My family and I had the privilage of joining my husband on the Citation Jet that he flies to Washington D.C.! Marc is a corporate Chief Pilot and his schedule is very unpredictable but very exciting. His boss out of the blue asked if the kids and I wanted to come along and we couldn’t pass up the chance. We left on Nov. 4th and returned on the 6th and we saw it all: Ford’s Theater, The National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution, the White House, all of the monuments and memorials and Capitol building, Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History. My favorite places to go are the ones where you can walk everywhere and D.C. is one of those places. We stayed at the Embassy Suites and we had a corner room with great views of the city and just blocks from everything! We did all of our sight seeing on foot and got lots of exercise and fresh fall air. Just walking down the street you pass the F.B.I. building, the I.R.S, the Treasury building, Engraving and Printing building where our money is made, it was pretty crazy! So much to see all in one place. It was also great to feel some cold air and see the fall foliage! I hadn’t seen fall in years and the kids have never seen the fall season. We got lots of great pictures of the kids holding leaves and we even took some leaves home with us! We had an amazing adventure and made a ton of family memories.
On board the Citation on the way to D.C.!
Since our hotel was only 4 blocks from the White House, this was our first stop.
The Washington Monument
The Lincoln Memorial, I was in awe at how big this was!
The famous Presidential Box in Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot. There was an amazing museum downstairs at the theater with a lot of artifacts from that night.
Annabelle in front of the National Archives. No photos of any kind were allowed inside the building, so this is the only picture of the Archives building.
"Hey Dum Dums, got any gum gum?" We love the movie Night at the Museum and it was amazing to see this up close at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History!
In front of the Capitol Building
Just breath taking!
The kids finally get to see fall!
Marc and I and the Capitol Building
Annabelle and Dorothy's Ruby Slippers at the Museum of American History
Annabelle and Sam wearing D.C.'s latest fashionable head wear!
Yesterday (Wednesday) was purple day! We learned more about mixing colors and that red and blue make purple. We made purple hearts during arts and crafts time We read “White Rabbit’s Color Book” by Alan Barker. This was an adorable book about a white rabbit who jumps into different colored bowls of paint and turns himself different colors. We also used the color paddles to show how different colors can mix together to make a new color and looked at our sensory bottles that have different colors that mix together too. And, also read the book “Alphabet Rescue” by Audrey Wood which reviewed the alphabet.
I Love Purple
(to the tune Three Blind Mice)
I love purple, I love purple,
Yes I do, yes I do.
I love purple plums that grow on trees,
I love purple violets, so fancy.
I love purple butterflies that fly by me.
I love purple!
Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood
Mixing red and blue paint to make purple...we made a beautiful shade of eggplant purple and sprinkled purple glitter on the hearts too!
White Rabbit's Color Book by Alan Barker
Red rabbit jumping into blue paint...hmmm, what color will he make?
He turned purple! And the color paddles to show how they mix.
The color paddles
Our sensory, color mixing bottles
Mixing red and blue
Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood
Halloween is so much fun! And we made a special dinner this year to celebrate. We made Spooky Spaghetti Hot Dogs (we used Smart Dogs), Trick or Treat Mac and Cheese and Creepy Chips and salsa. We carved the pumpkins, had dinner and then prepared to go trick or treating. It was a fun night!
The Spooky Spaghetti Hot Dogs awaiting their doom! These are made when you pierce a hot dog that is cut in half, with spaghetti, then boil them.
The special Mac and Cheese I stumbled upon at Target!
Our Halloween dinner
Annabelle getting ready to enjoy her Spooky Spaghetti Hot Dog.
Sam as Buzz Lightyear, minus his shoes!
Annabelle as a vampire!
Me in my fancy witches hat!