Monday, March 30, 2009
Notice how I skimmed over the farewells? It's a little coping technique I've mastered through our many moves over the years. I don't let myself "feel" the goodbyes until we're gone. Crying and blubbering all over the place is so embarrassing. I mean really, who looks good in the ugly cry? So I wait until I'm safely down the road to fall apart in the privacy of my family. Oh, gotta run. Hitting too close to home. Might cry, must go.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Our base house is really small. When we moved here 3 years ago we had to put some of our things into storage. Whenever I thought of our stuff in storage, I only remembered my favorite living room furniture. It's dated, but oh so comfortable. I spent 2 months on bed rest during my first preganancy, so the couch and I have history. I was so excited to see it in good condition when they unwrapped it today. It does have a bit of a funky plastic smell from being wrapped up for 3 years, but I'm sure a good cleaning and airing out will solve the problem.
Now the strangest thing happened. They brought in the couch, then the love seat, next the chair, and then they just kept bringing boxes off the truck. I swear it must have multiplied over the years. Are storage boxes like rabbits?? I honestly did not remember putting that many things in storage. Then again I was only a few weeks post-partum when they packed us out last time.
So now we have plenty of seating in our living room. No room to walk around, but plenty of seating. I may even have to take a quick nap on the couch before the packers show up on Monday. It wouldn't be that I was lazy, or shirking my moving responsiblities. It would be for old times sake. I'd hate my good friend the comfy couch to feel slighted.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
JFK's portrait is unlike any other. As the story goes, he sat for the artist on seven different occasions. This was what she came up with. As president he was a very busy man, and didn't take time for events like this often. It was because this artist was so quick that he allowed her to do his portrait. (At least that's what the docent tour lady told me :) I found this photo of Johnson's swearing in on Air Force One very moving. The look on Jackie's face is haunting. In person, you can see the dark spots of blood still on her jacket.
These are the latest Portraits to arrive at the gallery. It is interesting that George W. looks so casual. The rest of the Presidents have their portraits done with them in either a suit or a military uniform. I love the way Laura is reading a book, it really captures the things that are important to her.
Bubby also enjoying drawing in his notepad. It really was a great help keeping him occupied while the rest of us explored. This was in the special Lincoln area. The General was checking out the various photos and displays while Princess and I practiced the Waltz steps they had on the floor. Did you know that Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Ball was held in this building?
These photos were taken on the fourth floor. Can you believe the beauty in the architecture? From the Corinthian Pillars to the mosaics on the floor, it is simply breathtaking. Standing there I could picture women in big beautiful dresses twirling round and round.
This city has so many fabulous sites, I cannot imagine trying to squeeze it all into a vacation. I feel so incredibly blessed that we have had the past 4 years to take it all in.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Over The General's head is The National Cathedral. On the far right of the picture is the very edge of the Water Gate Hotel.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This was Bubby's 3rd Birthday, he is our 3rd child. Generally 3 is an odd number, and doesn't really fit. In this case, it is the perfect number. Bubby is the completion to our family. There are 6 years between Princess and Bubby, many of those years were spent in deep prayer. I kept saying, "Oh we have two beautiful, healthy children. This is manageable. We need to be done." However, God had placed this little boy on my heart. Each time I was certain we were finished with babies, I would feel this tugging at my heart. For some reason I kept feeling like there was one more baby for us. I'm so glad I finally listened to God's calling. Bubby does give me a run for my money, but oh is that boy sweet.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Left: The kiddos watch themselves on the heat sensor screen. Right: J. & The General playing with some of the hands on experiments. See the floating ball? Well, the clever boys figured out they could combine the two experiments: floating ball vs. vacuum hose. . .boy did they have fun!
Princess, V. & J. takes turns flyinig the plane. The wing flaps are all working, so they can actually see how the plane operates.
V. & Princess are checking out more of the exhibits. This hands on area is lots of fun, and the various physics concepts are nicely explained.
This museum is always a favorite for kiddos and adults alike. There are so many fun things to see and do, it takes a day to get through all portions of the museum. There are some historical airplanes and space items here, but if you really want to see the big planes up close you need to head out to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly (Near Dulles Airport). It is also a Smithsonsian Air & Space Museum, they just ran out of room for the big planes downtown. I personally prefer the hands on more science stuff downtown, but my husband and other airplane lovers really enjoy going out to Chantilly.
A highlight of the Air & Space on the Mall is they have food options. You can go with McDonald's, Boston Market or Donatos Pizzeria. I voted for the pizza. . .it was YUMMY!
Monday, March 16, 2009
On the next visit we checked out the following areas: Presidential, Science & Technology, and of course Old Glory-The Star Spangled Banner. The very flag that was flown over Fort McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. This is definitely worth a stop for the flag alone. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed. The flag is too fragile, the exhibit is dimly lit to help in the preservation.
Here Bubby is playing in the hands on portion of the museum. This is a new section of technology and science. They had experiments for the big kiddos and this play area for toddlers. I think they all had a great time.
Tips for touring: As always, I recommend visiting DC in the fall (nice weather, less people). Summer is too hot, and starting in the spring all of the schools start their field trips. . .again TOO CROWDED! If you must come during peak periods, get there first thing in the morning.
There are little restaurants in the museums, but they can be pricey. Most allow you to bring in a bag lunch, which can save you money.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
On the surface it is a very adorable toddler story, however, it reminds me how much he hears and takes in. Yes, his interpretation is quite literal now. . . I hope when he is older he will still be influenced by the word of God, and thirst for the living water Christ offers us.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Make sure to stop by the visitor center in the basement. It has some interesting displays and videos playing. Always seek out the park rangers, they are a wealth of information. They are thrilled to find people who are interested in learning about history, not simply there for a photo (they especially love children who ask good history questions, and reward said children with FREE stuff :). You can obtain a little National Park Visitor booklet from them, and each time you visit a different site they will stamp that site into your booklet. This can be fun for the kiddos. . .now if only I could remember those booklets when we go touring!
Bubby & I at the foot of the monument. That is the tidal basin, with the Washington Monument (AKA the white crayon-at least that's what the neighborhood kiddos call it :) in the background.
A favorite quote that is engraved on the wall. The irony is Jefferson never freed his slaves.
Bubby & I walking around the statue of Jefferson. I was trying to keep him quiet, as he was not happy to be in the stroller--punishment for running off. Sometimes it is hard to be a little boy. Sometimes it is even harder to be the mommy of a little boy touring :)
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Keeghan Barry was a 12-year-old boy who wanted nothing more than to grow up and find a cure for cancer. Keeghan was taken from this life on August 31, 2008 by brain cancer. In an effort to continue his dream, his parents are trying to raise money for cancer research, as well as to help other families still on this journey with pediatric cancer, through Keeghan’s Cell by Cell Fund.
Donations to the Fund can be made in two ways. First, by mailing donations directly to Keeghan’s Cell by Cell Fund, c/o Bank of America, 185 Chappie James Blvd., Bldg 4570, Bolling AFB, DC 20032. Second, through the purchase of jewelry made by Keeghan’s mom, Shannon, at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5036403. In memory of Keeghan on what would have been his 13th birthday, 100% of all jewelry sales in the month of March will go to the Fund.
Please feel free to copy and post Keeghan's story on your own blog, or link back to this site. If you would like to know more about Keeghan and his family you can visit them at http://www.skeleigh.com/ .
Thursday, March 5, 2009
There are many small chapels throughout the shrine, this one was donated by the Hope family in memory of their daughter. The art work for this chapel is completely different. It is like pieces of sculpture that are floating. Very beautiful.
Left: Princess taking a moment for prayer.
Right: Princess and her cousin standing next to the statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. (She is a Native American saint. Google her, her story is very interesting)
The National Shrine is located in the NE portion of Washington, DC, and is a little off the beaten path. Most of the tourist head to the National Cathedral when they are visiting DC, which is also very beautiful. However, I would highly recommend a visit to the Shrine.