Washington DC was amazing. It was so much fun to see everything I've seen in books. The monuments were gorgeous. The Lincoln Monument was huge! One of my favorite parts was walking along the Reflection Pool towards the Lincoln Monument with my family. We then ate ice cream on the grass at the bottom of the monument while we watched the ducks. A memory we won't forget.
We toured the US Capital. It was amazing! I didn't realize that we were going to see such famous artwork. It was amazing in person! The colors and size were extroidinary. There are two statues from every state that represent people that were important to their state. I was surprised to see my several times over great uncle sitting there! Who knew? The statue is of one of the founding leaders for Utah, Brigham Young.
One of our favorite places to visit was Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. It was absolutely gorgeous. Old George certainly like the color green. Almost every room was painted some funky color of green. They say it was popular and expensive back then. We saw the bed that President Washington slept in and died in. I always thought the Mt. Vernon Mansion was brick. But it's actually wood that is beveled, painted, and then sand is thrown into the wet paint to give it texture. Faux brick! One thing I was really impressed with is all the preperation and planning that George put into Mt. Vernon. From everything to where his guest's servants stayed to the kitchen, to the outhouses. And the view of the Potomac River is breathtaking!
And here is the reason we went to DC in the first place. Madison and her team did terrific on their project! And how cool is this? Here they are being interviewed by a news station. They did such a great job!
My children were so wonderful on this trip! On some nights they only got 4 or 5 hours to sleep. But they were real troopers and kept up with everyone. Cameron and Ethan were so well behaved that we got compliments frome everyone. After the capital tour a lady from our group was telling us that we had such well behaved boys. She then told us that we made the right decision in not taking the boys on the tour in the capital because there were too many things they couldn't touch, and they would have been bored. The funny thing is that they did go on the tour with us! Cameron and Ethan were so good, she didn't even know they were there!
So there's our trip in a short blog entry. I'm so thankful that we had the chance to go. I'm so proud of Madison for winning her science competition so that we had the motivation to go. She kept saying, "You're here because of me!" Love you Maddie!