Monday, May 24, 2010

Road Trippin': Washington, DC

First of all, sorry to those of you who check the blog for updates and haven't seen any since Cinco De Mayo (at least you had a yummy picture to look at, eh?). We've been doing great, and in fact, been pretty busy with plenty to blog about...only haven't gotten it done. I'm hoping to catch you up a bit this week on our happenings.

Most of all, our recent "Educational Vacation" to our Nation's Capital, last week.

Chris has several days of meetings scheduled at headquarters (read: FREE HOTEL!) and we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to show the kids around DC.

We've been talking to them about it for weeks, I even picked up some books for the kiddos on the subject, and they were so excited!

Also, I have to say, they are PERFECT ages for some exploratory learning. The secret here is, have a plan, but don't be so rigid about sticking to said plan. ONE activity a day is plenty when the kids are happy! I let them chose a place per day, and the rest was gravy..if it happened, which most of it did.

The Critters in front of the White House. We had just had lunch (see below) overlooking the South Lawn of the White House while the Mexican Delegation came and went amid sirens and lights. This was our 3rd "walking around day" and they were still doing so great!

PB & J tasted SO good that day, after paying for over-priced museum food the previous 2 days.

This is the first time any of our kids have traveled by Subway. I'm glad their first experience was on the Metro, as the NY system isn't as clean and family-friendly. We did well for the most part. The last ride was a little hairy, we missed our stop because an elderly woman was between us and the door and had littered the ground with her grocery bags. By the time I convinced her that she needed to pick them up so I could get by (with my stroller and 3 kids), the doors were closing...and these doors are not the kind that reopen when you stick your arm in them, if you get my drift. Luckily, the next stop was where our dinner plans were, so we called and made arrangements to wait while Chris walked up to meet us....and everything was fine. But, whew, if looks could kill, I think that poor old lady wouldn't have made it off the train that night. Chris calls it my "stinkeye" look.

The Washington Monument was something my kids wanted tickets for SO badly. Having been a decade since my last visit, I forgot that you had to be there FIRST THING before the tickets were all distributed for the day. We missed out that day, and then the kids slept in (and I let them) the next day so we missed them again. Savannah, my little optimist, says, "At least we have something to look forward to next time we visit!"

Notice the skies, the first day was misty rain all day, the second was gray and overcast...but the 3rd was perfect and clear.

And speaking of the Washington Monument....did you know there was an Original Washington Monument, and it was more in the style of the Lincoln Monument? Neither did I!

Here it is! It's housed on the 2nd floor of the American History Museum. Very Neoclassical, don't you think?

And of course, we had to get a picture of the "Dum Dum" statue at the Natural History Museum. Just for fun.

Speaking of fun....the kids posed by their favorite animals, and it turns out there is quite a resemblance.

We had a great time in the evening with Daddy too. It was nice to be together during a travel week and have those worlds merge for a bit. We dined out, had ice cream in Old Alexandria, walked along the waterfront on the Potomac, and even saw Alice in Wonderland together one night. We love being a family!

Keep on Adventuring!


  1. What fun! I can't wait until my kiddos are just a little older so we can have experiences like that. I LOVE the pictures of your kids. That little Syd is a crack-up.

  2. HOO-RAH!! I am so glad you posted again after a while. I have been in deep mourning over your lack of blogginess as of late.

    Looks like you had a fantastic trip. And how AWESOME to have it so close to home! I'm hoping that in a few years (when both kids will remember), we can take a trip back East and see all that great history. I've never been either so seeing your pics make me that much more eager to do it.

    P.S. You are hereby required to post again soon. I miss you.

  3. Sounds cool. I've never been to D.C., although most of the rest of my family has.

  4. What a great family vacation...and you can drive.