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6.24.2012

The Bradford's go to Washington {The Archives, White House, and The Capitol}

Alan and I just got back from a whirl-wind trip to Washington D.C.! It was a quick 5 day, jam-packed trip of sight-seeing and history! Neither of us had ever been before, so when our beach trip plans fell through, we decided to go to D.C. last minute.I am so glad we did.

It was so neat to see some of the symbols of our country that I teach my kindergartners' about up-close and in person! If only Dr. C would let me take a bunch of 5 year-old kids to see all this (and if I were truly that crazy, insane, looney, etc. ), what an impact it would make!

I'd also like to thank all of my friends who gave us advice on what to see and do! We got a lot of great tips!!

We flew out on Wednesday, June 6th and came back that Sunday. I am going to show you pictures by place/monument rather than a day by day run down because we saw some of the same things over and over again. Our hotel was only 2 blocks from the White House, so we saw that everyday. This also meant that we were within walking distance of the National Mall.


The National Archives

Here we saw The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The White House

 George Washington helped oversee the planning and building of the White House, but he never lived here. President John Adams was the first to live here.
 
Mrs. Obama has a kitchen garden planted. There is also clover growing in the other wise weed-free grass because there is a beekeeper's hive there as well.

The United States Capitol

 Ronald Regan was the first president inaugurated on this side (west/back) of the Capitol.
 Future Senator?
 Here is the statue of Freedom that stands on the top of the Capitol. She faces the east so that the sun will never set on the face of Freedom. 
There is so much symbolism here. The thought that went into the planning of this city and many of its buildings is amazing!

Next up: The Memorials