S: Washington D.C, January 1-8, 2011
BC: Another Tix Family Vacation
FC: January 1-8, 2011 While Andy attends an educators seminar at the Holocaust Museum, Amy, Ellie, and Annika visit Washington D.C. and have fun with Anne and Madi Deustch while Brian is stationed in Kuwait . | Washington D.C.
1: Saturday, January 1, 2011 | Annika and Ellie on the airplane to Reagan National Airport. As soon as we arrive at Brian, Anne, and Madison Deutsch's house in Springfield, Virginia, Madi, Ellie, and Annika take Macy Lou for a walk in a nearby park.
2: Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 Mount Vernon Home of our first president, George Washington. Andy, Amy, Madi, Annika, and Ellie tour his house.
3: We visited the Blacksmith shop, where Ellie, Madi, and Annika stood watching the blacksmith make horseshoes. | We saw Alladin, the Christmas Camel and toured all 3 floors of George and Martha Washington's mansion.
4: Mount Vernon gift shop | Storytime at Mount Vernon.
5: Madi with her favorite toy at the gift shop.
6: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 | Museum of Engraving and Printing Ellie standing by the new $100 bills that we saw being printed.
7: Ellie and Annika on "The Mall" where we saw the Capital Building and the Washington Monument.
8: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 | Smithsonian Natural History Museum
9: We visit the Natural History Museum and Ellie and Annika loved seeing the Hope Diamond (the biggest diamond in the world) as well as the other jewels.
10: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 | Smithsonian National Zoo
11: Anne and Madi drive us to the Smithsonian National Zoo. We enjoyed the panda bears and orangutangs the best.
12: Annika and Ellie reading books at Barnes and Noble Bookstore while Madi is at preschool on Tuesday.
13: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 Washington Monument | We walk up and get tickets to take the elevator to the top, where we could see the White House and other D.C. monuments.
14: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 Smithsonian American History Museum We took viewed the amazing Star-Spangled Banner and the Inaugural Gowns worn by the First Ladies of the White House. Ellie loved Hillary Clinton's gown while Annika loved Michelle Obama's gown.
15: Ellie and Annika had fun in the Spark Lab building a musical marble ramp and kite, and then in the Invention at Play area, trying to windsurf,
16: Thursday, January 6th, 2011 We play at Madi's house, chalk the sidewalk, and take MacyLu for a walk or two.
17: Friday, January 7th, 2011 Ice-Skating at Mount Vernon Rec. Center | Ellie, Annika, and Madi have fun ice-skating with Mom.
18: Friday, January 7th, 2011 The Divas Go Shopping! | Anne and Madi take us to their favorite mall for lunch and shopping.
19: Madi, Ellie, and Annika walking Macy Lou.
20: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.