Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Trip Part 2

Day 2 started out pretty uneventfully. We caught the metro and went out to Arlington for the first part of the day. I found that I love cemeteries. There is just so much history there! I don’t know how to choose the pictures to show so I will just say that eventually I want to put ALL the pictures from our trip on the Shutterfly site for you all to look at them. IMG_1974

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

We were able to see the changing of the guard, the Arlington House, the graves of the Kennedy family and Taft’s grave. It was so moving to walk around and see all of the men and women that sacrificed their lives so that we can have the freedoms that we take for granted.

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We spent the rest of the morning at the Smithsonian of American History. It was amazing to see some of the things that they had there. Just a few…the Star Spangled Banner (it was in a clean room and no photography was allowed), the last cup that Lincoln drank out of before he was shot, the ruby slippers, a car from the Dumbo ride at Disneyland, the original Washington monument, etc. It was amazing. They are currently working on an Obama exhibit but it wasn’t ready yet when we were there.

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The other side of the White House was impressive to. We came to the conclusion that this is the back of the house. I don’t know if that is right or not but it only seems to make sense.

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The Capitol Building. We got there just after the last group went into the building. We got held up at the National Archives and didn’t make it. We did get to walk around and see the outside though. Everyone was leaving work as we got there so it was really interesting to see. It is hard to imagine it being a place that daily business is conducted. After seeing the monuments and memorials it was good to see something that was still a functional place of business.

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The National Archives. We got to see the Magna Carta there. After that you had to stand in a line that seemed to be forever long. The guards there must have taken lessons in Nazi Germany. They were EXTREMELY strict. They made it very clear that when you entered the Rotunda where all the documents were located there was to be no flash photography or white lights of any kind. I adjusted the lighting on the pictures after I got home because they were totally dark. There may be a little bit of a weird tint to them because of that.

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The Declaration of Independence was amazing to see. I would recommend going to see it soon because it is nearly impossible to read any of the writing. I know that they are doing all they can to preserve it but I think there is going to come a time when it will be totally faded and aged and there won’t be anything that they can do.

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The Constitution was in much better shape. These are just pages 1 and 4. We wanted to get a picture of the title page and then all the signatures.

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The Bill of Rights. There were also samples of the books from Ellis Island, some documents regarding the emancipation, and several other things. It was so amazing to see such a big part of our history!

It was the trip of a lifetime. I would love to go back when the kids are older and really make it a worthwhile trip. Spend a week there and see everything! We has such a great time and are so thankful to Laurie who took such good care of the kids. She enabled us to have this wonderful experience!!!! THANK YOU!

The Trip Part 1

As promised. A recap of THE TRIP.

Joe and I picked up Laurie at the airport on Saturday. Her flight had been delayed a little so we decided to eat dinner on the way home instead of waiting. We decided to take the kids to Chuck E Cheese (we had some coupons) and figured that they would enjoy their time there. We had fun watching them play, seeing drama unfold at other tables, and of course watching the Chuck and his “band”. Jake was all about the slide while Lily preferred trying to play the games.

We left Monday morning on our little trip. It was a 689 mile drive to Germantown, Maryland. We went for a conference as delegates from Faith. It was a lot of fun to see people from Napoleon that we hadn’t seen in a long time as well as people from other churches in our region. We had some wonderful Bible Studies and some time to discuss current issues. All in all, a great trip.

The conference ended on Wednesday in the late afternoon. We switched hotels and quickly made our way over to the Metro Station so that we could get as much time in DC as we possibly could. We were able to go and see….

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The Washington Monument

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The Lincoln Memorial

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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The White House

Funny enough, we were really tired and absolutely ravenous so we were looking all over for somewhere to grab a quick bite to eat. We passed several restaurants but quickly discovered that they were well out of our price range. We were walking along and all of a sudden, just happened to stumble across the White House. It was the weirdest thing. Joe was saying that he just couldn’t get over the fact that it was right in the center of the city and it doesn’t seem to be that way when you see pictures of it elsewhere. We did get a chance to see it from the other side as well the next day. Pics of that on the next post.

We never did end up finding food there. We took the metro back to our hotel and ate at a seedy little establishment called JJ Muldoons. A little scary but the food was good and they were open late.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tired

I am tired. I just finished a little project for Joe and am about to go to bed but thought that I would write a QUICK update and do a more extensive one tomorrow with pics from the trip.

For those of you that don’t know, Joe and I were in Germantown, Maryland this past week. We left on Monday morning and arrived home yesterday. We were blessed by Joe’s mom who came out to watch our kids while we were gone. I have to say that there were moments when I felt like we were almost on a second honeymoon! It is amazing how different everything is with no children to worry about.

We spent a day and a half touring around Washington DC and had an absolutely MARVELOUS time! Last night after getting home we spent a little quality time with the kids and after they went to bed I had a great conversation with Laurie. It was so good to talk and catch up. I am so BLESSED!

We went to Chicago today to take her back to the airport and are trying to get everyone back into the routine of every day life. I want to save most of the details of the week for the next few posts but I do want to share one thing. Hannah was pretty sick while we were gone. Some sort of stomach bug I guess. Laurie, Matt and Christie had to deal with mass vomiting and diarrhea. Yesterday she seemed to be doing so much better. She had a bottle, a little bit of cereal and of course Pedialyte. She slept pretty well and was doing FABULOUSLY today. No diarrhea, no throwing up… And then the unthinkable. We were eating a late lunch at Giordanos with Laurie and Hannah projectile vomited all over the table and floor. You can imagine the panic that ensued. I ran her in to the bathroom and changed all her clothes, they cleaned the mess up in the dining room. We all said goodbye, Joe ran her over to the airport while the kids finished eating and then just after he got back Jake tipped an entire, FULL glass of ice water all over my lap. Needless to say we tipped well and booked it out of there. As if all this wasn’t enough drama for the day, while driving the hour and a half home Hannah had (you guessed it) diarrhea all over the place. We stopped at a Walmart and I bathed her in the bathroom sink (that is a whole different post) and got her all cleaned up while Joe bought her a cheap little outfit.

SO, now I am tired, she isn’t sleeping because she isn’t feeling well, tomorrow is Confirmation Sunday and I should really be there but I don’t know what I will do if Hannah has an “episode” in the middle of the service.

Just thought I would share. So tired….

On the upside, I got my new Cricut cartridge in the mail, I got a cartridge from Laurie for my birthday, and today I got my first paycheck in the mail!!!! Life is great!

Night all. More to come later, and they will be things that are actually interesting to read.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

65 Degrees and Socks!

Today was BEAUTIFUL! There were birds, freshly mowed grass, kids running and laughing, patio furniture, and baby feet.

IMG_1710Hannah was LOVING the outdoors. I don’t know if she was too sure of the grass at first but warmed up to it quickly! Her new favorite trick is to take off her socks and eat them or her toes, depending on what is closest at that given time.

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Jake was a little droopy today. He was tired, chapped and nursing a bleeding lip at the time of this picture. I think he did pretty well considering. :)

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The sock saga! What can I say, she loves them!

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The tough guy! He wanted to play basketball but the ball was flat and he is still not quite big enough for the regular sized ball. He ended up running around with a kick ball instead.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cricut!

I.Love.My.Cricut!

I have the little one and have been trying to figure out if I can cut all of the different things that the Expression cuts in  smaller sizes or if I shouldn’t use different mediums. My sister-in-law and my husband have asked me to do something for them and I am trying to figure out if it will work or not. Anyone?? Also, I am getting a new cartridge. I only have the George and Basic Shapes and it has served me well but I want one with a lower case option or images. Any suggestions from you Cricut users or for anyone that knows someone with one or anyone who has looked at them and thought they were cute! Just thought I would throw that out there. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

7 Months!

Our girl is getting bigger daily! Her eating has tapered off now. I think that she is done with whatever crazy growth spurt she was going through. She does look really big now.

She has started to get a little sensitive when people walk out of a room that she is in. She definitely doesn’t like to be left alone. She is very independent and seems to want to be involved in EVERYTHING!! She actually seemed to show a sign of preferences the other day when I was with her and Joe walked into the room. She got really excited to see him and when he walked out she started wailing.IMG_1701

She is still the smiliest baby I have ever seen. The rougher you play with her the happier she seems to be. She loves to get tossed up into the air and hung upside down by her feet. If you have the guts to swing her while she is upside down she will love you forever! She has the two teeth still and is really enjoying them. She got a little taste of mashed potatoes and bread on Easter and really seemed to like it. She is also trying to sit for longer periods of time. As always, toes are a HUGE favorite!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter #2

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Lauren and Lily with their Easter baskets. The bunny hid them pretty well. They had lots of fun looking for them.

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Jake-cute but gloomy before church and dirty and happy while hunting eggs.

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Lauren trying to put on Hannah’s sleeper and Lily finding an egg.

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Easter #1

We had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with family fun! Matt, Christie, and their 4 kids were here to celebrate with us. It was really nice to see the older kids again. They weren’t here the last time.

We had fun trolling downtown resale and consignment stores, playing an all-family game of kickball, going to the park, church, coloring Easter eggs, doing an Easter Egg Hunt, and of course LOTS of visiting.

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Christie with the “pink soda” and Matt showing of his multi-colored egg dyeing technique.

Monday, April 6, 2009

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