With Benjamin's arrival came a lot of visitors (well my mom and sisters were here before he got here). With Benjamin being such a good baby/eater and me feeling great physically, we headed out sight seeing while everyone was here. There really is so much to see in the area. It was hard to choose.
(These pictures are in no paticular order)
Mount Vernon, VA
|Rachel and Elijah standing amid statues of George, Martha and their grandchildren. Martha Washington was very short, under 5 feet tall.|
We went to Gettysburg twice, once with my family and once with Josh's. The trip with my parents was really fast, we mostly drove around and saw the town and the battlegrounds. With the Strongs we went through the museum and drove around the grounds. The museum is worth paying for. You really get a good idea of what happened. The battlegrounds are very beautiful, especially during the Fall season. It is amazing the sacrafice that took place there to preserve freedom. It is a moving place to visit.
|The gang sitting with Abe Lincoln outside the Gettysburg visitors center|
|Strong boys with Abe|
|Climbing Little Round Top|
|Dobbin House in Gettysburg. Was actually a stop on the underground railroad. They let us go in and see the nook where they stashed slaves.|
|Birthday cake icecream at Friendlys on the way home from Gettysburg. That stuff was SO blue.|
The MALL/Smithsonians, Washington DC
We breezed through the National Gallery of Art. Not exactly a place for preschoolers but the boys were good. We made a point of seeing pieces by Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and Vermeer among others. Absolutely breathtaking!
We also went in the National Air and Space Museum. Overall not my favorite of the Smithsonian museums. It was stuffy and stunk like rotting metal. There were some cool things to see though. I particularly like seeing the Spirit of St. Louis (because my grandma told me about when she went to see the plane fly into Saint Louis after its notorious flight) and the Wright Brother's plane.