This year, with the kids crazy summer schedules, we weren’t able to take a long summer trip, so we thought it would be fun to spend the 4th of July in D.C. celebrating at our nation’s capital.
Knowing how crowded the city can be for the fireworks, we stayed at a Hilton property close to the National Mall, so we wouldn’t have to walk to far afterward. Of course it’s located right behind the International Spy Museum and my oldest son was beside himself happy LOL. We packed in and saw as much as we could, even with long lines and crazy hot temperatures. We checked off a bucket list city, and I love our memories.
Here’s what we did:
- We walked a lot.
- In all major cities we buy tickets for Big Bus and ride around to see the sights. It gives us a good idea of the layout of the city along with interesting facts.
- Listened to president Trump’s speech from the Lincoln Memorial, while watching the military planes fly over.
- Celebrated the 4th of July fireworks on the National Mall.
- We ate some amazing food from Momofuku, Old Ebbitt Grill, outside cafe at the Willard hotel, and down on the wharf.
- We went to the Spy Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and the National Archives Museum to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
- We rode the night tour and saw the Jefferson Memorial, MLK Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
- We rode little scooters all around the National Mall to visit some of sights: Washington Monument, Capital building, White house, Lincoln Memorial.
- And we completed our trip with a baseball game with the Washington Nationals.
Good morning, Northern California! Today, we drive the last leg of our trip down to San Francisco. We’ll explore the Avenue of the Giants, Redwood National Park, stop for lunch in Mendocino, and finish the day having dinner at Fog Harbor in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Vacation Day 4!
Today, we headed south out of Portland and straight into Willamette Valley. Known for its Pinot Noir’s and sweeping views we had to stop at a few before heading into Northern California for the night.
2. Domaine Serene
3. White Rose Estate
4. Stoller – boys loved playing frisbee golf
Here we took a break and headed to Eugene. Drop through the University of Oregon to show the boys and passed the Ducks Stadium.
5. Sweet Cheeks
6. Kings Estate – here we sat outside and ate dinner.
Vacation Day 3!
Today we drove out of Seattle. Our first stop was at Snoqualmie Falls. This waterfall is the tallest in the state of Washington. Next we drove to Mt. Rainer National Park. Just outside the park is Crystal Mountain. There we took a gondola ride to the top where the views were spectacular and we ate lunch at Summit House. It was 42 degrees and the boys loved the snow patches. After the drive through the park, we headed down to Portland. In Portland we stayed at the Nines Hotel. We snacked in the roof and then ate at The Urban Farmer restaurant. Our waitress mentioned to the chef that Davy is in a bee club at school, so he came out and took us on a tour of their rooftop garden, showed us their rooftop apiary, and then their aquaponics garden in the basement of the hotel. It was an awesome personal touch experience.
Day two in Seattle…
Today, we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island where we walked around, snacked, and tasted wine. Afterward, we went to Pike’s Brewery and then The Great Wheel. For dinner we ate at Aqua on the water.
It’s day one of our summer 2018 family trip!!! Today, we flew to Seattle and explored the Space Needle and Pike’s Market Place. We’re staying at the Edgewater and today is just gorgeous!!!
So, I’m laying in bed Sunday morning and Davy comes running into my room and says, “You need to get up, get dressed, pour some coffee, and come outside! Today is a special day because Matty is learning to ride his bike with no training wheels!” Sure enough, all three of them are outside at the crack of dawn with Matty’s training wheels off and he is gliding down the driveway. He did a great job and by the end of the morning he was riding it by himself. I took a short video and we cheered him on. He’s almost ready to ride on two wheels full-time, he just needs his legs to get a little longer for better balance when he puts his feet down… 🙂 Awesome job Matty bear!
After months and months of trying to help Davy learn to ride his bike, and what seemed like every different type of method under the sun….Andy finally found the solution and within 45 minutes he was up and running and the rest is history. So now you are asking yourself what finally worked???, well a YouTube video Learn to ride a bike in 5 simple steps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRk1xZbahf0 They watched it a few times and then he was ready. In fact the whole thing happened so quickly that I missed the first time he went gliding and pedaling down the driveway.
Here are the steps:
1. Take off pedals
2. Walk around while on the bike
3. Glide using a slight down hill
4. Put pedals back on
5. Glide and pedal…ride the bike!
He was so excited and we are so proud of him.
Davy made this calendar for us as a Christmas present. He gave it to us after the Winter Concert.
So last weekend Andy and I got up, flipped on the coffee pot, and then we heard “Hi Daddy”. Little Matty had climbed out of his crib. Now, about a year ago he started climbing out, and we were fine with that….but day after day he kept getting up earlier and earlier and that just wasn’t going to work. So Andy and I ended up turning his crib around putting the high back in the front, pushing it against the corner of the wall, and then pushing his armoire up against the other side. Now the front was to tall and both of his sides were blocked. You may be thinking “how high could the back of the crib actually be?”, and well lets just say that I had to stand on one of the kids stools and then drop him over the edge. I always felt horrible dropping him in, but he thought it was funny and would laugh.
We decided it was time. We packed the kids up in the truck and went to buy Matty’s bed. Matty was so excited! I don’t even know how to describe how excited he has been all week while we were converting his room. He loves the color blue (even if half the time he calls it purple), so we picked out a nice bright color to paint the walls. For the bedding I went over to pottery barn kids and bought a Madras quilt and pillow sham. It definitely looks like him and it will go with whatever his favorite item of the moment is…firetrucks, surf boards, baseball, etc.
It took two days to move, paint, and assemble. I couldn’t have gotten it all done without the help of Davy. He painted this wall and he helped build Matty’s toy box bookshelf; thanks Davy! The walls are still a little bare, but over time he will fill them up… :O) We decided to let Matty sleep on the little bed for the first two nights, just to make sure the paint fumes were mostly gone; and then here he is on his first night in his new bed! So sweet!
Enjoy your new room beautiful boy…