On Sunday, we went to DC for more water-y adventures.
The kids have been asking to go to the National Aquarium, and they were quite excited to see all the exotic marine animals. This is a much smaller aquarium than the one in Baltimore, but we had a good time.
Finding Nemo (and Dory)
The kids enjoyed the gators most of all. They were young and feisty, and they kept playing games with each other. I helped by narrating in my best gator voice.
This one was a sneaky little gator. He kept antagonizing the others, then he would run off. Doesn't he just look mischievous?
Did you know? The gender of a gator is determined by the nest temperature.
We saw the White House.
And the Capitol (even though this picture has the Capitol hidden by Michael's head)
We walked 11 blocks and back for the sole purpose of eating at a Fuddruckers. The boys were quite happy, as I think that might have been a highlight for them.
On the way back, which we took it nice and easy, the kids stopped to try to catch pigeons. We chatted with this nice couple on the steps of the church. He said that he feeds these pigeons every day. He's been trying to get this girl to marry him, but she keeps telling him "'no." He asked if we could talk some sense in to her. :-)
The kids had lots of questions about the homeless population. We talked about how we can be compassionate and kind like Jesus, and we tried to do what we could. Kate was so happy when we helped that she asked if she could bring her Bank Book (where she keeps her money) with her next time.
We were going to stop at the library and relax for a little while, but it closed just before we got there.
The kids enjoyed this fountain. They didn't seem to notice the dried vomit on the sidewalk. Gotta love DC.
We did not take the Metro in, but the kids wanted to ride the escalators.
We did not take the Metro in to the city because Metro fares have gone up considerably. It's much cheaper to park in a parking garage than it is to ride in, so that's what we have done the last few times we have been in to DC. We found a really nice parking garage under the Reagan Building @ 1300 Pennsylvania Ave that I think we will try to use when we can.
Something about street sculptures just beg a picture
The scaffolding for the Washington Monument is all the way up now. It was about half-way up when we last visited over spring break. This is ongoing repair from the 5.8 earthquake in 2011.
Sunset over the Potomac
We headed to Alexandria as the sun was setting.
This is the Spite House in Alexandria. It was built "just for spite" by the homeowner next door because he was tired of people driving their horses and wagons right next to his house. It's 7ft wide, 25 ft deep, and 325sq feet.
Of course, we had to get a picture of Landini Brothers, where Jon took me to dinner before he proposed.
Founders Park in Olde Town Alexandria is right by the water on the VA side of the Potomac, and it's where Jon proposed. Awe.
We played some sand volleyball with some kids in the park until it got too dark and the kids were tuckered. I think it's safe to say that we enjoyed our weekend to it's fullest!