family fun in DC

As if our summer of fun crazy wasn’t busy enough we started off August with a trip to DC for me to go to a conference. Rob was on primary kid duty for a change and I had a great trip professionally.

We took Amtrak down, and it was great. Because we planned the trip a couple of months in advance tickets were pretty cheap. Overall so much better than flying. Simon spent most of the trip down playing on the ipad and Caleb ate and slept and smiled at the people around us. We lucked out both directions and got the four seats that face one another, with someone occasionally sitting with us as Caleb did not have a purchased seat. (If we do it again, I think I’d pay for the second kid seat)

IMG_2119We got in to DC early afternoon. I worked from the hotel room while the boys napped played on the beds making each other laugh.

IMG_2125That evening I got to meet my blog friend A and her daughter (also A). A was the very first blogger I interacted with. It was fun to meet after four years of online interaction. Simon and A were hilarious. At the restaurant they were talking like on a first date. And for me it really was meeting an old friend for dinner. After we walked down to the mall and road the carousel. Then ran around and the kids got matching boo boos.

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The rest of the weekend I went to the conference for parts of each day. I had a poster presentation (my undergrad showed up for it too) and I won a teaching award so there was a reception for that. In the exhibition hall I found a copy of the book I wrote a chapter in.

DSC05476 IMG_2136 IMG_2145While I went to the conference Rob took the kids to different parts of the Smithsonian. He took no pictures, but he did have his hands full. I joined them for afternoons and one day we went to the zoo to see the pandas. But we only got a picture with the Elephants.

IMG_2138The last day we went to the Building Museum and had a great time building things and playing in the giant maze. Caleb started sitting pretty well with support.

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The last day there was also our sixth anniversary and Caleb’s six month birthday. We got Haagen Dazs to celebrate (or just because it was hot). But really spending the whole day as a family, even though it did involve a late night train trip home (we got to Penn Station around 10:30) was kind of perfect.

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Washington DC

I went to DC last weekend to visit my Mom who was there for a conference. We went to lots of museums and geeky stuff that we totally enjoyed and both Rob and Chip were happy we did together so we never have to make them come along.

We went to the Library of Congress. I am now thinking up relevant research so that I can get a library card and access the reading rooms. Getting a PhD allows me to do this and I need to exploit it while I can.We went to the Newseum which Mom thought was great as a history teacher and I spent too much time reading. This is not the place to go if you don’t like to read. But the view from the promenade was pretty cool.


The biggest surprise / really cool thing was this photo:
The Mountain Eagle is the newspaper from Letcher County Kentucky where my Grandma Frazier grew up. She still subscribes and gets a stack of papers every week / month – I don’t know how often they come. But seriously, who knew that this small town paper (that publishes notes from readers to other readers as a mini-classified section) would be featured at a major museum.

We walked a lot, talked a lot, and ate a lot. Now if my library book wouldn’t have been lost in the hotel (I’m pretty sure it got tangled in the bedding when the sheets were changed) the weekend would have been pretty close to perfect.

Weekend in DC


Rob and I headed to DC this weekend to hang out with our friends Kirstee and Tim. We got in Friday night, had dinner and went back to their apartment to rest up for Saturday. Saturday was all about watching the GAME. Indiana vs. Wisconsin of course. We went to Rhino Bar in Georgetown, which happens to be the Ohio State and Penn State alumni hang out. But is also much cooler than the Indiana alumni bar. We got a table our pitchers of beer and plate of food and settled in for the long haul. Which actually turned out to be a pretty exciting first half, then came the second half. As Wisconson started to pull further and further ahead, the Penn State game was about to start. So we toasted our loss gave up our table and headed out to see some history. And what was the Penn State game all about???

I’ve only been to DC a couple of times and have never seen all of the monuments. So we took a little self-guided walking tour. From Georgetown, we walked to the Lincoln Memorial where there is a great view of the Washington Monument as well. Then on to the Roosevelt Memorial, which is very cool. It is a winding path of waterfalls with lots of FDR’s quotes engraved on the walls. After the Roosevelt memorial we headed down to the water (not sure what body of water it is) and walked around to the Jeffereson Memorial. Because of the open columns on all sides of the memorial and the sky was so blue, it looks like a painting when you approach. And inside the way the ceiling is constructed it looks like it goes up forever. Next trip we are visiting the White House.

More pictures to come…