I am completely AMAZED at how well she fits in our family. I mean just amazed. I planned for every worst case scenario and I think we got every best. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the very beginning b/c Julie Andrews says that's a very good place to start and who am I to argue with a Dame? (she IS a Dame, isn't she? if she's not she should be.)
Washington D.C.- I just LOVE it. I loved sharing it with my boys and HAVE to give Sohailah ALL the credit b/c she is a tour guide and story teller extraordinaire and made it all come alive for all of us. She is a professional tour guide (for real) and could give us the inside scoop on so many things!!! Fascinating. I just loved listening to all her stories and information that we never would have known w/o her. My boys were hanging on her every word! And she knew just where to take us and when so we got to see so much more than we would have on our own. We all just loved it! Mick tried to act all foreign and uninterested, but he doesn't have a cynical bone in his body and I swear I saw a tear in his eye when we were visiting the exhibit of THE flag that was the inspiration for The Star Spangled Banner. (Okay- that's not true. He didn't cry. But he did have to admit that America knows how to store, display and promote her history!) We went to Ford's Theatre and the house across the street where Lincoln died, as well as a special exhibit in the Smithsonian dedicated to my FAV Prez. I was in awe. I just loved it all!!! The boys got a big kick out of Air and Space, and we enjoyed walking around, even though it was raining horribly all day.
A few pix:
(Below: tried to get the boys to do the funny "holding the Washington Monument" thing...