Sunday, June 21, 2009

Washington DC in 24 hours...

We couldn't go all the way to the East coast and not visit Washington DC! I had visited DC a couple times when I was younger, and Trevor had never been. Since the family reunion ended on Saturday AM and Trevor didn't need to be back to work until Monday morning, we decided 24 hours was better than nothing, so we took off from NC early on Saturday for the 5 hour drive into DC. After struggling seriously for a place to park we finally found valet parking...thank heavens for valet! After driving around for what felt like forever, I was pretty much willing to pay anything to get out of the car! On paper the sites seemed much closer together, so I wasn't prepared for the walking combined with 90 degrees and humidity...but we made the best of it and bribed the kids with ice cream along the way. We spent time in the Air and Space Museum and Museum of Natural History (yeah for air conditioning here) and saw all the monuments on the mall except the Jefferson Memorial (sorry Jefferson, you were just too far of a walk), and walked by the White House on the way back to the car. Carson was really bummed we didn't get to go in the White House or see President Obama....especially after learning about him all year at school. He was checking out every car leaving the White House...
Car and Addy in front of the capital.
Carson at the Vietnam War Memorial.

Addy at the Lincoln monument.

Washington Monument.

My Aunt Amie and Uncle Scott + kids had the same plan after the reunion so we met up with them half way through the day. I love my cousins and it was so fun to enjoy the city as it cooled down for the evening. Here are the kids at the World War II Memorial.

Near the Korean War Memorial.

And, another reason we jetted up to DC was to see my college roommate, Karen! We felt so treated to be able to crash at their place on Saturday night. We kept them up way too late and occupied them on Sunday until our flight left. It was so fun catching up with their adorable family. My kids had so much fun playing with her boys. Thanks Jeremy and Karen for being such a great host and hostess!

And, after we made the journey home...which actually wasn't that painful, we came home to a strawberry patch full of strawberries! There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden strawberries...yum!!


Jen I 7:03 AM  

Aw! That's so fun you guys got to see Karen! Great trip!

Our family 8:44 AM  

I've been wondering where Karen disappeared to. Good to see her on here!

Tyler 10:39 AM  

Wow looks like it was a lot of fun! You know I just said yesterday...I am not sure what President obama could do that I would dislike more, but he has sunken to an all time low. Standing Carson up at The White house!!!!! I will make sure to let him know when he calls, that I am not real pleased with his performance.

Carmen Goetschius 9:54 AM  

I love this last pic of A and the berries! Cute! What fun adventures you have had! Yes, I am in Canby for the week and sadly I won't make it to Seattle! I will call you soon! Miss you! xoxox Car

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