Last week, Shawn and I were fortunate to have a little trip to our Nations Capitol. A HUGE thanks to our wonderful friends, the Palmer's for watching the girls! Although we missed them, we had a great time without them.
Warning: There are a few pictures with this post - but only about a tenth of what we took. I will put up a slide show next, for those interested. You will have to come to the blog though, to watch it.
FIRST STOP! Cafe Rio You read that right, there is a Cafe Rio in Virginia and happened to be right on the path of destination. It was fun to visit, especially as it was near the end of our 10 hour drive. Definitely not as good as those back home (I thought the tortillas were as thick as flatbread!) but it sure was great to have a feeling of "home" on our trip.
Our next stop was the Capitol. Again, I had arranged for us to take a tour - but we had picked up the backpack with our wallets/phones/camera/food, etc. Of course, when we get there, no food or water was allowed inside - so we didn't take our tour. Oh well. The capitol building is so big - the picture doesn't even do it justice. It was definitely a very quiet morning as far as tourist - so it was fun to be on the grounds with nearly no one around.
DAY 2 - We were geared up and ready for another exciting day in DC. We got to sleep in a bit, which was wonderful. No kids to wake us up and demand breakfast! Again, the pictures loaded a little out of order, but that's ok. Here is a picture of the Washington Monument at night. It was closed because of the earthquake from back in the summer/fall. As our trip progressed it became the point of laughter, because we could take a picture of anything and have the Washington Monument in the background. So, we have ALL angles of this beauty! I did like it lite up at night though.
Then we got on to see diamonds, gems, pearls, crystals and every type of rock or jewel you could think of. Here is the Hope Diamond, displayed in a Harry Winston wreath for the Holidays.
DAY 3 - We started the day off at 8am church. It was nice to take a break from everything and go to church. We came home and took a nap and then headed out that afternoon to meet up with our dear close friends Blake, Saleela and Sufyana! Blake is/was Shawn's best friend growing up. I meet Saleela in person last year when they came to Atlanta for a quick trip. Since, they have had a beautiful little girls, Sufyana (6mo.) and it was so great to spend the afternoon with them.
(one of the reasons we were able to go to DC was because everything was free to visit. I was able to get our hotel for $50/night on Priceline. So, we basically paid for the hotel, gas and a few souvenirs! Very affordable, even for students like us!)
DAY 4 - OUR FINAL DAY I will start out by saying, we walking just under 8 miles total today. That is just from site to site. It does not include walking around the sites and museums. Needless to say - we were exhausted by the end of the day, but it was all well worth it.
We started the day out at Arlington Cemetery. We stopped by the JFK memorial with the eternal flame and the tomb of the unknown solider.
(hence the lengthy detail about the trip.)
After what I am sure was a mile or two walk around the cemetery, we start off on our 8 mile adventure. Here we are, crossing the Potomac river to head over to the Lincoln Memorial.
(remember, more pictures will be in the slide show to come.) One of my favorite signs on the tour was "Tomorrow Only - Free Samples!" haha, tomorrow will never come!
We're so grateful for this trip and again for our friends for watching the girls. We had a wonderful time and it was fun to see everything. Who knows if we'll be this close to DC again, or how long it will take for us to come back. Hopefully, it was a great trip for Shawn to completely forget about school, and come back and have the energy to finish and push through this last year of school.
We were able to stop on the way back and have lunch with another cousin, Ryan Pratt, and his cute little family. Thanks Ryan and Jessica, for taking the time to have lunch with us. They took us to this yummy little BBQ place! If you go visit Ryan, definitely go there to eat.
It was great to see the girls again. Adalyn was SO excited and had the biggest smile on her face when we walked through the doors. It has been nice to just be able to relax, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and time to spend with the family, before we're back into the normal schedule again on Monday. They girls have been having so much fun playing with each other. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family! Life is great!!