The first day of our DC experience began with a couple of museum visits. We spent the first part of the day visiting the Archives. Even though it didn’t mean a whole lot to them, we wanted the kids to see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. After that, we moved on to the Museum of Natural History. The kids were excited about this one because they had seen it on Night at the Museum II. We wrapped up the day with a nighttime tour of the monuments via trolley. This was a lot of fun and was a great way to see a lot in a few hours while getting some narration along the way. Here are some pics from our first day.
The Washington Monument…
Museum of Natural History
Dum-Dum…from Night at the Museum. This was the kids’ favorite part.
Riding the Metro…the kids thought this was a blast.
On our tour…
The World War II Monument…Wow! If you’ve never been there, it’s absolutely amazing. It certainly makes you appreciate many of the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf.
The Capitol…this was actually taken from our balcony.
Lincoln Memorial…I still can’t get over the enormity of these monuments. The architecture is amazing.
Marine Memorial…the scene at Iwo Jima
On Saturday we took in our second game of the trip…Nationals vs. Mets. We have a pretty neat connection to the Nationals – I graduated high school with Josh Willingham, the starting left fielder for the Nationals. He’s a great player and is having a fantastic season…he’s an even better person. As you can see, the boys were decked out in their Willingham gear.
Taking in batting practice…
In the kid zone before the game…
Our seats were out in left, so I was able to get these shots of Josh…
After the game, Josh and his wife Ginger (and two boys) were kind enough to invite us out for dinner. My cuz, Amy, was in town to visit them for a few days so we all got to spend some time together. We had a great time, and of course, the boys thought it was pretty cool to hang out with a guy in the Bigs. They’re planning to be the starting pitcher and catcher for some lucky MLB team in about 15 years.
On our final day (Camden’s 8th Birthday and July 4th), we spent time following church at the National Zoo. Let’s just say…it was hot.
Notice the two pictures below…any resemblance???
Three more monkeys!
We wrapped up the day with the DC fireworks. It was definitely neat to be in our Nation’s capital for Independence Day. I’m very thankful we were able to take the kids….hopefully they’ll remember these trips and the memories we continue to make as a family.