It rained all night and of course we woke to rain. And although it was raining we got up, ate and got our day going. The kids did a shorter version of school stuff today as we decided we would make lunches, pack up our backpack and head back down to DC and find a museum to spend our raining day in. Since we are here I want DC to be school – the experience, the history, the hands on learning at the Smithsonian’s. We picked the Smithsonian Museum of American History to be our destination today.
We were finally off, leaving dad and Summer for some peace and quiet for their workday. This is the first day we headed down that was a weekday so we expected more traffic- but it wasn’t too bad since we didn’t leave until mid morning. We found some public parking close by at the Ronald Reagan Building – it is a very secured building and they checked my trunk and all under the van before we could go in. Funny when we got home – I looked in the trunk and laughed – I had half a bag of dogfood, work out weights of Dawson’s, a step later, a box of clothes that we might mail home, soccer balls, towels, a cooler, a battery charger, an extension cord and wood planks for under the RV wheels when needed. I’m sure the security guy was wondering why the heck I had all that random stuff in the back of the van. He probably thought about it, looked at me and smirked and let us go into the parking garage anyway.
One good lesson the kids are learning is to pay close attention to where we park – getting landmarks and letters and numbers to the level and area of the garage. I am also teaching them to pay attention to where we come out when we exit a garage or a building so that we or they can find our way back. They are getting really good at reading maps and legends and starting to really pay attention to things they hadn’t even noticed before. It’s fun. We didn’t have too long of a walk in the rain and the rain was now lighter than it had been earlier that morning. We only had about 2 blocks toward the National Mall and then 1 block down the road to cross over to the American History Museum. We went in and was greeted by the welcome desk asking what did we most want to see. It was a toss up – I wanted to see Dorothy’s RUBY RED slippers and the kids wanted to see Lincoln’s hat since we learned so much about him in Springfield a few weeks prior. The nice guy at the desk told us the fasted route to the slippers and recommended the free guided tour that was going to be starting in 20 minutes that would show us items in all the exhibits and various things including the Lincoln hat. We took the escalators up and followed the directions the nice man provided and right there they were……the RUBY RED Slippers! Full circle to my lesson’s from OZ….and there is no place like home. It was fun to see them. They are the most requested item that folks want to see that enter the museum. I love that.
We had 20 minutes to get back down to the front to take the tour. The tour guide was awesome and very knowlegable and full of great information. The tour highlighted so many awesome things and really triggered fun memories as I went through much of the pop culture exhibits. We saw Kermit the frog, Archie and Ethel Bunkers chairs from their set “All in the Family”. Q asked if he could maybe watch some of those episodes. Too funny we might do that as a family tv night soon. We saw old cigarette commercials, MTV items – I told the kids in my 8th grade yearbook they highlighted what we all wanted to be and I wanted to be an “MTV VJ”. They were like – “what is that mom”. Funny how that video jockey was a pretty short lived gig. The pop culture section was fascinating to me. But also was weird that things from my childhood are history now.
We learned a ton about the american flag and the history and learned that Betsy Ross didn’t actually make the First American flag like we were all taught - however the kids and I can’t remember who did – we learned that we have been taught incorrectly through school. We will have to take Dawson back into this museum this weekend and recollect the lady behind the flag. There were so many cool things and my photo of Ab Lincoln’s hat didn’t turn out so I have to go back. Dawson will love it here too. So many cool artifacts of our country and our culture. We stayed until about 20 minutes prior to closing. It was still raining when we came out but it was light drizzle that just annoyed you as it blew in your face.
We re-entered the Reagan Building and talked about maybe hitting a memorial as sun was setting to see it up close. Franki had worn her converse and her feet were sore – so we opted to just try around and see some of the city sights all lite up again, then head home. I knew we were going to get in some rush hour traffic but we headed back to the RV anyway. It took us almost an hour to get back home vs the normal 30 minutes. Traffic was heavy but it was the 4 various broken up down cars on our route back that probably caused the most delays…and with all the wet roads – it was just slow. We decided to stop at the grocery store on the main corner of the road leading to the RV camp. We picked up some chicken for dinner and got back to the RV to make mashed potatoes. We had a tasty dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and salad. It was really good. The kids had fun telling Dawson all about our visit to the American History Museum. It is crazy how dark it gets so fast now. We didn’t see our friends Charlie and Kaia today but they are here until Thursday. It was a fun day.
A few showers were had and we settled in for some “Voice” on tv. We have a big day planned for tomorrow. We will be going down as a family and greeting the Honor Flight Veterans from Kansas and Missouri. Daddy will be with us there all morning and then he will pick up a car rental and leave us down there for the rest of the day. We have to get up and get motivated – something we haven’t really done in a while. The forecast calls for sun and warmth tomorrow. We are so grateful for a great day and all our opportunities and blessings! God is good.
Somewhere over the rainbow!
Tiffany & Family