We spent the week seeing the sites. We made a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, visited The Smithsonian to include Air and Space, Natural History, and American History, we strolled King Street in Old Town Alexandria, walked The Mall to visit the memorials, and of course ate at some really terrific restaurants. We also did our fair share of riding The Metro, which was Jack's favorite part! :)
I was also fortunate enough to attend Fairlington Methodist Church for service last Sunday with my aunt, uncle, and cousin but also got to see the part of my family that still regularly attends the church that I haven't seen in probably 20 years. The church has been in our family since it was built and my great-grandfather was the first choir director. My mom and aunt sang in the choir there when they were little and I was baptized there over 30 years ago. Needless to say, there's a lot of history for our family and it was so nice to attend a service there.
This was Jack's first trip on a plane and he did great! Me however, not so much. I really hate to fly but of course put on my happy face for Jack. But the landing at Reagan National was in one word, TERRIBLE. There were 45 mph gusts and let's just say I had a few choice words before our plane finally hit the runway....and I do mean hit the runway.
Below are a few pictures I snapped throughout the week. I refrained from taking my 60D and putting my family through a weeklong photoshoot. So I opted for the compact camera (which is MUCH easier to carry too) so I could just be a normal mom snapping normal candid pictures. But I pretty much failed at that too. I took maybe 20 pictures total and the others I got on my phone. But here are a few highlights.
Jack and Brons preparing for "blast off" as Jack put it, in St Louis last Friday.
The view of The Washington Monument from The Lincoln Memorial steps. As you notice, The Reflecting Pool is under construction. Brons was actually involved with the concrete company doing some of the work and did several drawings for this project!
Taken on The Lincoln Memorial steps where MLK Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
This picture just puts the statue of Lincoln in perspective. It's HUGE!
The Vietnam Memorial Wall with The Washington Monument's reflection.
Standing at The Vietnam Memorial looking back at The Lincoln Memorial.
One of our must stops on King Street on our last day. Sooooo yummy!
I couldn't believe the devastation that took place in Southern Illinois while we were gone. We woke up Wednesday morning to a 7am (EST) call from Brons' aunt making sure we were ok. She didn't realize we weren't home, so we flipped on the TV and started calling our friends and family. I was also scheduled to shoot a wedding in May at the Catholic Church in Ridgway that was demolished. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the wedding has been moved to an alternate location.
Jack and me at our family's church service.
George Washington's Masonic Memorial Temple located on King Street on Old Town Alexandria and about a block away from where we stayed. And for all you Dan Brown fans...yes, this is where the end of The Lost Symbol took place.
And we were lucky enough to get a little family time too! Wednesday evening we drove to Arlington to meet at The Liberty Tavern for some drinks and a delicious meal. My cousin, Allison who is now a nurse living in Philly, drove down to see us as well.