First up, a walk down memory lane in Arlington. I used to work right by the Courthouse Metro stop, so we drove by and took a picture of my building (I'll spare you those pictures). Then we swung by the Iwo Jima memorial because in all our years here we've never taken a picture in front of it. The guy who offered to take our picture ended up being from Texas (a UNT grad, Claudia!) and a Pearl Jam fan- turns out we were at the same show in Dallas in 2003. Small world. BTW, Sadie was asleep in the car 20 feet away when we took this picture, hence why it's just the three of us.
Inside the Conservatory
After the gardens, we walked over to the Library of Congress. We took a picture in front of the Capitol building on the way but used a disposable camera we're trying to finish, so those pictures will have to wait. Anyway, the LOC is so cool. You can't go inside the reading room without a membership card, but there were a few other rooms we were allowed into, and of course the Great Hall is gorgeous.
After the LOC, we walked over to the Museum of the American Indian to have lunch in their awesome cafeteria (and we parked right by it). Ethan enjoyed the break and Sadie was happy to get out of her car seat for a while and have a snack. When everyone was done eating, we packed into the car and drove to the National Arboretum. You have to go through a scary part of town to get to it (it's over kind of by Gallaudet, off of New York Ave) but it was fine once we got there. We didn't spend a ton of time there, but we stopped at the Capital Columns and took a picture (again, with the disposable camera). When we were done there, it was off to Maryland to visit Fort Washington.
Unfortunately for us, we got a flat tire on the way there. We pulled onto a side street just a few miles away from the fort and the tire was toast (upon closer inspection we found a giant screw wedged in the tread). There was a ton of junk piled on top of the spare in the trunk, so we unloaded everything onto the street, then had a bit of a hard time releasing the jack. Also by this time Paul and I both had horrible blisters covering our feet, so I was trudging around through the mud barefoot. Nice. Paul is a pro at changing tires so he was fine doing everything by himself. Thank goodness, because about halfway through the pit stop, Ethan announced from the car "I'm going pee pee!" Crap!!! We were in this cute little residential neighborhood, across from some guy's house (who had come out to ask if we needed help with the tire), no bathroom in sight. So I took him behind a tree and let it loose. At least it's easier with a boy. After that we piled back in the car and went to the fort. It was really cool! Ethan had a blast running around the grounds, pretending to shoot the cannons at pirates passing by on the Potomac.
We found these random hats in the guard room at the fort. Good times. Also notice I'm wearing Paul's shoes.I have now ditched the shoes altogether, in favor of a hippie look.
We were pretty exhausted after the fort. It was really hot and humid today, so all that walking made us thirsty and grumpy. So we drove up to visit our old haunts in Alexandria. That was CRAZY. It was just such a trip seeing our old apartment complex, my old Metro stop, etc. We had dinner at our favorite Thai place in Old Town, then let Ethan play in the fountain in front of City Hall.
It was a great day, but now we're all sweaty and wiped out. Both the kids passed out almost as soon as we got home. I think it's my turn now...