1: Keegan's 13th Birthday extravaganza began with an early present opening via skype with Oma. He was eager to begin taking pictures with his first digital camera!
3: Friday night, October 8, 2010, we had a family party. The Krupnek's, Stikeleather's, Uncle Forrest, Christin Kubczak and McCrum's came and celebrated with us. We had pumpkin pie, brownies and ice cream. | His last present was given by way of playing a history game with all of it having to do with Washington D.C. It took him a bit to "get" that he was actually flying there AND to get over the initial disappointment that he couldn't go with Dad. Eventually he thought it would be great!
4: October 10, 2010 was a beautiful Sunday. We hung out at church between services with several of Keegan's friends. They ate and played Wii. Those who came were Bobby Krupnek, Wesley Royce, Isaiah Raab, Brock Simpson, and Josh Reiss. Surprisingly they got bored of the video games and played soccer in Pastor's backyard and horsed around outside. | 13
7: Boys will be Boys! | Isaiah, Wesley, Bobby, Keegan, Brock
10: Mrs. McCrum dropped us off at Flint MBS on Wednesday afternoon. We had a layover in Atlanta where we tried fudge and ate at Popeye's. Keegan learned the ropes of migrating through an airport. | Wednesday Nov 10, 2010
11: We arrived at Reagan National Airport about 5:30pm where Joanna met us. We rode the Metro directly to the National Mall and made our way to Hard Rock Cafe for Dinner. Joanna bought us a souvenir drinking glass that we carried home on the plane. We passed the EPA building that had a HUGE light fixture, and the FBI building, as well as a bird-dropping covered van that we could only assumed belonged to the rookie. ;) | D.C.
12: Joanna wanted us to see the Mall first at night so we headed straight there from the airport before eating dinner. It was something else to walk out of the Metro underground into the night sky. The Capitol and Washington Monument were all lit up. Here we're between the two buildings.
13: The Washington Monument and the Capitol were gorgeous in the evening.
14: We even got to go up in it!
15: George Washington Monument
16: The National Archives | Declaration of Independence | The Bill of Rights | The Magna Carta | U.S. Census | Letters to and from Presidents
17: We took a guided tour on Thursday morning and I would highly recommend it! We learned a lot through the tour guide. We got to go in the rotunda and no, the 'National Treasure' was not allowed to record in there because of light restrictions. They used a realistic backdrop in another room. We were there the ONLY weekend of the year that they put out the original 'Emancipation Proclamation.' Definitely could've spent more time there! | Forever Friends! | The Constitution | Emancipation Proclamation | Service Records
18: Peter C. Reyes saved my life and died doing so.
20: A Legacy of Healing and Hope: Dedicated to the 265,000 women who served in the Vietnam era.
21: The Three Servicemen
24: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
25: Lincoln's hat he was wearing when he was asassinated. It's kept at the Smithsonian. | View from the Lincoln Memorial | View from the WWII Memorial
27: As we walked towards the White House on Friday evening we came upon traffic stopped at the corner and a motorcade leaving. President Obama was out of the country...not sure who left, but it was cool to watch.
28: Here we mark the
29: The wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. | price of freedom.
33: Alexandria, VA We had planned to meet up with Caleb Van Duesen and his family on Thursday night. Keegan hadn't seen them in a few years. | Seriously?
34: We spent Friday inside the Pentagon getting a chaperoned tour from Joanna because she worked there. These are the only pictures we could get away with taking which is the memorial next to it. We were amazed to find that it's a mini-city inside....everything you need including restaurants, dentists, banks, pharmacies, gift shops etc. I did take a picture out front before Joanna yelled real nice and loud for the booms to catch, "You didn't just take a picture!?" No, I really didn't know that we couldn't OUTside either! hahaha Keegan remembers almost getting lost inside because it's so big. I don't think we were ever "lost." But I did get questioned about having 2 visitors badges when I was standing outside the bathroom. The 2nd one was Keegans's on his jacket that I was holding while he was in the bathroom. People are truly watching in there!!
35: Keegan even prevented a fire at one of the gift shop kiosks. She had a lamp above her jewelry that could move and it had gotten pushed in to the scarves. He noticed it and pulled it away. The scarf had started melting and she seemed dismayed. I later bought this trinket box from her as my trip souvenir.
36: Everywhere we walked, which was EVERYwhere, we saw enormous buildings and beautiful architecture.
37: And no matter the beauty or wonderful weather there were homeless everywhere...even on the step of the Smithsonian.
38: Late Lunch in Chinatown on Friday. So Yummy!
39: No pictures are allowed to be taken inside. It is a MUST do when in DC. Very cool, real history and hands on projects. Keegan liked how you had to choose and remember a fake identity and then answer questions that related to your new alias. We saw the Aston Martin from the James Bond movie and got to crawl through ductwork like a spy.
41: and got kicked out both times. They are very prompt in there closing schedule. We did see Julia Childs kitchen, Lincoln's exhibit, the First Ladies' dresses, the infamous Carol Burnett 'Gone with the Wind' dress, the Continental Gunboat Philadelphia, and several others. Our Favorite was the original flag that inspired Francis Scott Key in writing our national anthem. Couldn't take pictures. It was HUGE. The gold tiles above Keegan's | Keegan's hand vs. President Lincoln | We visited the Smithsonian very little. We were so short on time and they close at 5pm on the dot. So we ran in two different days | head represent it's size and that's just the bottom of it!
42: Georgetown | the one on t.v. "DC Cupcake" | We were lucky and only had to wait 15 min. in line!
43: Y | Yumminess!! | awesome burgers and fries!