Washington D.C. Visit
The truth is, I'm a political junky. Well back in my non-mom, non-diaper changing, non-24/7 meet-the-needs-of-everyone-around-you days, I was a super political junky. I've worked on multiple campaigns, Capitol Hill in two different states and my favorite job was working for a lobbyist whose causes I believed in. The way our nation was set up and founded is a passion that I crave learning more about. American history was hands down my favorite class. So when we were planning our 2015 get-away plans, I jumped at Scott's suggestion to go back to D.C. for a week. His sister lives in VA and we love any chance we get to visit her little family. Also, Scott was born in VA and still has other family there. Lots of reasons, easy decision, D.C. was booked and anticipated. Last time we were in D.C., Scarlett was a baby, maybe six months old. She slept most of the time while we leisurely visited all the sites pushing her in a heavy duty, comfy stroller. This time was very different. Welles wasn't satisfied being contained to a stroller, I was constantly eyeing Scarlett's wandering moves and it took over twice as long to go anywhere. Shocker, right? Yeah, I tend to be a little unrealistic with my vacation plans. Still, with all the chaos, we managed to fit in pretty much every thing we wanted to see. Scott at one point proudly said "we make a pretty efficient traveling team!" Right you are, my love. Right you are.
It was a pleasant surprise seeing Scarlett so captivated by the big monuments and in awe at the displays in the Smithsonian's. Her three-year-old little brain actually processed a lot more than I initially gave it credit for. She asked questions and listened to the answers. Although, when we visited Jamestown and saw the Pocahontas tribute she was convinced that Sleeping beauty also once lived there. So..... Don't be too impressed. ;)
Some of our favorite stops included multiple Smithsonian's, Arlington cemetery (always so touching), Udvar Hazy Air and Space museum (unreal seeing all the old WWII plans and a space shuttle that was really in space), most of the Monuments (Iwo Jima is my absolute favorite), Jamestown, Old Town, Georgetown (lots of towns) and family time with Scott's side.
One of my least favorite part's of the trip was finding two ticks (two different occasions) in Scarlett's hair, trying not to flip out and scare her (failed the first time) and watching Scott carefully pull them out while making sure their heads didn't stay in her scalp! Seriously the sickest thing. I've been checking her head multiple times a day, since. Apparently the green and lush parts of VA are filled with ticks and letting her play near the beautifully wooded areas made them pounce for some delicious scalp. Gag!
Other than that, great trip, great memories! Proof is in the pictures;)
[Disclaimer. Some of the pics were taken from my phone and aren't the best quality]