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Our Family Vacay – Washington D.C.

8th September 2009

We just recently went to D.C. as a family to see the sights and more importantly, to visit with my brother and his family. It was the best trip we’ve taken as a family of four, although truth be told, we don’t take many week-long trips. Its usually day trips and over-nighters that are close to home. So this was definitely a special treat for the little people, and for the old crotchety ones too.

Our plan was to leave on Sunday 6 a.m. and it almost happened – until I realized that Starbucks doesn’t open until 7 a.m., and I’m sorry but there was NO WAY I was heading off on a 8+ hour trip without my latte. So AFTER I GOT MY LATTE, off we went, and 10 hours, 1 gas break, 1 food break, and 4 pee breaks later, we had reached our destination – my brother’s house. We were so fortunate that we were able to stay with my family – it gave our kids a chance to play and get to know each other, and it gave me a chance to hang with my sista-in-law (and brother), which I really haven’t had a chance to do, other than for small periods of time.

So what did we do while we were there?? We did as the tourists do – we saw the monuments, we went to several museums and we SHOPPED!!! Yes, I got my love of shopping (for myself) back baby! All it took was a visit to the outlet mall and a new Coach Handbag!! Hello NEW BEST FRIEND:

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So, what did we get to see?

TONS OF MUSEUMS:

  • National Museum of American History IMG_2986
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Aquarium

THE SITES:

  • The White House
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The National Mall
  • The Washington Monument
  • The Capitol Building
  • The Carousel on the Mall
  • The NGA Sculpture Garden
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Arlington National CemetaryIMG_3108
  • The Pentagon

Different cities in the Maryland/Virginia/D.C. area:

  • Silver Spring, Falls Church
  • Georgetown
  • Arlington, Alexandria, Leesburg

SHOPPING!!!

  • Leesburg Premium Outlets (I WANT TO GO TO THERE!)
  • Tysons Mall
  • TARGET!!!

Some highlights (for the adults):

  • As you may be able to tell from my above list, we are museum people, so we hit as many as we could (all part of the Smithsonian) and we loved every single one that we saw.
  • The Lincoln Memorial was unbelievable
  • My kids being photographed with hunkalicious sailors was a lovely plus.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial and Arlington Cemetery were jarring to say the least, yet important to see
  • The architecture and the city was beautiful. IMG_2994
  • The SHOPPING was FANTASTIC!

Some highlights (from the kid’s point of view):

  • Hanging out with their cousins
  • Seeing C3PO was fab for the little Star Wars fanatic.
  • They loved seeing all the fish (especially Dorie & Nemo) at the aquarium.
  • My son couldn’t believe his good fortune when we saw a LEGO store.
  • The Air & Space Museum
  • All the kid interactive areas that we saw at several of the museums

It was an amazing trip, and I would recommend it as a family destination to anyone and everyone. However, if you do go, please…..take me with you. I WANT TO GO TO THERE.

OH….ONE MORE THING:

We would like to thank our lovely hosts for a great week – thank you for not getting smelly until the end of our trip:

THANKS SAMMY!!

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AND THANK YOU SKIPPY!

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My Little Sailors

31st August 2009

My family and I just got back from our trip to Washington D.C. last night. We had a great time, saw everything we wanted to see and got to spend tons of time with my brother and his family as well. It was by far, the best trip we’ve ever taken – loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to share my photos and stories with you, but for now, I think these pictures sum up how much we loved D.C., and specifically how much our kids loved it too.

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D.C. Road Trip

7th August 2009

Its decided – we are definitely hitting the road, and heading to Washington D.C. to visit my brother and his family. We are very excited to see their little people, one of which we have yet to meet. We are also excited because my husband and I have always wanted to go to D.C. so this will be a great opportunity to do both. We love to hit museums, and all the sites, but we also want to take the kids to places that they will enjoy as well.

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Here`s where you come in. I need your suggestions for:

  • Must see attractions, museums, etc
  • Great places to take the kids
  • Best areas for shopping
  • Great restaurants

I would love your input!! Please leave your suggestions in the comments so that I can use them for my itinerary!! Thanks so much!

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