Back in March, for Spring Break, the family headed to Washington, D.C. In some ways it felt like our first “real” family trip, which seems silly considering how many places these kids have been. But because this was a destination driven entirely by curiosity and culture, rather than visiting family and friends, it felt different. We 100% embraced it as a grand adventure. Our original plan was to take a train up but when that ended up being twice as much as flying (holy Amtrak!) we changed course. We ended up with five nights in city and we made the absolute most of it. Many of the memories were immediately archived and shared via Instagram but I made a point to pull out the big guns every now and then too.
Proof that these kids are my direct offspring: the LOVE a hotel…
The morning after we arrived we headed out bright and early for a tour of the Capitol building given by none other than Mo Brooks, our congressman. All politics aside, I give the man props for escorting those Cobblets (and a host of other constituents around).
And I’m here to tell you: he left no historical stone unturned. We saw every inch of the Capitol building that was accessible to the public…and probably even some inches that weren’t. The kids are quick to point out that it was a three hour tour with no snacks or bathroom breaks. And that’s true. But it also a once a in a lifetime opportunity. Very cool.
Here they are in the Capitol hall that houses monuments from the states. Each state get two and Alabama has Rosa Parks and Helen Keller. Nice going ladies. Way to represent.
We packed enough history into that first day to fill us for the week, but we still had more to see. All the high notes were musts for the kids, of course. The Washington Monument…
The Jefferson memorial, where we later took a family selfie standing in the same spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. (chills)
Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was absolutely worth the hike and lived up to the hype.
(Needless to say, it was cold. And E borrowed layers.)
And the highlight of Sarah’s week: a trip into Georgetown to cruise through Georgetown Cupcakes…the inspiration for the cable show D.C. Cupcakes. History, shmistory. This girl needed a cupcake fix…