Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4th Firworks, Fun and Freedom

Mr. Realife's father passed away 2 years ago on the 4th, so we are making it a point to do something in memory of him each year. As you saw here, Mr. Realife and I ventured to DC for the 4th weekend -

What an adventure!! So many things going on and SO many people. While I lived 10 years in the Philadelphia area, I don't seem to remember it ever being so crowded. So... without further ado, here are pix from our weekend.

Our Beautiful Hotel:
The Westin in Downtown Alexandria, VA

We took the Metro everywhere which left us walking
about 12 miles in 2 days - My feet/legs were so sore by Monday,
I could hardly walk from the bed to the bathroom...
I guess wearing flip flops was not smart :)

We, of course, visited our Capital and the Washington Memorial
We also visited the Lincoln Memorial and took pix of
Mr. Realife's our favorite states.

We visited so many museums,
I couldn't even tell you which ones they were.
I do know we loved the museum of American history
and saw Dorthy's red slippers and Archie's chair
where he would discuss political/racial issues with his wife.
Thinking back to that show,
I'm taken aback at some of the content!!

We also visited the Air and Space Museum where we saw
The Write Brother's first plane... Because we live near the OBX,
Mr. Realife loves the whole history of their journey
and how Kitty Hawk, NC is where they flew the first airplane.

The architecture of the buildings overwhelmed us.
The History of American Indians building
was absolutely breathtaking.
We really enjoyed this museum, too.
The truths behind their history are
astonishing and heart breaking.

Probably the most touching event was visiting the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mr. Realife was able to find his
Uncle who died there the year he was born.
Just seeing this wall brought me chills.

This is me being silly...
I got such a kick out of this reflection wall - HA!

Dinner in Alexandria, VA - This town is so incredibly quaint!
Sort of reminded me of Annapolis, MD -- We walked around
and looked at all the shops, but didn't spend nearly the
amount of time I wanted to there... a good reason to go back :)

Just a few other shots from the weekend :)
p.s. -- YES! We watched fireworks...
NO! I didn't get ANY pix of them! UGH!


Miss Sweet Tea said...

What a great weekend! I absolutely love DC! You two look so adorable in all of these pictures :)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Looks like you guys had a great weekend.

Cocaine Princess said...

What a lovely thing to do for Mr. Real Life's dad.

All the pictures are awesome, glad you had superfab time.

P.S. I like your yellow top.

Anonymous said...

Great shots! Your yellow top is too cute. Looks like fab weekend.

Ms. Salti said...

The pics are great. I'm glad to hear you guys had such a good time!

Annie said...

You are so cute ;)
Wonderful pictures!
Glad you had such a good time!!

Cole said...

Fantastic pictures! D.C is one of my favorite cities. :-)

writing4612 said...

Sounds like a great trip! I love your yellow tank top--so cute.

Lauren said...

Oh I so want to go back to DC! Looks like you guys had an amazing time!

Shaina said...

Great photos! We used to live in Alexandria (moved to Indiana this past September) and I really miss Old Town and King Street. Such a great little town!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

I love DC, and am so jealous you got to go! Looks like you all had a great time.

Jenny.Lee said...

So many great pics!

Danica said...

SO cute! Love all the pictures and I really like your hair like that. :) Looks like you guys had just a wonderful time there!

Anonymous said...

love the photos. looks like it was the perfect getaway. what better place to spend the fourth of july than in DC?

Rachel said...

This trip looks so fun! I've lived in VA all my life and I love visiting DC! The American History museum is one of my favorite places to visit there.

Erin said...

Lokks like such a fantastic weekend! I was begging hubs to go to DC for the 4th but clearly we did not make it :) You took some really cool pictures, Love the metro pictures the best!

Miss HoneyDew said...

cute pics! BTW your hair cut is super cute and suits you!!! Love it!

SassyEngineer said...

It looks like it was so much fun. I have never been to DC, but I really hope to some day! I'm actually going to visit Philly soon, but sadly we can't make the trip to DC. Maybe another year.

Also, I agree with Miss HoneyDew - I am still loving the haircut. Super cute and edgy!!!

Lindsey said...

How fun!! Love the pics and love your yellow shirt, you are so cute!

Anonymous said...

What a fun trip. Love all the pictures and your new haircut, too cute!

Krystyn said...

Looks like a great time and a great way to celebrate the life of lost family members.

Lucky in Love said...

You take fantastic pictures!

Looks like you two had so much fun! I heart DC!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

i'm so glad you guys had such a great time! you look so cute!!!

Megan said...

Looks and sounds like it was a great weekend! Love all the pictures!! =)

AmyJean said...

Girl next time you make it out this way, let me know... we can have drinks :) I'm right in the downtown DC area :)