Monday, November 18, 2013

Washington, D.C Sibling Trip--Celebrity Sighting

One of our Day Trips
was to Mount Vernon,
home of George and Martha Washington.

While taking the tour, I noticed a voice that I recognized.
When I looked at the women who the voice
came out of, I just knew that she
was either a TV or Movie Celebrity,
but for the life of me, I couldn't figure out
who she was.
 Boy Terry,
(we call my brother that because
my sister-in-law is Girl Terry)
figured it out.

The voice belonged to Miller Gaffney,
one of the stars of Market Warriors.
If you have never watched this show on
PBS, you should do so, especially
if you like antiques as much as I do.

Miller (shown below)
was delightful.  She was so
excited that we (me and both Terry's)
watched her show.  She introduced
us to her dad who was touring with her,
gave us her business card, and told
us to watch for a new show
she is going to be in.

Click below to see
the website of the show.
Market Warriors 

In the spirit of full disclosure,
I must tell you that Miller
is not waving at me.
I used my zoom lens to snap
a paparazzi photo of her.

As a side note, my sister-in-law
Gail also spotted a celebrity on the
subway.  Kim was sitting right beside
Peter Jacobson (Dr. Taub) from House.
HOUSE

Yes, we did act like a
bunch of teenagers at
times!




Monday, November 11, 2013

Washington, D.C. Sibling Trip--National Botanical Garden


These are all photos taken
as I wandered through
the many rooms and gardens
of the National Botanical Garden.
David says this was his favorite
place on the trip.
If you are not a huge fan
of flowers, skip this post.
If you are, I'll let you wander
without much commentary.  










The many varieties of orchards
were beautiful.




OK, these polka-dots
look like they have been
painted on the leaves.









Bananas




Isn't God's creation
absolutely AMAZING?!!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Washington D.C. Sibling Trip

We took our first, but not last,
Sibling Vacation to Washington, D.C. 
last week.
Thought I'd share a few of the highlights,
although there is no way
I can include all the laughter,
smiles,  delicious food, and good times
that we had being all together.
This was the escalator from the subway
to our hotel.  It was probably 5 stories
high and was really pretty amazing.
I must admit that we also found an
elevator that we took a few times.

On our first full day, we explored the monuments on the Mall.
It was a beautiful, but cool day.
Isn't that sky just breathtaking?

Loved the Smiothsonian museums.

Had to take this mummy picture
for Caleb who is fascinated with
Egypt right now.

The White House at night is beautiful.
It always amazes me that tourists
can get so close to our
President's home.

Gail arranged a tour of the capital with
her Texas Congressman's office.
I highly recommend doing this
as we were able to bypass
all of the LONG lines.
Each state has two statues
in the capitol.
Of course, we had to take a picture
of Texas' Sam Houston.

California has a statue of Ronald Reagan
with pieces of the Berlin Wall
on the base.

One of David's favorite spots
was the National Botanical Garden.
I will do an entire post on that
beautiful place.

We spend LOTS & LOTS & LOTS
of time on the subway.
If you look closely, you can see
me, David, Randy, Kim and Gail in
this photo.

The Washington monument was covered with
scaffolding because of damage during the 2009
earthquake.

One of the newest memorials is the
WWII Memorial.
It was amazing, especially because
we were there when a group of
veterans from Alaska were touring.

Each star represented 100 men
or women who gave their lives
for OUR freedom.
Very sobering.

We did LOTS & LOTS & LOTS
of walking.

The Lincoln Memorial is one of
my favorites.  I have always
admired this man and what he
did for our country and for
his strong faith in God.

The Korean War Memorial is unique, original,
and awe inspiring.  

Another shot of the Capitol.


Ceiling in the Capitol.

The "guys"!
I love these men.
They are not only
my husband, my brothers,
and my brother-in-law, but
great examples of
what husbands and
fathers should be.

A cute subway picture of Kim and Randy
with Aunt Terry in the background.

The siblings at Mount Vernon,
which was a fascinating place.
I have been blessed my entire
life to have these folks
as family.

It was just a little chilly by the Potomac.

George Washington's tomb.

One of the highlights of the trip for me
was worshipping together
at the National Cathedral.

It was a wonderful trip filled
with great memories.
Can't wait to do it again!