Our whole lives we’ve lived just over an hour from Washington, DC.
We took our first family trip there to celebrate my birthday. We metro-ed in from the New Carrollton station. I think the kids like the Metro best of all.
As soon as we made it up to ground level, we bumped into the Washington Monument and took the traditional silly photos.
Of course, we had to take a photo by this big, ancient tree.
We made our way down along the reflecting pool
to the Lincoln Memorial.
After a picnic lunch, we took a beautiful walk back along the reflecting pool,
to the war memorials.
We happened upon a special processional to celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln and the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial.
We made our way across the ellipse, after stopping at a fountain to cool down a bit,
and finally on to the majestic White House.
We eventually made to the National Museum of American History.
Here’s Breanna rearranging magnetized kitchen utensils to run a ping pong ball through.
Brooke riding in a canoe.
And Chuck windsurfing.
Here’s Brooke measuring herself in nanometers.
And Brad extracting DNA from slippery elm.
We stopped for an ice cream before heading to a small garden that contained an amazing tree with thorns, the Prickly Ash.
We stole into the National Sculpture Garden for a little mind-bending art
and a short dip in the fountain.
Our tootsies cooled, we checked out the National Air and Space Museum.
We were too pooped to walk all the way to the Capitol, so we took photos from afar. It’s right behind me and Chuck, but seems to have been cropped out.
We hoofed it back to a Metro station three stories underground
to make our way back home.
On the way home, Brooke asked us if we could repeat any day in our lives over again, which day would we choose? Her answer…today.