S: Washington DC - Spring 2012
1: "Why haven't we left yet?" asked Brooks | Brandyn batting | Blake singing | Braxton snacking | Ben marching | Going to Washington DC for Spring Break. We left Thursday around 7pm. The trip took over twenty-one hours of driving. | Going to Washington DC | March 15th 2012
2: Monticello Thomas Jefferson's Mansion and Plantation | President Thomas Jefferson had a large family and many workers on his plantation. He tried to take good care of them. He also entertained guests almost every day. He had thousands of books which he donated to the new Library of Congress after it was burned in 1814. He authored the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, and founded the University of Virginia. | He invented a grandfather clock two-stories high and wide as the front porch. The world's first letter copier, a six-book reading pedestal, original maps and tucked-away beds are some amazing inventions in his home. | He went to bed at 8pm and slept sitting upright in his bed. He soaked his feet in ice each morning at 5am. He enjoyed good food and wine.
3: St. Patrick's Day in Williamsburg Virginia staying at the Governor's Green Wyndham | Green pancakes, orange juice, and protein drink | Breakfast antics and tasty green food | Miniature golfing at Governor's Green Wyndham
4: Williamsburg Virginia - James Fort | Our family on the James Fort dock | Military Reenactors from 900BC until now | Celtic Warriors | B Brothers in Spanish armor | Brandyn driving the Hummer
5: Yorktown Beach | This beach was really nice and a lot of historic events occurred here. Through miracles and help from friendly Indians, this first colony in the new America survived a few years until more colonists and supplies came. Later an important battle with the British was fought on this beach. We didn't arrive until after dark but the boys wanted to get out to try the sand and ocean water. Ben even wore his swimsuit and tried to find a body board, but the water was too cold. We played football in the sand and had a lot of fun anyway.
6: The Pentagon The Pentagon Memorial | The Pentagon press conference podium in the lobby | Blake, Christy, Brandyn, Dad, Braxton, Brooks, Ben
7: George and Martha Washington's Homestead | Beautiful view from the back of the Mansion | Original Painting by Arnold Friberg | Mount Vernon
8: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington House Cherry Blossoms | JFK and the Kennedy family's Tomb | Originally these hundreds of now-hallowed acres were General Robert E Lee's plantation. Over 400,000 soldiers are buried here, thousands of them unknown. The obvious sacrifices for our freedom make this a very sacred place.
9: Tomb of the Unknown Solder | Ben, Blake, Brandyn | Changing of the Guard | Arlington National Cemetery
11: United States Capital | Brigham Young | Lady Freedom
12: United States Capitol | National Monuments
13: World War II Memorial
14: Cherry Blossoms | Washington Monument
15: Washington Monument
16: Amelia Earhart | Apollo 13 Capsule
17: Primitive Monkeys | Tyrannosaurus Rex
18: Washington DC Temple | Blake and Brandyn jumping for joy | Brooks and Braxton were as patient as seven-year-olds can be while older family members took turns performing baptisms and sealings in this beautiful temple.
19: Young Family Washington DC Temple Visit
20: Library of Congress
21: Ford's Theatre | Patterson House | Ben and Aunt Christy took the Metro from our hotel and saw where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and where he died. | The bed above is the actual bed where President Abraham Lincoln passed away at 7:22am April 16th 1865.
22: Supreme Court | Franklin D. Roosevelt Monument | FBI building | We visited the highest court in the Nation. It's a basketball court on the 3rd floor above the official Supreme Courtroom. Brooks, Braxton, Mom and Dad are sitting on the Courthouse steps.
23: White House | On Friday, March 23rd we waited for two hours to get through security. A trained dog had to sniff each one of us from behind a vented wall. We finally toured the main level while the Obamas where upstairs. A lot of rare furniture and paintings were in every room. Photos of recent Presidents' families where on many walls and hallways.
24: Lincoln Memorial | Jefferson Monument
25: Smithsonian National Museum of American History | President of United States Exhibit What being the President is like.