I love our nation's capitol!

Friday, March 30, 2007
Well, our trip to Washington DC went great. We didn't get to see everything we wanted to see, but we did do a lot of cool things.

On Saturday we went to the Air & Space Museum. It was really cool. We got to see an indoor kite flying demonstration, which was awesome, and we rode in a flight simulator, which was totally lame. The next time we go we'll definitely pick the simulator where you get to be the pilot, not the one where you're just along for the ride.

Sunday was a fun day for Mom and me. We went to a flea market in Georgetown. They had lots of cool stuff. I picked up one UGLY figurine so I could show Mom and almost died when I saw the price tag... $950!!! Needless to say, I didn't pick up anything else!

That afternoon we went to a US Marine band concert. They were pretty incredible. It was amazing how good they sounded. When they played "The Star Spangled Banner" it brought tears to my eyes.

David took the girls to the Natural History Museum to see some dinosaurs and the Hope diamond, then to the ESPN Zone for fattening food and video games. Katie had a ball.

On Monday we went to lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl. It's a Washington DC "must see". Check out their website:
http://www.benschilibowl.com/. That place was history in motion, and the chili was good, too! We also did a little shopping at Union Station that day, too, and spent far too much money on Godiva chocolate. Yum!

That night David, Alyssa, Pete (one of David's coworkers) and I went to a restaurant called The Tombs. Mom took the kids to the hotel pool. It was fun. Kind of a bar type atmosphere. After dinner Pete, who is a DC native, took us on a moonlight tour of the capitol city. It was amazing, especially the World War II memorial. I want to go back and see that monument up close. At night it's all lit up. Beautiful.

Tuesday was a good day. We went to the National Cathedral. WOW... It was HUGE! There were so many little prayer rooms and mysterious looking staircases. I loved it! We looked at a few of the gargoyles, too, but we didn't have any binoculars, so they were hard to see from the ground. The interior of the cathedral is ten stories high, so they were pretty far up there. After we went to the cathedral we headed to the National Zoo. It was a beautiful place, but they were closing everything up when we got there. Bummer.

Wednesday we all got up early to catch our flight home. Reese slept from takeoff until almost landing. It was great!

We'll have to make another trip someday. We missed seeing the Capitol, the White House, Arlington Cemetery and a few other things.

If you haven't been to Washington DC make sure to go someday! All of the monuments, museums, etc. are FREE! Their subway system can take you anywhere, and I always felt safe on it. It makes for a cheap vacation!

D.C. or BUST!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Hooray! We're actually going to get a little vacation this year! We are planning to go stay five nights in Washington DC with David during Spring Break. He's been working up there for a while and thought it would be fun for us to come stay. My mom and my baby sister are going with us, so it should be a lot of fun.

This will be our third trip to DC, but we still haven't seen everything I would like to see. I thought I would start making a list here of the things I want to do so that I won't forget them all! Here's the first one! I think Katie would love it, and I've always wanted to see the National Cathedral.

The Gargoyle's Den
Location: Washington National Cathedral
Address: 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NWWashington, DC
WebSite for more information:
Event Date(s):
03/03/2007 11:00 AM - 04/28/2007 02:00 PM

A fun, friendly place for families to pat a gargoyle, try stone carving, and make a gargoyle to take home. Explore stained glass, mosaics, and Cathedral construction. Ages 6–12. Open Saturdays.

This is also something we want to see. Somehow we've missed Arlington National Cemetery on both of our other trips.

Arlington National Cemetery

Address: Arlington VA 22211
Metro Stop: Arlington Cemetery
Phone: 703-607-8000
Description: Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Open daily 8 am - 5 pm (to 7 pm Apr-Sept.). Free Admission...