Well, DC was a little different from NYC...
We got to DC on Thursday, 2/7. Ry wasn't feeling well, when we got to our friend Pam's home, his temperature was 102.8! She made him some chicken soup and he was in bed by 7 pm.
The next day we went to an urgent care clinic and found out that Ry had walking pneumonia!! He had to get his first IV ever!! I asked the doc if we should head home, but he said Ry was too sick to travel!!!
Luckily we were staying the next few days at a hotel. Pam graciously brought us over dinner that night!! Ry just rested.
Saturday, Pam, her girls and I went to Arlington Cemetery. Wow, what an amazing place. We meandered through it, and were able to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Here is a photo of Pam's girls Rachael and Allison, and me at the pavilion.
Sunday we went to Mass with Pam and family. Afterwards we took the Metro into DC, and saw our friends Erin and Joe. Joe gave us a driving tour of DC, but we didn't get out because it was super cold and windy. We did get out at the Iwo Jima Memorial, and it felt like the teens! From there you can also see the Washington Memorial.
We then headed back for a restful evening.
Monday we got to see some Smithsonian museums - Air & Space and Natural History. We had fun exploring both, and I just loved seeing the Hope Diamond at Natural History. We wanted to go to American History, but it is closed until the summer. They did have some items on display at Air & Space - C3PO, R2D2, Dorothy's red slippers, etc. At least we saw the highlights.
Tuesday we did our Capital events. We went on a tour of the White House with Pam and her girls. We saw about 6 rooms. It was self-guided but cool to actually be in the White House. Then we had a tour of the Capital. We went with a staffer from our US Rep's office - Mike McCaul. We were the only ones on the tour! It was great - took over 2 hours!! A highlight of our trip!!
Tuesday night an ice storm hit the area. People were stuck on the roads 4 - 9 hours!! We actually got out of our taxi 1/2 a block from our hotel because it was costing too much money staying parked!
Wednesday we headed back. We saw Pam and Allison for lunch. It was soo great to see her, and spend time with her beautiful family!!
One of the funniest signs was at the Metro! Thought y'all would get a kick from it - don't have any of these in Texas!!
Ry is finally doing better. He was on antibiotics for 10 days, and I have not gotten sick! I tell Ry it is because I got the St. Blaise blessing at Mass on Feb. 3, and he decided not to do it. Don't think he'll miss that one!
We'll post some more photos on our flickr account!! Probably this weekend!