Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Babies Came to Visit

My baby sister and brother came to visit! It was so great to have them here for a week. We did EVERYTHING and ate ALMOST everything. Are you ready for lots of pictures? You're getting them anyway.

I got a new lens that I played with all week so please forgive if some of the photos aren't exactly in focus. Manual focus - ugh.

Arlington was one of the first stops of the week. Our family has a strong military history so this was tops on both their lists and I never pass up the opportunity to go.

I was so impressed by this group of veterans, they sat patiently in the rain for quite a while waiting for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

A large group of military people from foreign nations were present for the changing. We saw officials from Sweden, Peru, Mongolia, and a few others that I don't remember. It was unexpected, for lack of a better word.

They loved the Marine Corps memorial just as much as I do. Taylor was almost done reading "Flags of Our Fathers" and I think we did a good job at convincing Maria she needs to read it.

Their hands get me every time.

Navy Memorial

At the Newseum in the Berlin Wall exhibit. She didn't know she was posing for me. Those eye lashes are real, y'all. They loved the Newseum, obviously. 

Mmm, at We the Pizza. So good. So, so, so good! May I recommend the cream soda? YUM.

Holocaust Museum. Always a tough one but worth it. These are the Identification Cards you get in the beginning of the tour. Each card tells a brief biography of someone who experienced the Holocaust. Visitors set up this makeshift shrine in the Hall of remembrance at the end of the tour.

My roommate gave us a phenomenal tour of the Capitol. I adore the Capitol building, it's so dynamic and chock full of history!

Oh heyyyy, Brigham Young. One of two statues from Utah. Each state gets two statues, who represents your state?

Taylor touching the original center of Washington, DC.

Cute babies.

Obligatory White House photo.

I introduced them to Dunkin Donuts and we ate there three days in a row. Is that gross? Eh, who cares>

Buddy's new glasses at Eastern Market. He looks much more mature!

My good friend, Julie, joined us for lots of activities. 

My friend's French bulldog had six puppies! He had a puppy party to say goodbye because he sold them all and they would be leaving a few days later.

It wasn't even fun.

They definitely didn't awaken any mothering instinct in any of us.

We totally hated it.

They weren't even cute.

None of us got attached to any of them.

Puppies are the worst.

Glad that's over!

At the Vietnam Memorial.

The man!

Cute Maria at the WWII Memorial

Their last meal in DC was a combo of We the Pizza (again) and Good Stuff Eatery (again).
Let's not discuss how many pounds were gained while they were here.

It was such a fabulous trip! I certainly hope they come back soon - there's always more to explore in DC!

1 comment:

Scott said...

Rachel, I found your blog a few months ago and find myself coming back whenever I need a pickup or an inward smile! Thanks for taking the time to blog! I know this may sound creepy (or maybe just too fatherly) but I want to figure out how to start a friendship between you and my son--who's an RM (Hungary), who loves cream soda, Batman, Arrested Development, Love Languages, and more. Although he lives in SLC, I'm sure becoming email pen pals would be sweet. Not sure where to go from here, but I don't want to regret not doing anything, so there it is. :) Thanks again for your blog!