Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"Mom, Mom, feed me! I'm hungry!"
"I don't want to sit up straight ... I'm comfortable like this."
"Mom Mom, look at this cool fort! How come they won't let me in?"
"I told you you could have a COUPLE of friends sleep over!"
"I can't take my eye off her or she will take off like a flash! I wish malls had fenced in play areas!"
"But, Mom, this is how ALL the kids wear their hair now!"
I love you, kids!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I am sure you all have been to a museum or antique shop and had the experience of seeing something familiar from your past. I can remember seeing items on display that would strike a chord with me ..... "oh my gosh, I remember that my grandmother had one of those applesauce grinders" , or "I remember my sister had one of those lunch boxes", or "my Mom had a ......". Those of you who are our age, you know what I am talking about? The mere sight of something familiar, but perhaps long ago forgotten brings a smile to your face as a wave of nostalgia sweeps over you.
But this time, WHAM! The wave was really a slap upside the head. Oh, it really shouldn't have been a big deal. I mean, it was just Tupperware kitchen canisters .... UGLY orange Tupperware canisters. See if you agree:
But this particular orange Tupperware was in the Julia Childs exhibit at the Smithsonian American History Museum. What made this Tupperware a unique experience is that Barb and I owned a set of our own at one time during our married life. Of course, it was when orange was cool, but still, we are now at that age where we are starting to see things WE owned, not Mom, not Grandma, but we as adults owned ..... in a museum.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Deer sighting - five or so in the woods
Smithsonian American History Museum
Culpepper, VA: dinner with Jared and Lydia Gwaltney
The Masters Tournament
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Library of Congress
National Archives: the documents of freedom, the BIG exhibit
Dinner at Capitol Brewing Company for Nate's B-D Union Station
Jefferson Memorial (from across the Tidal Basin)
Callie and Matt arrive
The White House area
White House tour
The Old Executive Office Building
Korean War Memorial
Viet Nam War Memorial
Declaration of Independence Memorial Park
Old Ebbitt Grill for Dinner
Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Iwo Jima Memorial
The Netherlands Carillon
My offices (old and new)
Nate and Shell leave
Library of Congress, with exhibits
Starbucks at the old Fireman's Assurance Building
National Cathedral (with the bag pipers)
Georgetown: shopping and dinner at J. Paul's
The National Archives, the documents of freedom
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum
The Smithsonian American History Museum
The National Holocaust Museum
The White House
Marine One bringing the President home
Deer sighting - one in the neighbors yard (PS - We saw about a dozen in two groups last night!)
What a whirlwind week - what fun it was! We were able to check off some places we hadn't been to yet. We took loads of pics - there were so many good ones we could hardly cull them down to a reasonable size. So instead we broke them into three package.
First, is the time when just Nate and Shell were here:
This next batch is when we had all five kids here:
And the last batch taken after Nate and Shell left:
We were blessed to have them all here.