Sunday, August 12, 2012

Washington, DC Trip Part 5

On Saturday, we had Michael with us for the day.  Yay!  We all rode the Metro together, and we went to the National Air and Space Museum.  That is Michael's favorite, and he has been there many times.  Between that and the fact that he knows so much about air power history, it was like having our own personal tour guide!  The kids all had a blast.  We spent the day there.  For lunch, we went to the McDonald's in the museum.  Again.  In DC, McDonald's is everywhere!  They did have Boston Market at the museum, but the kids weren't at all interested in that.  While we were there, the inevitable happened--the stroller broke.  That poor stroller has carried every one of my children, and I was pretty amazed it had lasted this long.  Daniel named it Strollie, we said our goodbyes, and we got a new one.  That night for dinner, we all went out to a yummy buffet.  Then, we had to say goodbye to Papa and TJ. :-(  Thank you, Dad, for flying up to be with us, and Debbie for letting him and TJ come!

In hindsight, this picture wasn't the best idea.  Here we are waiting for the museum to open.

 "Where are we going next, Jonny?"

Nathaniel in front of one Amelia Earhart's planes

Emily at the Air and Space Museum

TJ and the kids at the Air and Space Museum

The kids in front of the Wright Flyer
This is the best picture I could get.  Seriously. 
At first we thought this couldn't be the original because the fabric was pristine.  Then we learned that it is the original, they just replaced the fabric for display.

On Sunday, we went to church in Alexandria.  Their meeting time is 11:30am, and we didn't quite know what to do with ourselves with all of that time in the morning.  I did make sure everyone filled their bellies at breakfast.  It sure made me grateful that we have church at 9am.  Anyway, it was a really nice ward and we are glad we got to go.  After church, we ate the lunch that I had packed and we went to Arlington Cemetery.  It was so much bigger than I expected.  Every direction, there were graves as far as the eye could see.  We were still in our church clothes and we got a lot of stares while we were walking around.  We wanted to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, so we had quite a hike to get there.  It was so quiet and peaceful, and made us feel so grateful for those who serve our country. 

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