterans event when we got there and it was kind of emotional to see all those men who this memorial means that much more to sitting together for some kind of a photo op:
That above picture shows how massive this memorial is.
Walking around the city, these are some of the pictures my kids actually asked me to take:
(They were SO excited about that one. That totally is the real President.)
...and here are some I wanted to take:
I have to say that Claire was SO good on this trip. We worried a little about taking her because we knew how much walking was involved, and, well, to put it politely, "whining" and "walking" long distances have gone hand in hand in the past when it comes to Claire.
But man alive, there was not one whine or complaint coming from this girl's mouth. She was so fun to have along.
Eli and Julie were such great hosts. One night we had a barbecue on the roof of their apartment. Check out the capitol right behind Dave in the background. Nice view, huh?
We got to see the new apartment they are moving into next month (behind these guys below):
Elle was excited.
My family will appreciate getting to see their new kitchen. The light in that place is SO beautiful they are going to be in hog heaven getting great shots of their triplets on the way.
(Kidding...just checking to see if you're still paying attention...)
We went out on a double date to Georgetown one night without the kids. Love hanging out with these two.
(That darn small camera I brought isn't the best, but that's the Kennedy Center behind us.)
The last day we went to check out how money is made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing which was another thing on the very top of the kids' list of places they wanted to visit (thanks to Dave and his marathon training for getting the tickets).
We were all enamored by all those stacks of money in that place.
(Once again, no inside pictures allowed, darn it.)
I LOVE the architecture of this city.
Everywhere you look there is something beautiful and historic to greet your eyes.
Our last stop was Mount Vernon.
Another one of my favorite places. And it's even cooler now because there's a huge new learning center and museum all about George Washington. We even totally got to meet his wife Martha: Let's go ahead and reminisce one last time:
(Gotta love those overalls. Man, I'd excuse myself and say I was stylish for back then, but then look at my cute sis-in-law...yeah, no excuse.)
For some reason I just love that picture above.
It was SO green it almost hurt our so-accustomed-to-the-desert eyes!
Oh wait, had to catch the ice cream we polished off the trip with:
After Mount Vernon we headed to the airport and got stuck in serious bumper-to-bumper traffic. As the time ticked on we were positive we were going to miss our flights (mine was to the Bardet-Biedl conference and Dave and the kids home). But miraculously we made it. One of my sweetest memories from the trip was when I dropped Dave and the kids off at the airport curb (my flight was a teeny bit later) and watched those kids' determined, flushed faces kiss me goodbye and RUN after their Dad like little ducks in a row as fast as their legs would carry them.
They made it two minutes before the closed the flight.
And all because of a sweet man who drove me where I needed to be from the rental car place I made mine too.
What a trip, I tell you. All the planning and saving up and looking forward to it like nobody's business didn't disappoint. We are so very thankful to have had that opportunity.