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  Ten mostly marvelous, beautiful, and educational Days in DC And this, our friends, is our last Washington DC post. Finally. 😉 Love and Laughter Jenn If you enjoyed this…

 

Ten mostly marvelous, beautiful, and educational Days in DC

And this, our friends, is our last Washington DC post.

Finally. 😉

Love and Laughter
Jenn

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A Cathedral and a Cemetery

As we travel the United States we like to visit different churches to experience different styles of worship and teaching. We chose to end our last day in Washington DC…

As we travel the United States we like to visit different churches to experience different styles of worship and teaching.

We chose to end our last day in Washington DC by attending a Sunday morning Service at the National Cathedral.

The National Cathedral is the 6th largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the United States (the largest is Saint John’s in NYC). It was finished 83 years to the day after it was started (Sept 29 1907-Sept 29 1990) and cost $65 million dollars which was all raised through private donations. More than 200 people are buried in the cathedral including Woodrow Wilson and Helen Keller.

After the service at the National Cathedral, we met our friends at Arlington National Cemetery to watch The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and to remember the price of freedom. The day was breathtakingly beautiful. We walked under a blanket of storybook worthy clouds through acres upon acres of sacrifice.

Arlington has a rich history. It was originally owned by the adopted grandson of George Washington, George Washington Park Custis, who willed the property to his daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis and her husband Robert E. Lee. The Lee family vacated the property in 1861 during the onset of The Civil War and federal troops began using it as their headquarters and camp. Freedmon’s Village was established in 1863 as a way to help slaves transition into freedom. In 1864, after a tax dispute, the cemetery was purchased by the American government from Robert E. Lee and the first military burial took place on May 13th 1864. By the time the Civil War ended thousands more soldiers and former slaves would be laid to rest in the rolling hills of Arlington.

Love,
Jenn

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Zoooooom!!!!!!

After our visit to the Air and Space Museum Brent mentioned he would love to take the boys to an air show. As luck would have it Andrews Air Show…

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After our visit to the Air and Space Museum Brent mentioned he would love to take the boys to an air show.

As luck would have it Andrews Air Show was being held the following weekend!

Yes!!!!!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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The Third Branch is a Charm

Too be honest I am a little DC-ed out. I am now. I was then. But there is so much to see and learn in Washington D.C. And what kind…

Too be honest I am a little DC-ed out. I am now. I was then.

But there is so much to see and learn in Washington D.C.

Outside Supreme Court DC

Supreme Court DC

And what kind of homeschooling parent would I be if I took the boys to see the legislative branch and the executive branch but skipped the judicial branch.

Inside Supreme Court DC

We couldn’t just miss the Supreme Court.

Library of CongressLibrary of Congress Statues Inside Library of Congress DC

Or the Library of Congress to see a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the room where they filmed a scene for National Treasure 2. 😉

That’s it. This was our last day in the National Mall.

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Frozen Yogurt DC

And it ended with frozen yogurt.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Ford’s Theatre and Where a Great Man Died

Inside of Ford’s Theatre where we watched,One Destiny, a play about Lincoln’s assasination. Across the street from the theatre is the Petersen House, the house where Lincoln died. The boys…

Inside of Ford’s Theatre where we watched,One Destiny, a play about Lincoln’s assasination.

Across the street from the theatre is the Petersen House, the house where Lincoln died.



The boys added another Jr. Ranger badge to their growing collection.

This tower is made of about 6,800 books, a fraction of the estimated total of 15,000 books written about Lincoln.

Then another quick stop by the National Museum of American History. Thing Two wanted one last walk through the war section and we both though this uniform worn by George Washington was pretty cool

We continued on to the White House. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get tickets for a tour despite applying 6 months in advance.

After a long day of learning we headed home…

Dinner with the Weeds Washingto DC

where we ended a great day with a great dinner with great friends!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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DC We Miss You.

A visit to the National Archives. (I may or may not have cried when we saw the Constitution.) A stroll through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. An afternoon…

A visit to the National Archives. (I may or may not have cried when we saw the Constitution.)

A stroll through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

An afternoon at the National Museum of American History. Probably our favorite in DC.

An ominous but breathtaking sunset.

A chance to take in some local culture at Maine Avenue Fish Market, the the oldest continuously operated fish market in the US.

D.C., we miss you.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Rainy Monday: The National Holocaust Museum

It was a rainy Monday. The grey skies and drizzle seemed fitting for the main destination of the day, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. We started with the children’s…

National Holocaust Memorial Museum

It was a rainy Monday.

The grey skies and drizzle seemed fitting for the main destination of the day, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

We started with the children’s exhibit, Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story. The exhibit is based on the historical fiction novel, Daniel’s Story. It’s hands-on exhibit exhibit that follows Daniel from his warm bright home, to the confines of the ghetto, and finally into the dark concentration camp surrounded by barbed wire. Along the way there are diary entries written by Daniel describing life through his child’s eyes.

Afterwards, we moved onto the main exhibit which is a narrative telling of the Holocaust using artifacts, video, and words. It spans 3 floors. Three floors of heartbreak, horror, and human spirit.

It took us 5 hours to get through the United States Holocaust Museum.

By the end we were all emotionally drained.

We didn’t make the decision to take the boys to the museum lightly. Ultimately, we decided it is a very important piece of history that we felt like they are mature enough to begin to understand without being terrified. It puts our “hardships” into perspective and, perhaps more than any other event in modern history, it reminds us of the cost of silence in the face of injustice. It’s something no one should forget.

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We also visited the Bureau Of Engraving and Printing next door but millions of dollars just doesn’t compare to millions of lives.

Love,
Jenn

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An Air and Space Sunday – Washington DC

I’ve said this many times that the best part about being a family on the road is meeting up with family and friends, old and new. In DC we met…

I’ve said this many times that the best part about being a family on the road is meeting up with family and friends, old and new.

In DC we met up with Brent’s cousin, Christopher, who was an officer in the Navy. The boys loved hearing him explain our airplane engines work.

One of the our favorite things in the Air in Space Museum was the original Wright Flyer. We had seen the reproduction in at the Wright National Memorial in Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. The story of the Wright brothers is such a great example of what can be accomplished through teamwork and friendship.

I was fascinated by Amelia Earhart’s red plane, a Lockheed Vega 5B in which she set many records. So fearless!!!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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A Saturday in DC

The best way to see Washington DC is by bike. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s fast. Just look how much ground we covered in one day.   Lunch in Chinatown….

The best way to see Washington DC is by bike.

It’s free.

It’s fun.

It’s fast.

Just look how much ground we covered in one day.

 

Lunch in Chinatown.


 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first met Brent he had a Rothko print hanging in his room.

Thirteen years later, at the National Gallery of Art, he is still intrigued.

Thing One? Not so much.

Later at the MirĂł exhibit the boys stated as a matter of fact that, “Two year olds do better than this!”

Little classicists.

(If only I was that good of a teacher.)

 

For some things there are no words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A perfect sunset for a perfect day.
(I’ll take it while I can.)

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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The Museum of Natural History – Washington DC

Is anyone there? It’s been a while since I updated. As you might guess, I’m a bit behind in writing. We’ve landed in Colorado to spend three months snowboarding and experiencing life…

Is anyone there?

It’s been a while since I updated. As you might guess, I’m a bit behind in writing. We’ve landed in Colorado to spend three months snowboarding and experiencing life in the mountains. Last year, we spent the winter in Florida playing on the beaches, swimming with manatees, and spending time with friends. We thought about going back to Florida but decided we needed a new experience. Sitting here now at the table bundled up in a blanket with a beanie on my head, I’m starting to wonder if we made the right decision.

We’ve been here just over a week and so far our water tanks have frozen, our heater has broke twice, and the the freezing temperatures seem to have shrunk the RV. Three hundred square feet feels about like three.

On the bright side this long cold winter will give me the much needed time to catch up on our adventures. Maybe writing about the fun we had over the summer and fall will thaw these frozen bones.

With that let’s go back to Washington DC….

Our second and third days in DC were spend with friends who we had met in Austin, Texas the previous fall.

We met our friends at National Museum of Natural History.

 

This is why I don’t like to swim in the ocean because you just never know…

The museum is huge and it really takes an whole day if you really want to see it.

What the?!?! Is this a opossom or armadillo?

 

 

This is the look I give my boys when they won’t do their school work. 😉

 

 

It was a great day. A really great day.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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