Around the beginning of October, Peter told me what he wanted to do for his 8th birthday party. He wanted to take his best friend to Washington, D.C. to visit the Smithsonian.
My sister-in-law Cathy, lives in Alexandria, VA which is a suburb of D.C. so I knew we would have a place to stay. I got the o.k. from my husband, from Cathy, and from Colton's mom and we had a party scheduled!
We left as soon as my husband got home from work on Thursday night. We arrived at Cathy's around midnight. We were up at at 'em early on Friday morning.
We visited the Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History. The kids rode the Metro with Cathy. We went to Peter's favorite Mexican restaurant, La Lomita, for dinner. We took a Ghost Tour through Alexandria and then we called it a day!
On Saturday, we went to the Farmer's Market in Alexandria, Arlington National Cemetary where we saw the changing of the guard ceremony and the changing to the wreath ceremony. We visited the Iwo Jima Memorial and we went to the Air and Space Museum. Then we headed back to Aunt Cathy's for dinner and cake and presents.
And finally on Sunday we went to church and headed back home. Whew! We packed a lot in but it was a great weekend. The weather was wonderful. We got to visit three Smithsonian Museums (4 if you count our visit into the original building where John Smithson's remains are kept in a crypt) and we got to see a lot of other great sites.
Colton said it was the best birthday party he had ever been to. I would have to agree!