Sunday, April 1, 2012

10 day Tourists

There is SO much to do in the DC area. Even though Nick and I have been here a while, we haven't really been able to see everything we wanted to see. We had Nick's sisters visiting us last week for 10 days, and the trip was nonstop to say the least. I am so thankful they came, not only because I haven't spent time with them in 6 months, but also because I was able to do so many things around DC that Nick and I would have never had time to do. We were tourists for 10 days, so this post is going to be long, but not boring ;)

March 20: I picked Morgan up at the airport in the afternoon and we went together to get Nick from base. We all went out to dinner and spent time planning out what we wanted to do for the next couple of days. We took her to Firehouse Subs, one of the places I will really miss when we leave. 

March 21: Morgan and I took the Metro to the National Zoo in DC. It's a free zoo, so our expectations weren't high but we were impressed. It was one of the best Zoos I have ever been to. The weather was perfect and we walked all day, enjoying all the silly things the animals do. We may or may not have seen a baby monkey pee into his hands and drink it. We got home and made baked potato soup together and had a good night hanging out with Nick.

March 22: Hot and humid= try to stay inside. Morgan and I went to two museums in DC: The Crime and Punishment Museum and the Holocaust Museum. The Crime and Punishment Museum was very interactive and fun, and the Holocaust Museum was moving, emotional and educational. It was hard reading about the Holocaust and the pictures were disturbing, but after going through the museum I learned so much and think it's very important to be educated on what happened during that time. 

March 23: Morgan, Stephanie and I spent the morning in Old Town Alexandria. We walked down to the Potomac River and window shopped on our way. It was such a nice day so we found a cute place to eat lunch outside. Then we drove to Mount Vernon to see General George Washington's Estate. This is one of the "touristy" things I really wanted to see while we are living so close to DC. 
"Guests to Mount Vernon can visit the Mansion, a dozen original structuresWashington’s Tomb, and nearly 50 acres of his extensive plantation, which include beautiful gardens and restored landscapes.  The estate also includes a working blacksmith shop, where the Blacksmiths make everything needed on the property and estate, from nails to decorations."

King Street

The Tomb

The Mansion
The Blacksmith
The Slavequarters

It was amazing to spend the day on George Washington's property, visit his tomb and see how he left his mansion when he died in 1799. After Mount Vernon, we picked up Nick at home, went out to eat and saw The Hunger Games together. This day was also Nick and my 6 months of being married! Crazy how time flies....

March 24: The only time I get to spend with Nick is on weekends, so we were excited for him to join us on our adventures for a little while. We all woke up and went to the Marine Corps Museum. Nick and I have been a few times before, but I always learn something every time we go. After the Museum, we took the Metro into DC and walked the loop around all the monuments.We braved the windy, rainy weather and spend the entire day outside in DC. We saw the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, the Korean War Veteran's Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the White House. I'm sure we saw more on our walk, but those are the big ones that I can remember. We even wandered through the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which was very beautiful. When we got home, I made dinner and we all spent time catching up and enjoying being together.

My hand on a piece of the World Trade Tower
Washington Monument
Cherry Blossom Festival

White House

March 25: Morgan, Stephanie and I got on our 830am bus to New York City. I feel like this part of our trip could be a post in itself, so I will try to make this short and sweet. When we arrived in the City, we walked around the Garment District, obviously had to get a street hot dog, walked around Times Square and Broadway, went to m&m world and the Disney store, and ran into the famous Naked Cowboy.  After checking into the hotel, we decided we wanted to try and get tickets to a Broadway show and voted on Mamma Mia. The day of tickets were $79, regularly almost $200, so we thought that was a great deal. The ticket booth guy offered us $50 seats with a $20 off student discount on top of that. Yes, we each paid $30 to see Mamma Mia on Broadway.... not a big deal ;). It was everything I expected and more (if you know me well, you know that Mamma Mia is my favorite movie and I have ALWAYS wanted to see the show). We went to dinner before the show, and went out after. This was my favorite day of their visit by far! 

m&m world
Our hotel

mamma mia stage

at mamma mia
the naked cowboy

March 26: I loved waking up in New York. I love the City. We got ready and had New York bagels, pastries and coffee for breakfast. The bagels are to DIE for and I've been craving one ever since. We booked our "freedom tour" from 11-3 and we were shown around the city through a shuttle, bus and boat. We visited Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, and saw parts of the city we wouldn't be able to see in the short amount of time we spent there. Ground Zero was moving. I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that I was standing where something so horrible happened.

our water taxi

Names of the lost at ground zero
the survivor tree- cool story, look it up :)
This is where one of the towers stood. It's now a waterfall representing the never ending tears for the lost lives that day. Can you see the rainbow? 

The Brooklyn Bridge

Lady Liberty
Central Park

UW Basketball coaches
March 27: Stephanie and I took Morgan to the airport early morning and came home and went back to sleep. We got home late from New York and all three of us were exhausted from our adventures. Stephanie and I relaxed all day, went and got pedicures and made enchiladas for dinner. This day was much needed :)

March 28: I've always wanted to visit the Newseum in DC, so we researched it online and decided it would be fun to go. We saw the Unabomber's cabin from Montana, pieces of the Berlin Wall, pieces of the airplanes from 9/11, the shoe bomber's shoes and matches, and a lot of interesting newspaper articles and front pages. They had an entire floor dedicated to 9/11 with a wall of front page newspapers from that day, an antenna from the top of one of the towers and a really emotional video from the TV and news reporter's point of view. We were done at the Newseum around 5, and instead of sitting in traffic for hours we decided to meet Justin for drinks. I am glad I got to catch up with him!

Berlin Wall
touching the Berlin Wall

Unabomber's cabin.... creepy!

Shoe Bomber

Pieces of the airplanes from 9/11

antenna on the world trade towers
My favorite quote from the newseum

March 29: Stephanie and I slept in and went to old town Fredericksburg. It was a beautiful day so we walked around, talked and shopped all day.We stuffed ourselves at a really cute Italian place and spent the rest of the night at home.

If you read the entire post, sorry for the longest post ever, but we did so many fun things I wanted to share it with everybody. I am so lucky to have such an amazing family and am so thankful Morgan and Stephanie had the opportunity to come visit us. I truly enjoyed our time together and it was sad saying goodbye. I am so lucky to have such wonderful sister-in-laws that are quickly becoming a couple of my closest friends too.


  1. ok! where to begin...
    i wish i lived near you!
    i love the blossoms on those trees.
    you are adorable. live a good life way over there!

    1. aw, thanks nat! We do live a fun life way over here, I feel so blessed that I can enjoy different parts of the country.