Thursday, July 7, 2011

Week with the parents continue...

We were way excited for the weekend, we had so much planned! Friday morning we woke up and went to the holocaust museum. Because Kurt had his federal badge we didn't have to wait in line for tickets, we just got to go straight through... Wahoo! There is actually a perk to this internship! haha. There is SO much to see at this museum. It took us about 3 hours to go through it.  Photography was not allowed inside the museum and we didn't think to get a picture outside of the building... So I don't have a picture to share sorry.
After the museum we walked over to the white house.
We think the president was coming out because some very rude guards kicked everyone off of the sidewalk close to the white house and all the way back to the sidewalk we were standing on.. Really?... I swear only in DC will you see that happen.  But this is how we got a very clear view of the white house without anyone on the sidewalk :)
So we really wanted to get an awesome view of Washington DC, and everyone knows that you can get tickets to go up to the top of the Washington monument. But instead of waiting in that huge line and crowd with people in a hot muggy elevator, we decided to go to the top of the old post office. 
So a little secret, the old post office is 100ft shorter than the Washington monument, But you  still get an amazing view and this place is air conditioned and you are not squished in a crowd of people. 
Kurt did not get the memo about the blue shirts, therefore he could not be in the picture. Just teasing. It was funny that we all wore blue shirts though.

The View:

The Lincoln memorial. (above)
The Congressional Bells at the top of the tower.

After seeing the amazing view we made our way over to Fords Theatre.
I remember my mom talking about her experience of seeing this place the first time she came to visit DC, so I was way excited to see it. Especially the house that he died in across the street.... BUT OF COURSE it was under construction, so we weren't able to go inside the house, but we got to go in the Theatre :)

Where Lincoln was sitting. They kept it how it was, because it was the presidential seating they have a picture of Washington in the middle. And below the stage that Booth jumped down on to escape. 
Something I dont understand... Why do restoration inside the building or any construction for that matter during tourist season?? Do it in the winter for goodness sakes! There are so many things under construction right now it is driving us crazy. 
We passed him on our way home.
To end our fun, busy, SUPER hot Friday we went back to the hotel for a night of swimming and pizza. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pentagon Memorial

Thursday night we took them to see the Pentagon Memorial. If you ever make it out to DC you have to go see it, it is one of the most amazing Memorials.
It definitely puts everything into perspective. Especially since we had only seen everything happen on TV. It is a very in-explainable feeling you get when you are there.   If you dont know much about the memorial, for every person who died, they have bench for them with their name on it. Underneath the bench is water and on the side it shows the family they had died with. They put a lot of thought into this memorial. With every bench they have a trail leading to the side showing the date of birth. The benches are organized by age the youngest being at the beginning which was about 2 years old all the way to the oldest ( I can't remember what the ages were.) The benches pointing towards the Pentagon are the ones who were in the pentagon and the ones pointing away from it are the ones who were in the plane.
Our hearts truly go out to all the families that were involved in this horrible tragedy ten years ago. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fun week with the parents.

Kurt and I weren't able to spend all day everyday with my parents because both of us had work. But when Kurt and I got off around 5:30 we would hang out with them all night. Luckily I only had to work 2 days that week :)
Tuesday night we showed them around the Union Station. Such a fun place tons of shops and little restaurants, and it is beautiful!
The next day we got up early and met my cute husband at his work so he could give us a tour of the Capitol building.
The hallway of the offices where Kurt is working this summer. (above)
Best tour guide we have ever had :)

Such a beautiful building.
We then ended the day by taking the parents to our favorite Thai restaurant. We definitely got spoiled while they were here!

I will continue the week with my parents and our amazing fourth of July weekend later :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Birthdays&& Family... What could be better?

Last week was a way fun week. Kurts birthday was on the 20th and that same day my parents came to visit :)
Kurt had to of course work on his birthday, so we didnt get to do anything fun during the day, but for his dinner we went out to Serendipity with my parents.

My cute parents! I have missed them so much :) And we were so excited that they came out to see us. 
We ended the delicious dinner with some amazingly huge sundaes. 

This is what I call a birthday romance. 
It was the perfect way to start such a fun week!
**I hope you had a fun birthday sugar, I love you!**
I know this one is a short post, we have been pretty busy (excuses excuses I know) But the week with my parents.....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Memorial weekend in DC... Amazing? Yes.

I have a ton of catching up to do. I am a couple weeks behind. But I wanted to go back a bit to memorial weekend.
On Sunday, we went to the capitol building for the National Memorial Day Concert. It was so amazing to be there. The stories were heart touching and the music was awesome.
We had to arrive 3 hours early to get a good spot. It was extremely hot, we should of followed the guys example behind us and put a jacket over our faces.
Yes yes, Chris Allen performed :) and all the girls drooled as all the husbands scowled. 

Chris Allen is the only performer I knew hah so thats the one I was most excited about. Our camera is horrible so you have to look real close and you can see him.
What a great way to remember our soldiers who gave and are risking their lives for our country.
On Memorial Day, we went to Arlington cemetery to hear the president speak.
And of course on our way we passed some cruel protesters. But we learned that people who support the war, stand in front of the protesters who don't support the war and hold great big signs. We thought that was way cool of them.
Standing outside the amphitheater listening to the presidents speech. (Picture below)
We got stopped when we were walking into the cemetery. They blocked off the road for 45 mins so the president could drive through. So we didnt make it into the amphitheater, but we did see the president drive through... So that was cool.
One of the best memorial day weekends we have ever had.