Sunday, May 10, 2009

When the Kids Came

We had a great time in April when all the kids came to Virginia. They came in shifts but we had a few days overlapped where all five were here at one time. All our guest bedrooms were filled with our family! Nate and Shell came on April 10th and stayed until the 18th. Callie and Matt arrived April 15th, and Kacie on the 16th, and they all left on the 20th. They were all eager to see the sights of DC so we kept on the go all week long. Here is the listing of all we did and saw...

Deer sighting - five or so in the woods
Smithsonian American History Museum
Culpepper, VA: dinner with Jared and Lydia Gwaltney

Easter Dinner
The Masters Tournament

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Capitol tour
Library of Congress
National Archives: the documents of freedom, the BIG exhibit

Dinner at Capitol Brewing Company for Nate's B-D Union Station

National Cathedral

Holocaust Museum
Jefferson Memorial (from across the Tidal Basin)

Callie and Matt arrive

The White House area
Washington Monument
White House tour
The Old Executive Office Building
WWII Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Viet Nam War Memorial
Declaration of Independence Memorial Park

Old Ebbitt Grill for Dinner
Kacie arrives

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
Capitol tour
Library of Congress, with exhibits
Starbucks at the old Fireman's Assurance Building

Embassy Road
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.


Anonymous said...

What's with that last picture????Nate & Shell

CallinaP said...

LOL! We were watching the deer out the dining room window. WHAT...a classic moment :)

That trip was truly above and beyond our expectations. It was such an amazing time together. Thanks, mom & dad, for being great tour guides! Can't wait to go back.

And to anyone reading this ...GO VISIT! you won't regret it :)