We had a fun, sight-seeing day in D.C. last week. It was just the two of us and it started with a tour of the White House. We were adamently told not to bring anything with us, specifically cameras. Once we got inside, however, they surprised us by saying for Christmas they were allowing pictures. All we had were our cell phones, so the pictures really don’t do it justice. Everything was beautiful and perfectly arranged.
Here we are, on the steps of the White House.
This was in the hallway. The picture doesn’t look all that great, but the stars hanging from the ceiling were lovely.
The state dinning room with Mr. Abe looking on.
The Creche. Hard to see, but very beautiful!
The library, with Bo by the fireplace.
I bonded with Bo.
Bo made of buttons.
This was the main Christmas tree decorated with purple hearts and handmade notes. There were several notes from children to their fathers. It was really sweet.
The two of us right by the tree.
The gingerbread house. They had pictures of previous years’ gingerbread houses, and this one put all of those to shame. Amazing!
Standing by the seal of the President, with the main tree in the background.
Having fun in the oval office
Looking oh so presidential.
We stopped by the office of our congressman to get a guided tour by one of his staff. I was highly impressed that he has a canoe hanging from the wall in his office.
This is the view from the capitol. We were by the balcony where the president gets sworn in. You can see the Washington Monument straight ahead. The capitol was empty for the holidays so our guide gave us the behind the scenes tour. It was very interesting, but we weren’t allowed to take pictures for most of it.
The capitol ceiling. So impressive!
To honor my mother and sister, we made a quick stop at the Library of Congress. Someone had told us that this is the most beautiful building in D.C. They were not lying! I could handle doing research in this place!
On the steps of the Library of Congress, looking out at the capitol.
We stopped at the Supreme Court building, but they were already closed for the day. So, technically we visited all three branches of government.
Thanks to Carmen for watching the kids so we could experience it all!
More to come on the rest of our trip