Thursday, April 21, 2011

Washington D.C.

We took a trip to our nation’s capitol for Spring Break this year.  My husband and I spent three days there the first year we were married.  We were so excited to take our kids and spend more time exploring than we did 14 years ago.  We unknowingly planned our trip to Washington D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Although we didn’t take part in any of the festivities, we did enjoy the beautiful cherry trees in bloom.

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United States Capitol

 

At 12 and 10 years old my kids are the perfect age for a trip through history.  They loved every minute of it as much as we did.  We took some time to learn ahead of time about the places we were going to see.  I think that made everything even more exciting for them. 

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Washington Monument

 

My kids favorite was the Lincoln Memorial.  

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It is awesome how big this statue is.

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The Lincoln Memorial

 

We learned some funny things too.  My son was especially excited to see the Jefferson Memorial because he thought it was hilarious that it is nicknamed the Jefferson muffin.

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Jefferson Memorial

 

We toured the Supreme Court building and sat in the courtroom learning about how everything works and interesting facts.  Like that on the floor above the court room there is a basketball court in what used to be a storage area.  So I guess the supreme court isn’t the highest court in the land.  (yep, stole that joke from our tour guide) 

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The Supreme Court

 

We spent a day at Arlington Cemetery.  It was emotional for me.  You can’t visit and not feel sad and proud all at the same time for those who have fought to keep us free.

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Arlington Cemetery

 

We watched the changing of the guards.  It is done with such ceremony and respect.  Everyone is completely silent as they watch.  It was very moving.

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The changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

 

 

You recognize this right?  Did you realize that it is that big?  That was most surprising to me.

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Iwo Jima Memorial

 

We got to tour the White House.  You get to see a number of rooms and they were cool, but I was hoping for more.  Especially because they stuck me in a holding pen for almost an hour because one of the numbers in my birth date was wrong on their paper.  Yeah, it is serious stuff.  My kids like it but were disappointed they didn’t get to see the Obama’s dog.  haha    But overall it was cool that we got to be in the White House.

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The White House

 

We were excited to go see the temple and they have a beautiful Visitor Center there that we spent some time in. 

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Washington D.C. LDS Temple

 

We spent a lot of time at the different Smithsonian museums.  At the Natural History Museum was this creative display of yarn, knit or crocheted to look like coral.

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It was massive and very cool.  I laughed when a dad was taking pictures of his kids in front of it and after he took  the picture he walked closer and realized it wasn’t coral at all.  He was very disappointed that it wasn’t real coral.  haha

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Someone said it would be touring around the country so maybe you will get to see it at a place near you!

 

We also toured the Capitol building,  saw money made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, got really good at using the metro, visited the various war memorials, did some geocaching, swam at our hotel pool, and enjoyed being together as a family.  It was a wonderful trip.  If you have never been, I highly recommend it!  If you have been hopefully these pictures brought back some great memories for you.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wow!

I feel like I won the lottery!!  I got a package in the mail and I knew it was the doll quilt that my partner made for me.  It felt like Christmas morning.  I carefully opened it and I saw bright, solid  fabric and hand stitching in bright thread.  That’s when the squealing started.  Oh yeah, I am not ashamed to admit it. 

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You know you would have too.  Just look at this gorgeous quilt.  I can’t believe it’s mine. 

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Isn’t is awesome!  I am crazy for Kona solids so this quilt is SO me. 

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I love the label on the back.  Isn’t it so cute?  And I love the backing fabric.  So perfect for this quilt.  

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Thanks Bryanna!  I love it!!  And thanks for the fabric bundle too.  I will have fun cutting into it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sent and Received! Hooray!

I finished my doll quilt for the DQS10 swap!

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I used my Faux Piped Binding Tutorial for the binding on this little quilt.  It seemed to be the perfect quilt for it.

 

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I had fun stalking my partner and finding out what she likes.  I did find out that she wanted a certain ruler that could make it easier for her to make the New Wave quilt from OhFransson! and that thread where she lives is expensive so I made sure to help her out in those areas. 

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I sent it to New Zealand and I can’t believe how fast it got there!  I got a wonderful thank you note on Flickr from Viv and it made my day!  Nothing makes all that work more worth it than a very sweet and sincere thank you from its recipient.  Now I get to have the fun anticipation of waiting for a little quilt to arrive in the mail for me!

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