Aaahhhh…nothing like a wonderful vacation with friends to get me all re-energized for my work.
This year we joined our friends the Jones’ for a trip to Washington D.C. Most of our kids (excluding Ava) are at the age to really understand the significance of what they see there, so it was time. We visited the Air and Space Museum (seeing the Wright Brothers’ plane was amazing!), Natural History, the monuments around the Tidal Basin (the Vietnam Wall is just beyond words…), the Natural History Museum (Aidan’s favorite, and Ava was rather fond of the bug exhibit, go figure!), the Archives (I missed it [missy needed a nap], but heard all about it), American History (seeing the Star Spangled Banner: awe-inspiring!), and Arlington National Cemetery, where I was happy that Aidan was old enough to note the ages of many of the soldiers on the tombstones and what they gave for their country. We also went to the International Spy Museum, which is a lot of fun, especially those with a fondness for espionage thrillers (that would be me).
We were there for 4 1/2 days, which was just enough time to take it all in without being exhausted.
Here are just a few quick shots from the trip…
Our kids watching the fountains, waiting for the American History Museum to open.
Ava had to hitch a ride a few times…there’s a LOT of walking in Washington (and for those who wonder who she looks like, wonder no more)!
One of the statues in the Korean War Memorial. The memorials alone are worth a trip to D.C.
And while most of the Cherry Blossoms were gone (I guess they only bloom for around 4 days?!), I found a few still on the trees…
Even though I took some time off, I have two sessions to share with you – a sweet 1 year old and a precious newborn. Coming soon!