A few weeks ago we packed up the car and took a trip to Washington DC.
On the way we made a side trip to Williamsburg.
We toured the church, trade shops, the Governor’s Mansion, the court house, the jail, and walked around the historical area.
There were many portraits of Queen Charlotte. The girls told everyone that we were from Charlotte.
I was really proud of how my girls walked around (there was a lot of walking!) and sat through all the presentations. They were very good.
Their favorite part of the day was playing in the maze that is behind the Governor’s Mansion.
Later in the afternoon, we got back in the car and headed the rest of the way to DC. We actually stayed in Old Town Alexandria at the Hotel Monaco. We did a little walking around Old Town and then had dinner at La Madeleine. We took the girls swimming and then went to bed to get rested for our first day in DC.
The girls were excited to ride the metro (which they kept calling the monorail).
Once we got off at the Smithsonian stop we decided to first walk the Mall and see some monuments.
The Washington Monument:
The White House:
We stopped at the Reflecting Pool to feed the ducks.
Breeley took her shoes off for a minute as we were standing there. As we were getting ready to walk away she was slipping her shoes back on and somehow tripped and fell into the Reflecting Pool. She jumped out as fast as she could and started crying. She thought she was going to get in trouble. She was also freaking out cause the water was so dirty. Josh and I just had to laugh. It’s very shallow and she had her shoes off so really all that was wet was her leg.
After drying her off we finished our walk to the Lincoln Memorial.
Then we headed to my favorite – the National Museum of National History.
We stopped for lunch at the cafeteria. We had hoped to just grab something at a food truck but didn’t see any. The cafeteria was pretty expensive…
Then we headed around the museum. I was excited to show the girls the First Ladies Dresses. It was always one of my favorite exhibits.
Alyse loved looking at and reading everything she could. Breeley… She was much quicker to get done and ready to move to the next thing.
Cammie missed a lot of it cause she was exhausted by all the fun we had earlier.
We saw Abraham Lincoln’s top hat:
Visited with Elmo:
Saw Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
And Julia Child’s kitchen.
The girls loved playing with these electronic paper dolls.
We stayed until the museum closed and then headed back to the hotel.
We went out to dinner at Chadwick’s and did some more walking around Old Town.
The next morning we met Josh’s sister for breakfast at Jackson 20 and then headed to Mount Vernon. (Not a lot of photography was allowed.)
After eating lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant we went on a short cruise on the Potomac River.
That night we went to go see some family friends that I have known for 20some years. It was so fun to hang out with the Sheets family and catch up!
Here is an example of one of the many reasons I love my husband – every night he was the one who slept on the roll away bed. Cammie was supposed to sleep on it, but she wanted to sleep in bed with me. So he gave up the comfy bed to sleep on the little bed with his feet sticking out over the edge. He’s the best.
Our final day we headed back into the city. We first went to the Air and Space Museum (which was packed!). We walked around very quickly but made sure we saw the Wright Brother’s plane and looked at some space stuff too.
Finally we headed over to the National Museum of Natural History.
Again we ate at the (expensive) cafeteria and it was so busy. We walked around and saw dinosaurs, butterflies, mummies, and their favorite part- the minerals and gems.
(Breeley had to take some time to put on some of my lipstick.)
When the museum closed we walked a few blocks to Poste to meet Josh’s sister again. It was an excellent meal and a great ending of our time in DC. We rode the metro back to our hotel and started to pack up and get ready for our trip back home the next day.
We really had such a great time! We saw a lot and I really think the girls loved learning about a lot of things we have been learning about in school. I know we will go back when they are older, especially since there is so much more that we did not get to do and see.
I did make YouTube videos of our trip. Make sure you check them out!