Thursday, May 11, 2017

2016 Summer Road Trip Day 6

There is so much to do and see in DC. Most things are free. We walked 17 miles the second day. It was was fun and totally exhausting. We reserved tickets to go to the white house months before. We ended up having to split up because I didn't know that I couldn't bring a purse in. So the boys and I went in while Dwight held my purse and then he and the girls went in after. The security process is pretty intense. Lots of bomb sniffing dogs. They ask you for you ID and birthday at several different checkpoints. You go through multiple 

We visited a couple of Smithsonian museums too.
We took a tour of the capitol building.

2016 Summer Road Trip Day 7

The Arlington National Cemetery was by far one of my favorite places we visited. It is so beautiful. There is a reverence there and patriotism that is hard to explain. I'm so thankful for our beautiful country and all the men and women who serve and sacrifice to keep our freedoms. 

 The changing of the guard was amazing and so emotional.

Ben's chili bowl was delicious!

Dwight and the boys and I went to the Smithsonian National Zoo while the girls had a choir rehearsal. It was a very cool zoo. Very different than our little desert zoo. 

I had to take a picture of this cute little cat for Gracie

The sea lion exhibit it so very cool! The will follow your hand around the glass and play with you.

 We also visited the DC temple. I was shocked by how big it is! so beautiful!! We didn't have the time or opportunity to go in. Next time!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2016 Summer Road Trip Day 5

Breakfast before we get on the road.

Day 5 we made it to DC. 

We took a shuttle from our hotel to the metro every time we went into DC

Our stop on the metro

The kids were scared of the metro at first

First day in DC it pored rain on us!!! We hid out for a while and then bought some umbrellas and went for it.

Washington Monument

My feet were dying in my wet flip flops

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is my favorite monument. It is so beautiful.

My hubby talking to the boys about history and the country that we love. 

I traded my flip flops with Bear for his tennis shoes for a while. But, his feet are bigger than mine. ;)

The Korean Memorial. My Dad served in the Korean War, so this memorial is so touching to me.