Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our nation's capital...

For the last 6 months or so Ken has been traveling to Washington DC for his work with the US Mint. As soon as he started traveling more I knew that I wanted to go with him for one of his trips. This October we finally made that happen.

We called in some big favors from friends (Jamie and Brandie) and Ken's sister to watch our kiddos. A special thank you to them for making my trip possible! It was so wonderful to reconnect with Ken and spend time together without the kids.

I flew in on Tuesday and even the flight and my layover in Kansas City was a treat to just sit and read. (I totally loved reading our book club book for this month, The Help!) Ken met me at the airport and we took in a late dinner before heading to our hotel.

Ken still had to work during the day so I got to wander and visit with friends. On Wednesday I began to hurry and get ready, but then I realized that I was only in charge of me and not 4 other small people to get ready. I was almost giddy as I ran the hot water in the bathtub and settled in with my book. Mid-morning my former college roommate, Naomi, came and picked me up and we went to the Air and Space Smithsonian. So many cool things to see. The day was rather gray and started raining as we ate outside the Native American Museum so we decided to enjoy the beautiful drive down to Mt. Vernon. Most of all, it was fantastic talking and catching up with each other.

After Ken was finished with work we changed and made our way to the Washington DC LDS Temple. It is always so peaceful being in the House of the Lord. I loved taking pictures of this BEAUTIFUL building. (I wish I would have had my tripod!)

We stayed near Chinatown.

Washington DC temple

Thursday we woke up very early so we could meet our friend, Tylor, who works for the architect of the capitol. He was able to hook us up with a sweet tour that included going up in the dome and through the Capitol, a "cook's tour" of the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. I think that was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. Seeing those things up close and personal was SO COOL!

On the tour with us was a gal that Tylor was working with, named Katie. She was so fun and her mother Vicki had flown in from Oklahoma for a visit. They were so fun to talk with and after the tours Tylor and Katie had to go back to work so Vicki and I shared a delightful lunch and then made our way to the American History Smithsonian. I hadn't seen some of those exhibits in several years. We especially loved the First Lady gowns exhibit. It was also a moving experience to see the flag that Francis Scott Key was writing about in our national anthem. I couldn't help but tear up a bit.

With Tylor in front of the Capitol

Vicki and I said our goodbyes and I went to the Mint building to pick up Ken so we could go grab a snack, change our clothes, and head to the Kennedy Center to see Yo Yo Ma. Ken was really bummed when he saw the concert was sold out, so he called the box office to find out if anything was available. He found out the concert hall was adding about 30 seats right up on the stage. So our seats were about 20 feet from Yo Yo and his beautiful pianist, Kathryn Stott. We were close enough that I could follow along with her music. :) The music was beautiful and they we such gracious performers and treated the audience with 3 encores. An amazing concert experience!

Kennedy Center

On Friday I got to sleep in while Ken went to work. After he finished his morning meetings, we were able to go sightseeing. We took a bus tour which was a great way to get around the city to the sights. We also took the night tour to see the monuments/memorials at night -- beautiful! Then we went to Morton's for an amazing steak dinner.

Saturday we walked over to the White House and then made our way to the Lincoln Memorial. That evening we met Naomi and her husband Dirk at Ford's Theater to see Sabrina Fair. The play was wonderful and it was certainly memorable being in that historic place. We dragged out feet leaving the theater and were able to talk to several of the performers. Then we got dessert at Hard Rock Cafe before calling it a night. they play was fantastic and it was so fun being with Naomi and Dirk!

With Naomi and Dirk at Ford's Theater

Sunday we spent time in the National Art Museum before flying home. The entire trip was a amazing get-away. It was a treat to spend time with Ken and friends and see some great things! I am really grateful to dear friends and family that made it possible for me to go. For those that haven't been to our nation's capital, you should go, it is certainly worth the trip!


Erica said...

I loved reading about your trip. It was one and still one of my all time favorite vacations. I got to relive everything I did through your words. Fun time- glad you could go!

Rebecca said...

If you come back and go to Mt Vernon, stop by and say hi! We live 2 miles from GW's estate and it is pretty cool (but not free).

Angela said...

Wow! It sounds like your trip was amazing! You got some great pictures too! I would love to go someday!