This trip, these girls….why I do what I do!

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably could not have missed that the family was in Washington DC last week. I was posting Go Pro videos left and right!!!! I might have gotten a little carried away but I was having a blast.

I don’t want to get too sentimental here but every time I get the opportunity to do something like I did last week in DC, I get emotional about the opportunity I have been given and that I have worked very hard for. I don’t do the traditional thing….I stay home with my kids and I run a business from home…one that a lot of people don’t understand.

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It wasn’t always this way as many of you know though. I used to have an engineering job. In fact, I lived in DC for 3 or 4 months in 2009 on assignment for that job. I also was in DC for two weeks in 2010 for the very same reason that we were there this time…only my wife was the one attending the same type of conference I attended in 2010 for my job. Every major project for the Department of Defense in our line of work goes out there to DC to go through a project team development seminar.

This time was very surreal for me because while my wife went to those meetings every day, I frolicked in our Nation’s capital with the kids. We had an amazing week making Mommy jealous and we documented the whole thing on video. Ok…not the WHOLE thing…but much of it. I just wanted to sort of compile all that into some text along with all the videos in one place here on the blog for memories. I hope those of you reading will enjoy.

My wife actually flew out to DC on Tuesday, June 16th. The kids and I waited until Friday because their last day of school was Wednesday and I teach a PiYo class on Thursdays and figured it would be easier not to have to get a sub 2 weeks in a row. So, we flew out on Friday and got to the hotel in Alexandria, VA right about the time my wife got back from her seminar for the day.

The hotel was a nice Embassy Suites right off the King St metro stop in Alexandria. I love Embassy Suites! Free beer and snacks every night, great breakfast, separate bedroom so you can close the door and let the kids sleep….awesome. The kids were disappointed to hear that “suites” was not spelled “sweets” though. LOL.

Saturday

We had the whole weekend (almost) to spend with Mommy! She had one little 2 hour activity with the seminar group on Saturday and then we took the afternoon to go to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I love that all the museums are free in DC…even the Zoo (see tomorrow…and Thursday).

I didn’t have the bright idea to use the Go Pro until Sunday so we ended up at the Natural History museum with no Go Pro AND a dead phone battery…so I have almost no pics. Just a couple of Hope Diamond that are not very good. But…we had a great time and went to the butterfly exhibit together. We even ended up going back to the butterflies with the Go Pro later the next week so you can see that video below.

Sunday

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Sunday was Father’s Day and the kids wanted to go to the Zoo. I have to be honest….the Zoo is NOT my favorite thing to do. Staring at animals at the Zoo is not a big deal to me in most cases. Sometimes you see something really cool but it just doesn’t do it for me most of the time. What a way to spend Father’s Day, huh?

On the contrary..while the Zoo doesn’t do much for me, seeing my kids light up and have fun DOES do it for me….and this time I brought the Go Pro. So, I got to play with my toy camera and capture the moments and they got to be the stars of the film.

Here is the video I made of our day at the Zoo on Sunday (oh, and we sang this song together the rest of the week….pretty catchy):

Monday

Awww….Mom back to work today. So, now it is just me and the kids and we just about ruined the rest of our week by going full throttle the first day! I had plans.

First stop:The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall
Here is the video:

After the museum, we walked all the way down to the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials where they have paddle boats for rent! It was a LONG walk. We were taking the metro everywhere (which the kids loved…escalators and trains…a kid’s playground)…but there really isn’t a close metro stop to the Tidal Basin so we had to “hoof it” and it was HOT outside.

The girls did great until we got all the way to the boats and someone had to go to the bathroom! Gah! So, I ask where the bathroom is and they point to the Holocaust museum….which is a long way to backtrack in the heat. So, we trek back up to the Holocaust museum just to use the bathroom and then back down to the boats where we had the best time of the whole trip!

This is definitely my favorite video. The song describes exactly what I was feeling like all week!!!!

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we were all a little tired from the adventures over the three previous days (I was also getting up and working out at 5am before Paula went to the meetings)….so we just hung out at the hotel in the morning and then had a short trip to ride the carousel down on the National Mall and look around in the Smithsonian Castle (which doesn’t have much but they insisted…because it’s a castle).

However, when we were looking for songs for our videos the night before, we came across this silly robot song and the girls just started dancing and then they asked if we could make a video of them dancing to the robot song. I am not sure if this is a good sign or a bad sign but I was having fun with the videos!

Silly Robot Video:

Wednesday

Today we went looking for dinosaurs and then went to the Postal Museum and sent postcards back to Grandmas and Aunts and Uncles!
We also redid the butterfly exhibit with the Go Pro this time!!!!

Here are our videos:

Dinosaur Hunt:

Butterfly Experience:

Thursday

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Last day! We fly home tomorrow. The girls got to pick where to go and they chose to go BACK to the zoo! I didn’t get the Go Pro out for this round but I did get a video on my phone of like 10 otters. It’s awesome. Check it out here:

https://instagram.com/p/4W6eYJvCAt/

Friday

We flew home on Friday and then got home and the girls got invited to play with friends at the Bremerton fountains. I was so tired by this point but didn’t want them to miss it…so I made another video! LOL.

Thanks for following my journey through DC.  These experiences, these memories, they are truly everything to me and I am so incredibly lucky to be able to have the freedom to spend these years with my kids.

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