Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Field Trip To Washington, DC

Hi, everyone! I hope you're all doing well.
I'm trying to get used to this new blogger interface...not liking it so far, but hopefully it will get easier.
We're down to two and a half weeks left of school. I am really looking forward to summer break. I'll still have to work to get things ready for next year, but at least I won't have to be in everyday.
We took some of the school children to Washington, DC last week. It was quite an adventure! It rained some, but not enough to ruin the day. There were three adults and twelve children. One of our biggest concerns was keeping everyone together on the metro. All went well until we were almost back. It was about 5:00, and there were people packed everywhere! One of the boys thought we were supposed to get off at a particular stop, so he just got off the train! Thankfully, one of the students noticed him get off and was able to get him back on before the doors closed! What a mess that would have been! He won't live that one down for quite a while! At least the 'regulars' got some free entertainment! :)

Katie on the Metro- her first experience on a subway system :)
Katie at the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery
One of JFK's famous quotes
Katie at the grave of JFK with the Washington Monument in the background. I thought this was a great picture. :)
Grave of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, with the eternal flame in the background

Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Tomb of the Unknowns

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Just a small sampling of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

My dad served in Vietnam, and I'm so glad he came home so he could be my dad!

Katie at the World War II Memorial

Kilroy at the WWII Memorial
For more information about Kilroy, you can click here

Cute little duck family at Constitution Gardens

Washington Monument

The kids had fun playing in this tree next to the Monument. They kept the day interesting for sure!!
Constitution Gardens

The Hope Diamond on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Katie at the Lincoln Memorial. It is huge!

I hope you enjoyed our little tour! Enjoy the rest of your week! :)
Take care,


  1. Looks like a great trip! D.C. is one of the places we'd like to visit. We were both there as kids but would like to go back again as adults!

    My FIL served in Vietnam as well!

  2. Wonderful pictures! My dad was in the Korean War. I've never been to DC but would love to get there one of these days.

  3. It looks like you all had a wonderful trip!!! My husband fought in Vietnam. I have great respect for all our soldiers. Most people don't realize the horrors they go through during a war. Tell your dad "Thank you" for me.

  4. This brings back memories, I was born and raised in D.C. Then when I grew up, I worked there at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center. It all looks the same except back then there was no Vietnam Memorial.

  5. Hi Melanie! I didn't know the Lincoln Memorial was so big either. Looks like such a fun time. Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

  6. I did enjoy your trip, Melane! I love the DC area! My sister lives outside of it, about 15 miles from it; we visited her back in 2005, I still have fond memories of the trip. Loved riding the Metro! what a scary adventure though with the student getting off sooner than planned! all great pictures; Katie is so pretty!

    I'm sure it will be great to have the summer break!


  7. Neat pics of Washington. Thanks for sharing Melanie. I've never been there but would like to go. Maybe someday.


  8. What an awesome experience for everyone! I love your pictures. I am another one who really would like to visit D.C. someday. I would definitely be one of those who would panic in the subway!

  9. Incidentally, I love the songs on your playlist.

  10. Thank you for the trip! This would surely be an educational place to visit.

  11. I loved going on the trip. Katie is so grown up and beautiful by the way. My daughter went when she was in the 8th grade. This brought back memories. Was that the Hope diamond from the Titanic? I am glad your dad got back home safe too. Rough war. A lot of my friends went too. Gosh I'm glad that boy from your school was safe. Looked like you had a great time. sandie♥♥

  12. Good Morning Melanie!

    I have to agree with you...I'm having an awful time with the "new blogger"...I miss when friends put up new posts...guess it's just hard for me to change!

    This post brought back so many memories for me!

    When I was a little girl...every fall we would travel to Washington, D.C. My dad had to bring test equipment to the bureau of standards. We would visit all the historical sites...such an incredible way to learn about our country's history! So glad that Katie had the opportunity to go!

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...

  13. Hi, Laura!
    So nice to have you stop by. :) Katie and I just got back from the church. We had a brunch with the ladies and girls, and played some games. We had a good time. :)
    Making a post with the new blogger is my biggest problem right now. I used to use the html to move my pictures, but that's all different now. Hopefully I'll figure it out.
    We had such a nice time on the field trip. The kids were well behaved, and other than almost losing Nick(!!!), everything went very smoothly. I'd love to go again sometime and see some different things.
    I hope you and your family are all doing well. I'm sure you're enjoying some nice spring weather. Have a great weekend, my friend!♥

  14. Neat pictures of Washington! It looks like you had a lot fun!

  15. Girlfriend...ya rock!!! This is a trip these students will remember forever!!!

    God bless ya and have an amazin' day!!! :o)

    Great pics sweetie!!!

  16. Such awesome pictures. Sounds like you had a great trip.

  17. I have given you an award and it's waiting for you on my blog. :)

  18. Great pictures, Melanie. I haven't been to DC in the longest time. There are so many great things to see there.

  19. Hi Melanie~Katie looks like she had a great time in Washington, D.C. I want to take my teens there. I loved going when I was 15. It was such a wonderful experience. I love all your photos and thank you for sharing them with us. God bless you, Rose


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