Tuesday, September 23, 2008

2nd Stop~Washington D.C.

We drove to D.C. from Gettysburg and started our day with what else but a Hot Dog stand!
(notice the Capital Building in the background) We had only half a day and the evening in D.C. so we tried to make the most of it while we were there.    
We first walked over to the Air & Space Museum.
Here the kids are touching a piece of rock actually from the MOON!
Inside the museum there were hanging planes, parts of old utilized 
space craft and all you ever wanted to know about "flying."

Tim tried to get a shot of us with the capital in the back...uh good try hon.

Next stop: The Natural History Museum (Daylan kept calling it "Night of The Museum"...like the Movie..he thought he was really IN the movie.)
The kids got a kick out of this Beehive that was actually in the walls of the museum. It had a tunnel for the BEES to travel in & out of. Daylan didn't want to leave until "all the bees got out otay.." He thought they were stuck in there.

Daylan has LOVED chasing the squirrels that we've encountered this last week.
We walked the long journey to the Washington Monument which we had tickets for. I was excited to go up to the top of the monument since this was one thing I'd never done in D.C.
~waiting to go up to the top~
We have learned a lot about the George Washington while here & now even Dude can point him out & try to say his name.

Spencer & Kaylea looking out the windows at the spectacular view from the top of the Washington Monument.
zoomed in on The White House

Every time we saw the Capital Building that day, Spencer would start singing "I'm just a bill- yea I'm only a bill & I'm sitting here on Capital Hill..." from School House Rock.
We took another lengthly but beautiful walk to the Veteran's Memorial
(we fed ducks & squirrels along the way.)

Spence wearing his U.S.A army shirt as we honor those who have served our country. 
These photos hopefully give you an sense of the reverent feeling that is here at the Memorial.
I love this one of my little guy. He is truly an old soul who has more wisdom than most adults.

Kaylea's famous smile with the Washington Monument behind her.

Spencer wouldn't let us leave D.C. without seeing the Lincoln Memorial. (he saw it in 2004 but it obviously meant much more this time.) He had since seen the statue on T.V shows and having had learned more about Abraham Lincoln that week, he was anxious to visit Mr. President.

"He's got the whole world in his hands..." (the old hold-your-hand-up trick)
The kids did pretty well that day considering all the walking we did & as you can see by the smiles on their face I think they enjoyed it....and hopefully learned a little too.


A day in the life of the Campbell's said...

awesome!! You all look like you're enjoying every minute. Wish we were there with ya!

Lacey said...

oh my gosh, i really enjoyed looking at these pictures. i am so jealous i really really want to go there! thats so important that they learn that stuff and really care about it, thats awesome...looks like a blast!

Becky said...

Wow! I'm jealous. You know I just found out I'm related to George Washington and it's made me so much more interested in the Revolution and our country's beginnings. What a great opportunity to see it all first hand with your kids! They'll never forget it.

Unknown said...

OK again, I want to be in your home school. Seriously this is so cool that you can give your kids these experiences. No wonder they are all so smart! Ok and holy cow you look so cute in these picts, I can't believe we are the same age, I have so much sun damage and wrinkles, you look like you are 19 lucky girl! Have fun and be safe, love ya~Ali

Stephanie said...

That looks like a fun vacation. Those kids seem to be absorbing it all. Miss you guys:(

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a pretty good tour of DC! Each time we've been it seems like it takes all day to see like two things! You did great with how much you saw! Way to go...maybe you can be our tour guides next time. :)

sarajane said...

You got some good pictures Audy!... and the kids are all happy in them too:) Thats cool that even daylan is enjoying learning all about that stuff too.