dc in (a LOT of) pictures

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First we went here …

(One of like 227 branches of the Smithsonian)

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Cause Katie wanted to see these …

(The actual red ruby slippers, cause there’s no place like home …)

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And I wanted to see this …

(Lincoln’s actual hat. That he actually wore on his actual head. How cool is that?)

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Brooke got to see him …

(They were apparently deep in discussion – I assume they were talking about the challenges of being green.)

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And this, which she said was Noah’s ark, so well, that was cool cause I always wondered what it looked like …

(It’s really an old war ship, but I like her story way better)

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And then we got to have lunch with them, which was eighty kinds of awesome …

(These fabulous ladies are Sunday, from Extreme Parenthood and Stimey from Stimeyland. And I really, really love them.)

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Eighty one if you count Algernon …

(That’s Stimey’s mouse. He goes everywhere. Long story.)

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And then this happened, which wasn’t awesome at all, but was sort of hilarious …

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And then Luau and Katie decided to follow suit, except not on purpose, they just did, which made it even more hilarious ..

Please note: No actual children were harmed in the making of this post. Sadly, I can’t say the same for the popsicle or the snow cone. 

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(It takes a secure man to be willing to go along with this, people.)

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And then we had to say goodbye to them, which wasn’t awesome OR hilarious, except that I got a picture of Stimey saying goodbye to Brooke and they had this super cool moment which was kind of awesome after all …

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And then we went to another Smithsonian and saw cool stuff like this …

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And really big stuff like this …

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And really scary stuff like this …

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And really creepy stuff like this …

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And then a whole bunch of other stuff, but I kinda think I should stop now before I lose the three of you that are still actually reading this.

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After a break back at the hotel where we did a whole lot of stimmy, happy, relaxing stuff like this …

(For full effect, chant Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed over and over and over again while viewing)

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… it was time to go here …

(Which I hadn’t seen from this angle in years and forgot was this beautiful)

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But we had to wait at the gate for a little while so we took some pictures …

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And then we had to wait some more so we danced for a while. Cause that’s what you do when you have to wait, right? No? Well, that’s what WE do when we have to wait. I highly recommend it …

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And then it was time to go in and check out some really, really cool stuff like the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, the Roosevelt Room, the Situation Room (where Luau actually made a totally cringe-worthy reference to the Jersey Shore guy), the Navy Mess (where everyone eats), the Rose Garden, the corridor to the residence, the Truman Balcony and some other stuff that I’m sure I’m forgetting. What we didn’t see was Bo. The dog. Just ask Katie. And she’ll tell you that we didn’t see Bo. Because ya know, THAT’S what’s interesting at the White House when you’re eleven.

Anyway, since you’re not allowed to take pictures of any of that stuff, you’re just going to have to take my word for the fact that we saw it. And that it was cool.

So to summarize – No Bo; lots of cool stuff. There you have it.

But we did take these pictures outside the inside doors. I know. Just go with it.

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(Oh, and as per a reader’s suggestion, I did avail myself of the um … facilities in the West Wing. Just to say that I did. So I did. Enough on that. Moving on.)

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And then it was time to go (not that kind of ‘go’, I just told you I ‘went’, sheesh).

But not before Mama took like a hundred more pictures, which is good cause one of them came out like this …

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The next morning, Luau hung out with the girls while I had my amazing meeting with him

(which you can read all about HERE and HERE and HERE and finally HERE)

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And then we went out to see this from here, where it was really big …

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And then from here, where it wasn’t. (And yeah, these aren’t actually in order, but it’s way more fun this way, don’t you think?) …

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And then we got stopped on the mall by this guy, who said, ‘Excuse me, are you Brooke’s mom?’ and then told us how he reads Diary every day and his wife convinced him to go out running because maybe he’d bump into us and well, what the heck were the odds, but there we were.

For the record, the whole experience convinced Katie that we’re celebrities. She seems to think that since I’m obviously famous enough to get stopped on the mall in Washington, then I must also be famous enough to know Carrie Underwood. And apparently that means I can get us tickets to her upcoming show. Ya know, now that I write this out, I think I smell a scam. Damn, that kid is good.

Anyway, it was great to meet you, Patrick! And for the record, I’m sorry that for the rest of your life any time that you say, “Honey, I really don’t think that’s gonna work,” your wife will say, “Oh yeah, that’s what you said when I told you to go out for a run that day on the mall.”

I mean not that *I* would ever do that. Just sayin.

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And then we went here, which was amazing …

(I forgot it was so big!)

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And then something else happened there that I’ll show you tomorrow because for the love of Pete, how many pictures can I honestly put in one post before this just gets stupid? Yeah, I know, too late.

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And then it was time to head home. Which was supposed to take this …

(7 hours and 50 minutes)

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But then there was an accident and the highway looked like this and the trip took waaaaaaay longer than 7 hours and 50 minutes …

(Like 10 hours and a million minutes)

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But we put Godspell on and Katie slept and Brooke’s face looked like this as we made our way home …

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It was the wee hours of the following morning when we finally pulled into the driveway.

We were completely exhausted.

And overwhelmingly grateful.

Most of all, we were happy.

And full.

And that is the story of our trip to DC.

The end.

And of course, the beginning.

30 thoughts on “dc in (a LOT of) pictures

  1. I like it all!! And as a complete and ultimate side note, Katie and my DD share taste in shoes (my DD LOVES her Jack Rogers – I would have not the first clue what those are if I did not live with a 15 year old fashionista!). Love, One of the Three Still Reading. (this post rocked – loved it all!).

  2. Thanks for the phenomenal tour of Washington, DC through the eyes of the four of you. The pictures were great of all of you and your adventures. Loved every moment of the tour.

    Love you,
    Mom

  3. I loved your photo tour of Washington DC. It was so great to see you all having so much fun!! Thanks for representing us all!!

  4. I always take for granted how great it is growing up up near DC. I just braved the metro (alone) with the boys and went to the National Zoo. So fun! Glad you all had fun!

  5. Great post. Great pictures. You obviously have girls and I have boys, because there is no dancing while waiting for anything. Lots of questions and why and complaining. Definitely no dancing 😉

  6. I think I’ve said it a million times but I’ll say it again—you guys rock!!!

    I’m glad you had a good time and its always good to be home again.

  7. Where to start. . . so many superlatives:

    Your kids. . . the most beautiful! Abe’s hat. . . the bronzest! Luau’s hair. . . magnificent! (seriously, he does shampoo commercials, right?), your friends. . . so TALL! Science. . . so. . . scientifical! Algernon. . . so. . . mousy!

    Where’d you get those dresses for the girls by the way? That purple one is SO CUTE! And the blue one. . . but Lily-Purple. . . it’s a match made in heaven. I must know.

    Alright anyway, i have to get back to work, and I’m sure you’ve gotta shampoo Luau’s hair or rub it with rabbit’s fur or condition it or something. . . I mean LOOK AT IT!

  8. OMG!1 I loved all of the pics! How amazing! Looks like you had a fantastic trip!1 YAY!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us !! Looks like brooke dod pretty well too! I hope CYmbie gets there…something like that would NEVER happen now! xoxoxo This is just….wonderful!

  9. Since I have never been there, I LOVE your pictures. Way better seeing the sights from your perspective. BTW, I love that you got to “go” in the White House, lol, that is something I would love to tell people too. 🙂

  10. What a beautiful story in pictures. I also wrote about a recent DC road trip today. Somehow, we didn’t get to quite as many sites (nor have as important a mission) but the memories were just as wonderful!

  11. I shall now dance while i wait, once again your daughters are showing us all how to LIVE!! Amazing photos, thank you for being so generous with them.

  12. SO much fun to read Jess!! Loved it all. The running into the blog fan who was out on a run was just crazy! And might I add a footnote in reference to Luau’s snowcone photo? It takes a secure man to hold a yellow designer handbag as well 🙂

  13. Looks like it was a great trip. Thanks for all the pictures. Lovely, lovely. Can’t wait until our boys are a little older so we can go.

  14. Thank you for sharing this extraordinary trip with all of us. (and it has crossed my mind how much *work* and planning and careful thought it must have taken for that trip to go so smoothly, seamlessly, and successfully. Way to go mama! And way to go Brooke!).

  15. Everything about this makes me happy and not just because I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Your daughters are so gorgeous. I love all of these photos. But in the future, make sure that Brooke is always in charge of holding the sno-cones, because she did an excellent job of it.

  16. amazing photos! woohoo! lincolns hat…a bear…some dead mummy guy…and then, you know, making a difference for autism families. very cool, glad you got to experience all of this. i mostly just sat around and thought about doorknobs this week, so i am definitely living vicariously through your recent blog posts.

  17. I NEVER get tired of your pictures! They are way more interesting than my hubby’s family pictures…shhh…I didn’t really say that out loud!

  18. Thank you Jess for putting a face to Mike’s name, and Patrick and Sunday and Stimey too! Great photos and memories…but my favorite was Brooke smiling as she watched Godspell on her way home. Thank you soooooo much for sharing!

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