On to D.C.

Next we went to D.C.  D.C.  was a whirlwind.  There is SO MUCH to see there.  Let me repeat:  THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE IN D.C.  If you ever get the chance, go.  If you don’t, make a chance, then go.  It was wonderful.

Anyways, we arrived at our hotel on a Saturday night.  We were staying about 45 minutes outside of D.C., in Herndon, Virginia.  (Yay!  We were now in my home state!  For those of you who don’t know, I was born in VA.)  The next day (Sunday) we went to church, then we went in to D.C. “to see what we could see.”  We ended up walking around a good bit, then we went to The Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Mom and I went to the First Lady’s dresses exhibit.  So many gorgeous dresses!  The boys and Meiling went to the American President’s display while we were looking at the dresses.  Dad didn’t want to go through the First Ladies’ Dresses exhibit again.  (He had accompanied Mom through that exhibit years ago when they lived in VA.)  We took a break to get some refreshments, and then Dad, Drake, Noah, and I went back to the American History Museum, and Mom and Meiling went to the Smithsonian Castle.  Meiling wasn’t really enjoying the exhibits.  🙂 

The next day we spent walking around D.C., visiting several monuments and memorials, The Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space, and Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  Lots of walking.  I’m not sure if I had a favorite part from Monday.  It was all pretty great.

On Sunday we got Thai food from a restaurant a few minutes down the road from our hotel.  It was great!  We ate there twice.  Their fried rice, garlic chicken – I need to learn to cook like that.  Oh. My.  Mmm….it was SO good.  And so very different from Chinese, which is really amazing.  It looks similar, and Thailand is so close to China.  But it’s totally different.  In a totally delicious way.

Anyways.  Now for the photos.  I split D.C.  into two posts, because there is so much to cover.


Going into D.C. – Drake, being Drake


The Capital




(Ha ha.)


The Jefferson Memorial


Washington Monument


The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (I think)




The Smithsonian Castle


The Capital


One of the inscriptions on the front of The Smithsonian Museum of American History


This exhibit was great!  I could have spent longer in there.  When I saw there was a food exhibit, I HAD to go see it!




Monday – the George Mason Monument




The Washington Monument – I LOVED photographing it.  And I took lots of photos of it.  So you’ll have to bear with me.


The following photos:  The Jefferson Memorial








Meiling gave me a dandelion…


…and I wore it in my hair for awhile.




At the Air and Space Museum


(Read the caption in the photo)  Somebody has WAY more patience than I do.






…and Noah


Oh look!  The Washington Monument!


The World War II Memorial, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background




On the Pacific side – I got a foot in my picture. 


This has to be my second favorite photo that I took of the Washington Monument.


Resting before going to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – I’m not totally sure what’s happening in this photo


Drake, being his normal self


There!  A smile




We went out to Red Hot and Blue for dinner on Monday.  It was pretty good.


Next time…


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