Dan's sister, Cathy, lives in Alexandria which is mere minutes from D.C. so we stayed with her again. And Dan's brother, Bob, also lives in Alexandria so we got to see him as well. Both my kids were very happy!
We brought Peter's friend Joe along this year. What a great kid! Peter and Joe had a great time together and Joe is just the nicest guy! On the drive home, Dan and I decided we should just keep Joe, but ultimately, we gave him back to his parents.
We left our house around 4:30 on Thursday evening and arrived in Virginia at 10:30. We were up at at 'em early on Friday morning. Cathy made breakfast and then we headed over to the Wasington Monument. We had 10:00 AM reservations to go up to the top. (I highly recommend reservations. It only cost $1.50 per person for the reservation which beat just walking up, waiting in line, and hoping for a spot. Totally worth the $9! And it was especially nice since it was cold on Friday. We literally walked right in to the monument.)
And the views were spectacular.
After the trip to the top of the Washington Monument we visited the American History Museum. We then grabbed some lunch and then headed to the International Spy Museum. The boys really enjoyed this museum. And actually, so did the grownups. There were a lot of hands on activities as well as lots and lots of exhibits. The people at the ticket counter said it would take about 2 hours to go through but if you looked at everything in this museum, you could easily spend 4 hours in there. The kids were bored after about an hour and a half which I thought was pretty good. So then we headed outside for the Spy in the City. You have to pay extra for this but it was worth it.
The museum issued us a tablet and it was programmed with a spy mission. We were walking through the city tracking a spy, decoding clues, and transmitting data. This mission was aimed for kids 10 - 12 and I think it was just perfect for us. The kids had lots of fun doing it even though they knew it wasn't real.
|Heading into some duct work to do some spying1|
After the Spy Musuem, we headed to Ford's Theatre. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let us see into the theater because they were preparing for a play. But we got to go through the museum and we also went into the house across the street and got to see the room Abraham Lincoln died in.
After that we headed back to Cathy's house for a delicious steak dinner and homemade chocolate birthday cake!
On Saturday morning, we headed out to see a few monuments. We hit the USMC Monument, the WWII Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
And then, we headed to the open air ice skating rink at the Sculpture Garden. This was at Sarah's request. We were tired, but she had been such a trooper on this trip that we couldn't say no. And, Joe was excited to try ice skating because he had never done it before. They all had a great time!
After ice skating, we went to Mass at St. Patrick's which was built in 1792! After Mass, we went to dinner at Ted's Bulletin and of course, got the best milkshakes known to man. (They use all cream in their shakes - not milk!)
And believe it or not, that was all we did! :)