We have lived in the DC area for over 13 years but I have never even gotten close to the Washington Monument. But with my parents in town we decided not only to get close to the monument but to take the tour to the top. Despite the rain and cooler weather the kids did well and we had a great time.
Getting close enough to touch...
That is seriously tall!
The monument stands 555 feet tall and the elevator takes you almost to the very top. The view of DC from the highest point in DC:
The girls checking out the view from up top.
After the monument we went to the American History Museum. The kids really loved the hands-on aspect of the museum. Us grown-ups enjoyed the history we saw there. My dad got "lost" in the cars and trains portions for quite a while :)
Because we're not allowed on the Metro with our huge wagon before 7 PM we had to kill some time between the museum closing and getting on the Metro.
The girls were dancing and being goofy:
Kaitlyn and Caleb having fun on the Mall with the Monument (even funnier after we had just been up in it!)
Mom and Dad looking cold but happy in DC!
This is my "done-for-the-day" look. After hours of walking around DC and then killing time I was tired. It was a LOOONG day!!
Apparantly I wasn't the only one who was done! (Side note: she was just playing - my kids don't actually fall asleep in strollers or wagons or the Metro or even cars - grrr...)
Another side note - I started this post days ago and am just now getting around to finishing it! With my parents here we are way too busy to spend time on the computer so this week I'm playing catch-up. More to post later...