Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Washington DC Trip Day 6

The morning of Day 6 was quiet for the little ones and me. We stayed at the hotel while Steven took the older boys back to Arlington National Cemetery, and the big girls went with some friends to the new Museum of the Bible.

the city taken from the cemetery

the one pic the girls got at the bible museum...

That afternoon we'd scheduled a special tour with Steven's cousin to see the Capitol, where he works for the Department of Energy. This is where they meet (kids are sitting on the Republican side), and Mary Clare got to run an errand with Pat, meeting Bernie Sanders along the way!

We rode the little underground train through the tunnels to get to the Capitol building

Neat window to look up and see the dome!

The architecture was beautiful, almost like a church!

Yet another pic of Blair nursing!

It was kind of a "stealth" tour because we didn't really have the right passes, but it was neat to hear about it all from someone who truly loves what he does working for the government, and loves sharing about it!

A bit of a press frenzy walking past us here

Then he took us to dinner at the National Republican Club.
We were quite out of place and underdressed, but it was a great dinner and special memory!

My jeans and duck boots while baby removes his shoes and the boys run around the halls. 
Time to leave!

But what a treat it was!

Some more sights as we head back to the car 
The Capitol

Supreme Court

And another night back at the hotel playing with new friends!

Washington DC Trip Day 5

We woke up to SNOW on Day 5!

It was also the day to check out of our rental house and move on to the hotel where we'd be staying for the remainder of the trip. So I took some pics of the different rooms to remember it.

We checked into the hotel, and then we were off to Arlington National Cemetery with Steven's Aunt Winkie. We missed some turns, but had some beautiful scenery!

Standing by Uncle John's grave with Aunt Winkie

Then we went over to watch the Changing of the Guard.

The little museum room 

Steven took some of the big kids to the Lincoln Memorial while I stayed in the car with the babies. Then the big girls came out to the car while he and Steven Joseph braved the frigid temps to see all the war memorials.

Peter hanging out in the hotel lobby.
Our homeschool group (Mother of Divine Grace) took up most of the downstairs area with kids playing and parents visiting. Families from all over the world enroll with this program, so it was fun to meet a variety of families who are all a part of this big community.

The boys especially had fun playing games with the other MODG kids

Washington DC Trip Day 4

Our 4th day was spent as a little religious pilgrimage!

Elizabeth Ann Marie by the Statue of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

We ate lunch at the nearby Catholic University of America, in their food court!

Then we headed down the street to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine 

Of course this one was very special to us because we actually MET THIS SAINT!

Katie showing her necklace and jewelry box

And finally, our last stop was the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

Always nursing, on every stop on this vacation!
(Katie took this pic)

We got our own little private tour with a docent named Peter. Everyone was so kind, even though we arrived late, they helped us to see all the unique spots of this beautiful monastery. Peter was getting antsy, so I spent some time with the little ones in the gift store, which was amazing!

While the older kids and Steven got to go underneath to the catacomb areas

They also had a Lourdes grotto outdoors. This would be a lovely spot to visit in the springtime or summer.

Day 4 was a special day, and we topped it off 
walking to the burger joint just a block away from our rental house. 
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