Saturday, June 16, 2007

Back in DC

Yeah, I'm starting at the end, to begin telling you all about our trip :P

I'll do more when I get home, but I had some time to recap our last day.

We had a great day today. Very calm, reflective and exciting. Can it be calm and exciting both? Yep. :)

Started out visiting the Vietnam Memorial. Here are some of the kids at the Remembering Women in Vietnam.

We then headed over to the Lincoln Memorial.

Yes, can you say..."JENNY!" "FORREST!"

The fam

Then over to the Korean Memorial. That's for you Dad!

The ducks were so much fun to watch. Sometimes more fun than the memorials, who can blame them!

Here's the WWII Memorial. The fountains were amazing.

Minnesotans by the Minnesota section.

Waiting to see the Planetarium show at the Air and Space Museum within the Smithsonian. Look behind their heads--it's the Spirit of St. Louis. Minnesota native, Charles Lindberg's plane.

So that was our morning. :)

After the planetarium show we split up. Kyra, her cousins and Grandma and Grandpa went to the zoo. The rest of us (Tim, me, Alec and Abbi) decided to hang closer to the Smithsonian. Tim and Alec were anxious to spend more time at the Air and Space Museum. Abbi and I decided to head over to the National Gallery of Art. (OK, here's the exciting part, hee hee) We found works by these artists!!
Renoir, Manet, Monet, the only work by Da Vinci that is in the Americas, Boticelli, Rubens, Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt and I'm sure more. I was almost hyperventilating when I saw the Rembrandt work, and the Monet piece. I'm still trying to take calming breaths ;)

I didn't have my camera with me in the museum but here's Abbi in front of the museum.

And finally after that we met back up with Alec and Tim and walked through some of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Again I was thoroughly excited *g*, we saw a Rodin sculpture and a Picasso! Here's Alec by the Picasso, too cool.

More of the sculpture garden.

Can you see my excitement??

Relaxing on some sculptures :) inside the Hirshhorn.

While Abbi and I were drooling over the art pieces, Tim and Alec were reading about planets and learning about physics from Einstein, (ok, a claymation Einstein). Einstein was telling them about how some TV shows and movies aren't quite accurate ;) Now, here's a connection, Abbi and Alec just found a show on the History channel about the physics within the Star Wars movies.

What a day ~


Snavleys said...

Oh, you are bringing back some good memories. What a beautiful family you have! Glad you are having a good time!

Madeline said...

Wow! you packed so much into one day. What a day.

I think it's good I'm waiting 'til mine are older for this trip as they would be tired after one museum. The National Art Museum sounds amazing.

Can't wait to hear more.

Joanne said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. I just showed my kids. Washington DC is on their list of places to visit.

Galavanter said...

Oh man, we just missed each other in DC - we were there from May 26 through June 2, then in Williamsburg for three days.

How cool would it have been to just run into each other???