Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our Whirlwind Trip to Washington …

A couple of weeks ago we spent sometime in our Nation’s Capital. It was a wonderful, fun, hectic, family trip.

We started our Saturday at Arlington Cemetery. I had never been there before. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We watched the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Both of the kids were so respectful and well behaved. At one point they ask everyone to put their hands on their hearts, both kids stood side by side with their hands on their hearts, it was so precious.

After Arlington we went to three museums, the National Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the American History Museum.

We saw most of the exhibits in the National Air and Space Museum. I love all the old planes. I think that was Noah’s favorite museum.

Next we went to the Natural History Museum. It was so full we only went to a couple of exhibits. Abbey and I got to go into the Butterfly Pavilion. It was amazing. The exhibit is full of butterflies from all over the world. When you walk in you are surrounded by beautiful butterflies. Butterflies you would never get to see unless you traveled the world. As you walked through admiring them they would come up and land on you. I could have stayed in there all afternoon. It was amazing.

Once we got to the American History Museum we were all starting to get a little exhausted. First we walked trough the First Lady exhibit. The dresses were so beautiful. After that we took Noah through the transpiration section. They had buses, trains, cars, trucks, a subway car, it was neat. Next time we go I want to see Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

We had two stops left on a world wind tour, the Vietnam Wall and the Lincoln Memorial. On our way we were able to see the White House in the distance.

Walking past the Vietnam Wall is very hard. All of those young lives lost and there were so many.

Finally we made it to our last stop, the Lincoln Memorial. It was the perfect place to end our day.

I am hoping we can take Abbey and Noah again. It was a lot of fun. Next time though we are going to slow down and spread it out a bit. It is really a lot to do in one day.

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