Sunday, March 21, 2010

washington dc: day one

On Thursday we drove up to Washington DC for a long weekend. We left first thing in the morning after our usual stop at Dunkin Donuts for coffee. Since we moved to North Carolina, we've really enjoyed the fact that things are closer together on the East Coast. We're only about 5.5 hours away from DC making it perfect for a weekend trip.

We made a quick stop for lunch and we were in Washington DC by mid-afternoon. Our first stop of the day was Arlington National Cemetery. The kids did surprisingly well with following the "Be Quiet" rule. I'm not sure that they fully understood everything behind Arlington, but they did enjoy the chance to be out of the car.

Arlington National Cemetery with the US Capitol and Jefferson Memorial in the background.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


The Washington Monument

The eternal flame- the final resting place for President and Mrs. Kennedy

The headstones seem to go on forever. And no Christopher, it's not just heads that are buried there. And yes, that was an actual conversation we had.

After our hike through Arlington we headed to the hotel to check in. On our way downtown the kids got their first glimpses of what was to come over the weekend and they were excited! We checked in and walked up to Dupont Circle to meet Janne for dinner. She pointed out where she works (at least the direction the building is in) and we headed to Baja Fresh (we don't have one in NC :( ). The kids were SOOOO excited to see Auntie Janne and talked to her ALL through dinner.

Everyone say "cheese"

And one of just Lexie since she was facing the other way.

After our delicious dinner we walked across the street to Ben and Jerry's because the kids thought that we needed ice cream since we were on vacation.

Ice cream with Auntie Janne!!


The new way to eat ice cream.

We walked Janne back to her Metro stop and then headed to our hotel to get a good night's sleep for our busy Friday.

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