Visit to DC!

Brian’s sister, Missy, and her family live in the suburbs of DC. We thought it would be fun to go out and visit them and see some of the sights! Grandma Dora and Grandpa Fred came with! What a fun weekend!

We flew out on Friday morning, April 15. We landed early afternoon and after quite the run around at the car rental place, we headed over to the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum where we met up with Missy and her kids, Brandon and Ellie. We wandered around for a few hours checking out awesome airplanes, the space shuttle Discovery, and went up into the observation tower to check out the view. Many very cool sights in this museum!

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Discovery!

Discovery!

Retired Concorde

Retired Concorde

Cue Top Gun music!

Cue Top Gun music!

awesome!

awesome!

view of Dulles airport from the observation tower.

view of Dulles airport from the observation tower.

Cool sculpture outside

Cool sculpture outside

On Saturday, we went to the National Zoo! So many great animals to see!

Panda!

Panda!

Elephant! Loved the crossed feet

Elephant! Loved the crossed feet

silly sea lions

silly sea lions

the kids watching the sea lions swim. They were so fun!

the kids watching the sea lions swim. They were so fun!

bear

bear

beautiful lion

beautiful lion

Orangutan being given lunch. It was fun watching him sort what he wanted to eat!

Orangutan being given lunch. It was fun watching him sort what he wanted to eat!

On the walk back to the train station from the Zoo, Dora took a nasty fall on an incredibly uneven sidewalk. She ended up with a broken wrist and mild concussion. Here’s the culprit:

She slipped right off that huge uneven spot!

She slipped right off that huge uneven spot!

The unevenness was as tall as Brian's foot!

The unevenness was as tall as Brian’s foot!

Sunday we checked out a bunch of the monuments! We took advantage of the DC Circulator bus which goes between monuments and we were able to walk/ride as much as we wanted. So many cool monuments to see!

Visiting the Washington Monument

Visiting the Washington Monument

Allison saw some people doing this, so she wanted to give it a try!

Allison saw some people doing this, so she wanted to give it a try!

I couldn't resist!

I couldn’t resist!

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Inside Jefferson Memorial

Inside Jefferson Memorial

FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial

Joe, Brandon, Allison, and Adam checking out FDR Memorial

Joe, Brandon, Allison, and Adam checking out FDR Memorial

Lincoln Memorial from Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial from Washington Monument

In front of Lincoln Memorial

In front of Lincoln Memorial

There was a band playing on the steps of Lincoln Memorial

There was a band playing on the steps of Lincoln Memorial

Inside Lincoln Memorial

Inside Lincoln Memorial

View of Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Awesome!

View of Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Awesome!

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial

White House. We didn't see the Pres

White House. We didn’t see the Pres

DC War Memorial

DC War Memorial

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Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

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Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

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World War 2 Memorial

World War 2 Memorial

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

Garden outside Smithsonian Castle

Garden outside Smithsonian Castle

Sunday evening we got to see Brian’s uncle, Dan, and his family that live a couple hours from Missy. They drove down for a cookout and chatting. We also saw Fred’s brother and his wife.

We had such a nice weekend seeing so many wonderful people and sights! The kids were great travelers and had a blast!

Allison and Ellie at the Air & Space Museum

Allison and Ellie at the Air & Space Museum

Allison & Brandon at the monuments

Allison & Brandon at the monuments

Kids' pizza party on the deck

Kids’ pizza party on the deck

Allison, Brandon, & Adam at the World War 2 Memorial

Allison, Brandon, & Adam at the World War 2 Memorial

Out for Mexican food our first night in town!

Out for Mexican food our first night in town!

Cousins Ellie, Allison, Adam, & Brandon

Cousins Ellie, Allison, Adam, & Brandon

Brian with his sister, Missy, and his mom with her broken wing. :(

Brian with his sister, Missy, and his mom with her broken wing. :(

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