Before I dive into our first day in DC, I want to thank our sweet friends who hosted us - without their kind hospitality (and I mean KIND! We're talking a comfy bed, gourmet meals EVERY NIGHT!!! A parking pass! Thoughtful treats for our children! And people who know DC - where to go, where to park, etc.!) we could never have made such a wonderful trip! They let us invade their lives and home and we are so appreciative! Thank y'all!!!
Saturday morning found us tired from the long drive, but also pumped about what was to come. A little Rallying, some sight seeing, all in preparation for the big 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington...which would be on Sunday.
We headed for DC from the Braddock Road Metro Station...and oh my! What fun!
Sister had her very own ticket for riding and fed it into the machine all by herself. She was a little intimidated the first time, but I think felt rather grown up, and quickly got the hang of it.
I realize for those who ride the Metro daily, it's probably lost its excitement, but for us non-city folk, it's quite exciting!
Post rally, we headed over to the Smithsonian Castle. Mom had given the children the Smithsonian Alphabet book. C is for Castle. And so we had to go. On our way there, Little Man announced he was sure "ders a bad guy in der and he has a BOMB!" The Engineer and I were like, "HUSH!!! Don't say that word!!! Here of ALL places!" My first impression once in the doors was one of awe. HUGE stone columns...arched ceilings, beautiful stone work...and then we looked a little closer, and the Engineer pointed out it wasn't really stone at all. It was faux painted. There was a chip here and there...kind of a let down.
Kaya made the trip. She had to borrow Samantha's dress. She wore her hair in braids with ribbons to match Sister's.
Little Man telling her all about everything!
Next stop: the National Air and Space Museum.
I am so thankful he was here, with us, and could explain all these hands on experiments to the children. We're a good mix, 'cause this ain't my thing.
We added to our smashed penny collection.
While this was thrilling and delightful for The Engineer and our children, I fought sleep. The. Entire. Time. And we didn't even make it to the second level.
We take the kids all the way to DC and when you ask them what their favorite thing was, this is what you'll hear:
They had these yellow cart things and they sold Tweety Bird and Bugs Bunny ice cream! But the eyeballs were soggy.
For my dear friend, Camille. I thought of you!
And so we walked...and walked...and walked...all the way to the Hyatt where the Tea Party Patriots hosted a Sign Making Party!!! Wooo hoooo!
This was SO MUCH FUN! There is something incredibly bonding about being in a room full of people of all ages, making signs together. This year, Freedom Works, who sponsored the 9/12 Tax Payer March on DC (which is why we made the drive), asked that all signs be appropriate...as in, no dirty language. Well, an older lady sat at our table and made a sign with a not so nice word on it. She showed me and I just smiled and thought to myself, "okay, they asked us not to do that!". The guy beside me saw it and said, "now you're going to make us look bad. That's not what we want." She ignored him and took it to another table. Kindly and respectfully, they told her to "white it out" and do it over. She did. Impressive. (And then I had that "ugh" feeling - like, I should have said something...but I'm glad the others did...)
We just let the kids make signs. And we let them write what they wanted.
Little Man's read: "Please Obama, Don't Take My Money." (This still makes me break out in smile.)
And Sister asked me to write out: "TEA: Taxed Enough Already," and then she added to it, both to the right side and on the back : "Praying for Obama." (And she does. Faithfully. And has, since he was elected President.)
And then, feet dragging, but hearts high, we headed back to the Metro station...
Sweet Daddy carried Sister, who was T.I.R.E.D.
And Little Man claimed stroller rights...he fell asleep in there before we even got on the Metro and slept almost all the way home.
And our sweet hosts served us a DELICIOUS DINNER...my friend knows me...she made her grandmother's salad - which is completely DIVINE and then Paula Dean's French Onion Soup. Oh. My. Goodness. It makes the top three French Onion Soups I've ever had. And I have a thing for French Onion Soup. Oh, and then we had her aunt's recipe for Ice Cream Pie with a homemade toffee/caramel sauce. Oh my. Oh yes. And then we stayed up way too late!