Washington DC Trip 2011

Rob and I are trying to take one vacation every year without the kids, this year we went to Washington D.C. for 6 days.

Day 1 Rob and I dropped the kids and the van and all their gear off at Rob’s parents house on Tuesday and off we went to the airport. We flew direct into Baltimore, I spent the flight sorting pictures for Rob’s mom and reading a great book. Rob napped! We landed, picked up our rental car (and after driving away wondered why we didn’t upgrade, I hadn’t been in a vehicle with manual locks and windows in a VERY long time!), found our hotel, and then got dinner from the fast food place next door. I had been to Washington DC when I was in high school but Rob had never been.
Day 2, we took the Metro for the first time and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be. The weather was beautiful and we walked and walked and walked all day! First to the Washington Monument, the White House (where it was fun to see their beehive), some cool old buildings on our way to the World War II memorial which was beautiful, then through the pretty park where we met a friendly squirrel, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the brand new Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, then the long walk around the water where we saw the FDR Memorial which both Rob and I really liked, then finally the Jefferson Memorial and LUNCH! Then it was off to the Holocaust Museum which was so touching, then to the Asian and African art museums which were not very exciting. And finally back to the Metro and our hotel. My feet were SORE!

The pretty trees just before the World War II Memorial.

I really liked all the little carvings that lead down to the memorial.

Vietnam Memorial.

In front of the Lincoln Memorial.

The trees were still really pretty as you can see here at the Korean War Memorial.

And on the other side of the Korean War Memorial.

I really liked this quote at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial.

Rob being goofy.

Day 3, started with a wonderful tour of the capitol building by my high school friend Jessah and her co-worker. Jessah currently is working for the Senator from Wisconsin so we got to meet her in her office and then take some fun under building transport to the capitol. It was great to get such a personal tour! After that we went to a fun burger place she recommended, then it was out into the misty, cool rainy day where I really started to wish I had my coat! We went into all the museums, mostly because they were warm and dry!! I really liked the Natural History Museum’s display on gems and rocks. Rob was so excited to see the elephant but decided that it wasn’t quite as cool in person. We learned we are not art people, I just cant get excited about really old paintings. It was fascinating to see the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We didn’t take too many pictures this day since we were inside the museums but it was a fun (but cold and wet) day!

The Botanical Gardens had these cool models of all the Memorials and Capitol made out of natural materials.

Day 4 We spent the morning in Alexandria which my mom says I loved in High School but I didn’t feel quite the same way as a grown up! We did get to go into lots of little antique stores but didn’t find anything fun to bring home. Then we drove to Mount Vernon and decided that we couldn’t walk around another thing especially since it cost $15 a person to go in. The gift shop was really nice, though! We went back to the hotel and got ready to go to the temple, we planned it just right so we could see it in the daylight and then the dark when we came out. It was very impressive!

Day 5 We went to Arlington Cemetery, the leaves were still beautiful and it was very sobering to see the rows and rows of graves. Then since the weather was so nice again we got off the Metro to see the Capitol building in the sunshine and then walked up to the Farmer’s Market, where we had a delicious pretzel and lemonade and bought a few fun art prints to bring home.

The view from the Lee House at the cemetery.

Day 6 We packed up and flew home to four little kids who were very happy to see us! It was a great trip!!
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November 2011

Don’t let their cute smiles trick you, they are a workout at church! I will say that I have greatly enjoyed teaching the 11 year old girls because Rob “gets to” take Sophia with him to class.

October 2011

Olivia made Zander a fort to hang out in while she did school.

We could just eat her up!

Our skeleton name craft thanks to Pinterest! (The skeleton bodies are our names in cursive and cut out on on the fold, turn the picture sideways and you can read our names)

Zachary and Olivia put the whole 100 piece puzzle together all by themselves.

On the pony at Thanksgiving Point.

The sweet calf and baby Sophia liked each other.

Baby butterfly who actually slept through Halloween, this was taken when we got costumes out to make sure they fit.

The kids with the carved pumpkins we grew in our garden.

Zander the monkey and Zachary the pirate, and yes they all wore the same costumes two years in a row!

Olivia as Alice in Wonderland. The weather was really nice for Utah, I was able to sit on the porch and read while the kids and Rob went trick or treating.

September

Baby Sophie isn’t such a baby anymore.
On a super fun walk at Cascade Springs.

Looking for fish in the springs.

All ready for church (Zachary and Rob were at church because our ward was GIGANTIC and you had to go super early to get a seat).

Brotherly love watching a BYU game on the computer.

Big smiles.

At the State Fair.

We moved Sophia and Zander into the same room, Zander kept climbing into the crib to see her.

Sophia, perhaps a future basketball player (ummm probably not since she has my height!).

Swimming at Aunty Jen’s.

Zander started liking the pool a bit more this year.

Big changes!

Well this isn’t a big change, just the pile of laundry from vacation…. I think the sand is finally out of the washing machine!

We started Sophia on baby food! She had some Cheerios on vacation but this was her first official feeding, she quickly moved onto eating what we eat only cut up really small. We didn’t buy a single jar of baby food for her.

We missed the first day of school for both Olivia who is doing her online charter school again this year

and for Zachary who is in his second year of preschool. He was so excited to go back to school!

Washington Vacation

We were lucky enough to take a long road trip to Washington in August to see my mom and do some fun things along the way. Here are some of the fun pictures from the trip!

Zander was not so happy for a lot of the drive to Ontario, Oregon.
We stopped at all the temples we came near, here we are in Twin Falls, ID.

The beautiful Shoshone Falls. It was amazing how much water was still in the river in late August.

At the Boise temple, which was under renovation.

At the amazing Oregon Trail museum on Day 2 of vacation, if you are ever near Baker Oregon for sure go visit it! This window overlooks the actual trail that you can still see in the hillside.

Family picture (notice I was wearing glasses, my eye doctor was trying to get a better prescription for my contacts).

The beautiful Columbia River Temple.

Snoqualmie Falls.

At the Seattle Temple.

Olivia with the Seattle skyline behind her on the ferry ride.

Group shot taken by Rob’s mom, Rob’s parents were able to come with us which was super to have two additional adult helpers.
Zander found it super amusing to run on the lines on the floor of the ferry, he had the best time!

Finally at Birch Bay, Washington.

The boys LOVED throwing rocks into the ocean.

Zander quickly learned that only the “blue” blueberries were yummy and then he wouldn’t stop picking them.

My passport got its very first stamp! (And yes the border agent thought we were crazy)

The super cute manatee during the manatee show that went something like this…

SPLASH!

And ended with a super wet Sophie who was sitting behind all of us who were in the “wet zone”, luckily she didn’t seem to mind too much.

At the Vancouver, British Columbia Temple.

My mom and I surprised Olivia with a trip to the brand new American Girl Doll Store in Lynnwood, she was so happy!

After selecting her doll we all went to lunch at the super cute cafe, Olivia was a LITTLE bit excited to get dessert.

All of my mom’s grand kids, Zachary, Emma, Zander, Olivia, Sophia, and Brianna.

Zachary loved flying the kite.

The kids were super excited to get blue Fruit Loops ice cream! Saying goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa.

Cannon Beach, Oregon.

For a pretty much unplanned stop, the beach was one of the best parts of vacation.

Zachary ended up getting swept under by a wave but he cheered up finding sand dollars with Rob.

Sophia and I kept our toes out of the REALLY cold water, Zander stayed pretty close to me too, he didn’t like the waves getting him.

My five favorite people!

At the Portland Oregon Temple. It was beautiful!!

At Multnomah Falls, it was quite impressive!

We ran into the parents of one of Rob’s friends while we were at the falls, what a small world!

It was a great trip! I loved seeing my mom, reading lots of books, being at the ocean, and just spending time with my family.