Sunday, July 18, 2010

D See


We made it! We're living in a hotel, but by all accounts, we are home.

Jolie snapped this picture of us on our first trip to the National Mall.



It was my first-ever visit. No matter how many times you’ve seen the Capitol or Washington Monument in pictures, nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse in person. As soon as we stepped off the Metro and caught sight of the view, I had to stop and catch my breath (granted, I was being suffocated by the stifling humidity, but either way), I cried, and felt overwhelmingly proud and grateful to be an American.

We have learned so much this week. We visited the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and learned that it ain’t all that big. We also learned that a Saturday afternoon in mid-July is not the best time to visit a Smithsonian. The poor kids think its central exhibit is one called “Horde of Sweaty Tourists.” We’re looking forward to enjoying the off season.

The rest of our week has been spent house hunting, and familiarizing ourselves with the area. I still don’t know why Virginia is for Lovers, but I am loving northern Virginia. I can’t get enough of the history, the architecture and the giant trees. The concept of deer prancing through suburban neighborhoods however, is going to take some getting used to (we’ve seen two), as is the sight of children playing lacrosse (we’ve seen several).

Fortunately, we have a month before work and school begin to explore and get our bearings. If you’ve been to DC and have a favorite site to visit or place to eat, please recommend!

19 comments:

Jodi said...

Great! Looks like it's time for us to actually make a trip down there...

Jeannie said...

So great that you can spend time together as a family exploring your new 'hood. Very wise of you to plan time for that before Jack starts his new gig. It really IS a remarkable experience to see our nation's capital. Glad yours was poignant and moving and not just humid and sweaty.

Julie Knowlton said...

I am so excited for you guys! And jealous. I LOVE DC. In fact, I think I have a shirt that says that.

Best of luck!

Jane said...

Hearing of your adventures and surroundings makes me want to hop on a plane and join you. I am on the hunt for a job for A Bas in DC.

Mary Karlee said...

You made it! I got your thank you note in the mail this week and felt like I needed to send a thank you note for such a nice thank you note. (Ryan said it was the best thank you note he's ever seen since it doubles as a frisbee). After I read the card to Marielle she asked if we could video chat with Leah so they could still play. Too cute huh? What can I say, we are all still in mourning that the Erbs really are gone, but reading posts like this one makes it feel like you really aren't that far after all.
Our family did visit DC a few years back and besides the regular stuff that you already know about I would recommend the Postal Museum because it was great for kids and we also loved seeing Riverdance at Wolf Trap outdoor Theater. You can see our blog post about it http://marielleshow.blogspot.com/2007/06/mullens-go-to-dc.html
There. A novel for your comment board. :)

Flem said...

I feel emotional reading about it from you. I feel like I wasted my first trip on my 5th grade self but when I saw it again in 7th and then 11th grade it was pretty spectacular too so hopefully I can still capture the magic.

I do remember this place, that I went all three time called Pines of Rome where I believe you are supposed to order the white pizza. It might be a tourist trap but I had my first cannoli there and I remember it fondly (though oddly as an adult I do not like this dessert.)

Try it out and let me know. Also, of course I am dying to return to the pentagon to catch all the sneaky secrets and I know you are too.

Wish I were there.

Lexy and Jared said...

Welcome to the East Coast! I'm feeling closer to you physically and emotionally.

Katie and Jeff said...

The start of a new adventure! I am so excited for you! I can't wait to come visit!

Marci Coombs said...

Oh how this post makes me yearn for 'home'!!! Def do all of your sightseeing once school gets back in session and the tourists are gone. You MUST visit the Air and Space museum. And the National Art gallery. And the FBI building. I'm dying to know where you're going to be getting a house! HOW stinkin FUN!!! P.S. Tyson's Corner and the Pentagon City Mall are my top 2 fave malls. Fair Oaks is a close third.

Drew and Alicia said...

Katie, you might now remember me but I am Courtney Forester's little brother and am married to Amanda Barron's little sister. We recently just had our first baby girl on July 17 and wanted to get some bows for this cute little girl and we thought rather than buying from a boutique in claremont we would see if it was something you were still doing and if we could order some from you. If you could let me know either way that would be awesome. You can reply on our blog: DrewandAliciaforester.blogspot.com or email me at Drewforester311@gmail.com. Thanks and hope the move wasn't too hard we absolutely love DC.

Lorie said...

What a cute family picture!

Good luck with the house hunting! Dear in your yard is pretty neat! And trees are even better! ;D

Snakes, not so much! Maybe we should have moved to DC instead of Texas!

Emily Bartlett said...

I did a meeting (I'm a meeting planner) at the JW Marriott downtown there and unfortunately that was my extent of DC...the inside of the hotel. Sad, I know.

But if you're loving all that history then you HAVE to visit Colonial Williamsburg when things settle down. You will love it.

Kristin said...

Can't wait to see pictures of your cute house by all the mansions. :) And I love that I get to explore DC with you guys via blog. Hopefully, we'll get out there soon so I can see it for myself. Love and miss you all!

Marissa said...

I think you'd love the Newseum. The Holocaust Museum is also very well done (but maybe not for the kids just yet).

Glad you're getting to explore the city!

senategirl said...

You MUST see the monuments in the eveining all lit up. It is truly amazing and gets me everytime. Also, be sure to visit Mt. Vernon in the Fall after the tourists are gone and the Fall leaves have appeared. Then, go visit the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Smithsonian (in Fairfax). It's awesome!

Jenny ESP said...

Love D See. I have too many favorite things about DC to list them here. You can search through my old blog posts from June '09 if you're desperate for recommendations, but I suspect you've heard enough to keep you busy by now. Have fun!

Leslie said...

Your summer vacation is giving my summer vacation an inferiority complex. Have fun getting settled and taking in the sights.

P.S. I happened to have noticed on the Cafe Rio website (whilst placing my takeout order) that they are opening a D.C. location soon. I immediately thought of you.

Josalyn said...

Love these pictures! Your family is just too cute!!

Johnston Family said...

Hey, it's Laura, I did your make-up when you were in town visiting Jane. I found your blog through Jane's, & I thought that I would check it out. It is so cute. Your kids are adorable! Good Luck with your new adventures! :)

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