Last weekend we traveled to Washington DC with my sister and her family. I have not been to DC since I was in middle school so I was really excited to have a chance to visit our Nation's capital again. Jeff and I really enjoy American History. We have gained an even bigger appreciation for it ever since we watched HBO's documentary on John Adams several years ago. While I was researching our trip, I was surprised at how close Cleveland was to Washington DC. The drive was only seven hours which included a one hour stop for lunch. So far this Summer we have made two 12 hour trips to both Myrtle Beach and Arkansas so 7 hours in the car seemed like a stroll in the park in comparison!!!
We left Friday morning and made the 7 hour drive out to the Baltimore/DC area. I ended up sitting in the back seat with Jillian and my 18 month old niece Nicole.
It made for an interesting drive but it was fun trying to entertain the two little ones. I was constantly passing back and forth toys, books, and puffs!!! The girls got along great! I was really excited that Jillian was able to spend some quality time with her cousin. Now that the girls are getting older, they are really starting to interact with one another more and more. It's so cute to watch them play together. Jillian loves to watch her cousin crawl around on the ground, I really think watching her all weekend motivated her to want to crawl too! I really think she is only weeks away from crawling.
We spent all day Saturday exploring Washington DC and all of the beautiful monuments located around the National Mall area. We decided to stop for lunch first to feed ourselves and the girls. We knew we had an exciting but long day ahead of us.
We then walked through all of the beautiful monuments. Each one equally as moving and as the next. It was so amazing to see so many people from so many countries taking in the beauty and history of our Nation's capital.
Our first stop was the Lincoln Memorial.
The view from the top of the Lincoln Memorial stairs was amazing. The Reflecting Pool shimmered with the Washington Monument in the background. Apparently this beautiful view also seemed to remind several people of the famous scene from the movie "Forrest Gump" because every now and then you would actually here someone call out "Jenny!". It was actually quite amusing.
We then made our way past the Vietnam Memorial. What an amazing experience. There were so many Vietnam veterans touching so many of their fallen friends names. There was also an individual who would walk around with a piece of paper rubbing the name of the fallen soldier with a black crayon for friend's and family.
I really like how you can see our reflection in the monument in this picture.
My sister and I posing at the Korean War Memorial. I don't think I have mentioned this yet on my blog yet, however, my beautiful sister is pregnant again although I am sure you can already tell! She is having another little girl in December, exactly one year after Jillian was born! This will be the fifth girl born on my side of the family in twenty one months so needless to say there is a lot of pink in my family!
I thought the World War II monument was breath taking! I loved the beautiful pool with all of the fountains. The pool was surrounded by 50 stone pillars representing each of the 50 States. We walked all around the monument just to find Ohio!!!
My sister and I in front of The White House. I was so excited we were able to get so close!
By the end of the day, we were spent! Our last stop was The Capital Building. My poor sister, she had to have been completely exhausted. She was a trooper though, I was so glad she stuck it out with us!