More Lessons Learned
Important lesson number one: Any more than 6 outfits (6 bottoms/6 tops) is superfluous. Not necessary. You can come up with endless outfit combinations. If we can survive with only 6 on vacation, why not just 6 for life? (can you tell I am in my post vacation purge mode?)
Important lesson number two: Field trips with kids are a whole different ball game than field trips with just 2 adults. Kids need breaks. Kids need rest days. It is not profitable to cram your days full from top to bottom.
Have I mentioned how excited I was to tour our nation's capitol? Maybe it goes without saying.
I have been to London-twice. I have been to Ottawa. I have been to Amsterdam. I had not been to DC. But now I have.
The best part for me in any big city is seeing the sights. I love to walk or bike around a city, just soaking up the atmosphere, architecture, and history.
I would recommend visiting the Air and Space Museum. There is a lot to do and see. Lots of technical stuff and history. Having been to the Henry Ford, and the Flight Museum on Love Field in Dallas, I have to say that this blows both of these out of the water.
We dipped in at the Archives. We will definitely go back there when the kids are a bit older and can appreciate it.
The Natural History Museum was a bust. I am not a fan of ANY natural history museums that I have visited. I hate being inundated with evolutionary propaganda. It irritates me. I did enjoy seeing the Hope Diamond, as well as the Deep Oceans Exploration movie.
Here is a whole lot of pics. Rest assured-I left a whole lot more out. (Like 24 out of 108)
|Elephant at the Natural History Museum...Henry???|
|Smithsonian Castle-who knew?|
|all of us-BMV with blue sorbet lips|
Embrace the Camera
|Yay for women! WWII monument|
|I tear up at monuments|
|Meres dipping her toes at the WWII monument fountain|
|and the rest of the gang|
|awesome structure-closed for earthquake repairs|
|each star=1,000 lost American lives.|
|what else can be said-except "thank you!"|
|Washington Monument and Capitol Building|
|Soaked because we got rained on as we headed towards our car.|
|hot and bothered on the steps of the Capitol|
|Navy Memorial-good old MI|
|Sunset View from Jefferson|
|me and the offspring|
|Meres tuckered on the ride home yesterday.|
And, I can't wait to go back! What is your favorite part of DC? Is there anything you'd recommend that we didn't take in?