It's actually starting to feel a little like home here. Last night was the first night on this trip that we've all got good sleep. That goes a long way in making things better. =)
The kids and I explored the area a bit on foot today. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that despite it's skyscrapers and concrete jungle appearance, Bethesda actually has a lot of very pretty courtyards, shady trees, sparkling fountains and Gorgeous flowers! We found several open grassy areas where Keenan could run at will. What a nice surprise!
After we picked Philip up, we found a playground to let Keenan burn off some energy. It was in the middle of a Gorgeous, tree lined neighborhood with beautiful, character filled homes. I'm mostly in love with their lush, green, soft lawns! =)
The park was a huge hit, and Keenan got to ride a merry go round for the first time. Philip and I both said that we hadn't seen one of them in forever! I guess maybe they aren't "safe" enough to measure up to new standards. I used to Love them as a kid, and now, just watching it makes me a little sick. (Has anyone else had this sort of thing happen to them as they got older?)
An interesting observation I made at the park: Other than one other woman who was there with her son, I was the only woman at the park with my Own children. The other nine women there were ALL nannies! I guess that is quite common in this area... both spouses needing to work to support the lifestyle they've chosen. (Remember the Huge, gorgeous houses I mentioned?) It was still very bizarre though, especially since about four of them just stayed sitting at picnic tables the whole time, chatting, eating, talking on cell phones etc, while they're little "charges" ran around pulling on other kids clothes and pushing them around. =0/
These first pictures are from our morning walk...
One a fun bridge
Another cool fountain
At the park...
Moriah tried it out too =)
Pictures from our first trip into DC...
(I have to say, I Really miss my easy photo program at home, and think that these are a little "sub-optimal" without cropping)... =0/
Us and the Washington Monument
Pacific Side of the WW2 Memorial
Philip and the kids on the Atlantic side
Michigan born boys
Our little Florida girl =)
Me with my country at the Korean War Memorial
Keenan exiting the memorial
An attempt at a family picture in front of the Lincoln Memorial
Reflection shot of the Washington Monument
Philip and the kids with the monument
My boys checking out the view from the top of the memorial