Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Field Trippin'

Our nation's capitol is a wealth of history and beauty.  We visited the White House today.  We toured all the roped-off rooms and peaked inside as far as we could lean.  I love the Dining Room.  It has a lovely hooked rug in golds and reds.  The room will seat 140 guests.  The guards stationed in each room shared little tidbits with us.  The White House has about 200 events within the year.  There is a bowling alley in the basement that never gets used.  One of the guards who has worked there for the past 25 years shared a funny story.  My girlfriend had asked what was one of his most memorable events and he shared that for the girls birthday they flew in "those brothers?...what's their names?"  The Jonas Brothers my daughter quickly piped-up.  Yes, them.  He had to hang-out with them until it was time for the girls scavenger hunt.  He was rather funny in his account for the long hours prior to their "surprise."

Guess who is in the middle of this carved stone atop a building?  Moses, holding the Ten Commandments.  Our Christian history is embedded everywhere, I LOVE IT!

As we walked along the streets, one of the local homes had this planted right in their front yard.  Hallelujah!

We visited the Folger's Library where Shakespeare is THE attraction.  God does have a sense of humor.  

I love this land.  I pray for our troops.  I am blessed to be an American.

We spent a little time sketching this fountain by the art gallery.

Okay, I am bearing my soul and sharing my sketching journal.  This is part of our art curriculum.  I am enjoying it very much!

We went into one of the history museums and they had an entire floor dedicated to relics of the presidents.  One of the presidents sons had a little journal ( see it in the bottom left hand corner) and he wrote about the Christmas play they went to that evening and drew a picture of the manger.  So sweet.  I was tickled to see that of all the pages that could have been on display the Lord saw to it that He is sovereign; past, present, and future.

We haven't been to the Smithsonian in a while, the one with the big elephant in the foyer.  It is so majestic and  awesome to behold.  I love that place.  It makes me think of that movie, A Night at the Museum.

This was our favorite site of the day.  There is a new wing with all ocean creatures.  This aquarium was not that big but it had the most beautiful tropical fish I have ever seen.  The more we looked at it the more we saw.  Cute little fish with sunrise colors of pink and yellow, pink fish with green tails and thin black strips, coral that looked like flowers.  It was breath taking!

It was a beautiful day to be out and about!



Timeless and Treasured, Photography by Heather said...

LOVE your pictures! Looks like a great day - wish we could have joined you!

Michelle said...

What great pictures! Seeing The Ten commandments near the White House is a balm to my heart. The words on that statue truly were applicable, lol!

I look forward to visiting D.C. someday! Until then, I thank you for the virtual field trip!