If you've ever met my child then you know that once she makes up her mind, there is no changing it. I'm not sure where she gets that.
Sunshine learned about Abraham Lincoln in 1st grade & has been obsessed with him ever since. We had been trying to figure out when we could get a trip to DC into one of our trips to see family. Since she and I were driving to Baltimore, we decided to stop outside DC, park the car and take the Metro into DC.
As we were heading into DC, she told me all she wanted to see was the Lincoln Memorial & science. Specifically the Air and Space Museum. We got off the Metro @ the Smithsonian stop and started the trek to the Lincoln Memorial. We're used to hot, humid weather since we live in Georgia, but UGH! Touristy stuff in this weather? Just no fun!
As we were walking, she'd protest that she just didn't want to see the Washington Monument. Guess what, Sunshine? Can't really avoid it. Well, not without closing your eyes and tripping on the National Mall. While the World War II Memorial held no charm for her, she did stop to take a pic at one of the trees as well as at the John Paul Jones statue.
When we got back up to the Smithsonian area, we were sweaty, irritable and ready for air conditioning. I convinced her that while the Air & Space Museum was really cool, that she'd love the Museum of Natural History.
If your idea of a good time in a museum is to take your time and see every exhibit, don't travel with my child.
|Savage Mill Antiques Mall Savage, MD|
And of course, no trip is complete without a trip to the American Girl store! The Tyson's Corner store is 2 stories and larger than the Atlanta store. Sunshine had been saving her money toward this year's Girl of The Year (Saige) and we had an agreement that when she hit a certain dollar amount, that I would match it and she could get Saige. While we were at the anniversary party, my Mom gave her $20 toward her doll. My cousin, Billy asked how close she was to meeting her goal. We told him she was $10 shy and next thing we knew, he handed her $10 and told her to enjoy her doll.
|Sunshine with her dolls Elizabeth & Saige in Saige's hot air balloon|
As much as we are happy to be home, we feel bad that we didn't spend nearly enough time with Hunter's parents but are hoping that a trip around the holidays will happen. Actually, we're conspiring with his aunt to get his family down to GA for Christmas. We'll see!