Saturday, June 21, 2008

Safe and Sound/The White House

We arrived home on Thursday evening and as usual I hit the ground running. And I'm not talking about doing laundry, that is just getting started today.

We had a wonderful trip to DC. My family remained in good health and we had a very fun and eventful time. Thank you for praying!

Donna called me yesterday to find out when I would write a post about our trip. I told her I was overwhelmed and didn't know what to post first. So, here it is in bullet form and then I will just post pictures over the course of a few days. Let me just say that this was a trip of a lifetime! I was in awe of the city and history and gigantic buildings and monuments. Everything was sooooo BIG.

I felt like I was 21 again and traipsing through Europe; running after subway trains, standing on street corners with maps in hand, walking until I could walk no more, getting lost, thinking the next stop was 'just around the corner', etc....

Here's the list of sites we visited in no particular order:

The White House (tour of South Lawn!)
The Capitol (tour)
Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Washington Monument
The Holocaust Museum
The National Zoo
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (gems!)
Smithsonian Castle
National Art Gallery
Arlington Cemetery
Mt. Vernon
The National Cathedral
Bureau of Engraving and Printing ($$)

The White House
Our first stop

We had already been to the White House but on Saturday they opened the south lawn to visitors. It is something they only do four times a year. One of our employees was down there and called us so we hurried down town and got to tour the grounds. Aren't we blessed! If you are interested in touring the inside you better call your congressman's office six months to one year in advance or have major connections.

Do you see the wicker chairs on the balcony? Do you think the President and First Lady relax there and have a cup of tea and enjoy the view. I would!

The beautiful rose garden.

The Oval Office.

Do you see the difference in pavement in the bottom of this picture? The kids are on the President's jogging path!


Donna Boucher said...

Wonderful post Janet!
You did a fantastic job with that camera!!!

We certainly have a beautiful capitol!!!

Yay for a illness free vacation!!!

Junebug said...

What a wonderful trip! I can't wait to see and hear more about it. Those pictures are great.

Ruthanne said...

Glad you're back! This is really fun seeing your pictures. Keep them coming as you're able!

: )

Anonymous said...

I wish I could go to D.C. A friend of mine is there right now and said he might not even go see anything. I was like, "What? YOU HAVE TO!"

Looks like you guys made the most of your time there!