Saturday, April 30, 2016

Just. So. Much. Cute.

Baby's first ice cream

Possibly wrong to laugh at her reaction, but we were all excited that she was getting to try ice cream and she was so not impressed with the coldness.

Lake walkin'

She's become a bit friendlier, but she still keeps an eye on me at all times! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

from the past, now the future

We're going from monument and memorial photos to a stream of the darling VA Littles.

Most of them will be blurred as they (the subjects) do not hold still. 

Even Mama leapt into the Pit of Pathogens

As she was five months, the last time we met, she is slow to warm up.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Capitol things

After all of the monuments, memorials, and things historical~we made it to the Capitol.  We got to pose in the rain for a group photo.  And then stand in ankle-deep water to meet one of our Congressmen.  You'd think he would have at least invited us to stand under the eaves.  But no.  His staffers kept his bouffant dry under many umbrellas while he blathered on. 

In the Hall of Statues, each state gets to choose whom they want~this is Stephen F. Austin. 

Why they chose to make a dome of iron in a damp region, is unclear~it rusts out every few years.  They are in the process of cleaning it up for the next Inauguration.  

The original chambers for the Supreme Court. 

As I've spent most of my life in California, I had to include Junipero Serra.

Just some lovely architectural details in some room~after four solid days of historing, I think I had reached the saturation point.

Wright plane

With the above mentioned rain, lunch ended up in the Air/Space Museum (along with 2000 other school groups.   

We then headed to the Holocaust Museum~while they allow photographs, it didn't feel right.  But this.  This quote needed to be captured. 

And, as we're in the middle of Passover, thought that I would take a photo of this child's version of the haggadah. 

As I boarded the bus to go to the airport, my colleagues told me that I should just hop the Metro right there to head to my sister's.  I did and I arrived to find sweet toddler faces and this treat on my pillow!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

some time in April, somewhere in Virginia

I love getting proof of life photos from Bogart's care-givers


Hiking along the Shenandoah River 
The charm of Alexandria
Tonight's chatting kitty

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


View from the Newseum rooftop~part of the Inaugural route 

Headline bloopers were tiled in the restrooms 

Five minutes with Jefferson~wanted to backhand the student who stood in the Rotunda and asked what this guy did

What some students think of their first baseball game

We decided it's too confusing when both teams are wearing red hats

sixteen hours of memories


Yes, I am seeing historical and memorial and important things, but these hotel paper cups make me laugh~there's also one with a moustache. 

Cherry blossoms are long gone, but the dogwoods are lovely
It's been a 16 non-stop day with 56 teens and two buses in a major city AND about nine miles of walking, so there will only be captions tonight. 

JFK's Eternal Flame 


Edward Kennedy

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Waiting for the changing of the guard

The Air Force Memorial 2006

FDR Memorial (much better at night) 

Oh look~America has one famous woman

At the Newseum (remind me to write an entire entry on this fun museum.)