Mt. Vernon from the front
Mt. Vernon from the back
turn around, with the house behind you and this is the view..beautiful!
Arlington Cemetery....the thing that surprised me the most about Arlington was how MASSIVE it is. I mean, you know there are lots of soldier buried there, but it is HUGE! so many graves of brave men and women who died serving our country and protecting our freedoms. i felt very thankful.
the Kennedy's Graves
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...we saw the changing of the guard which only happens 2 times a day i believe. that was very cool
Jefferson memorial, from the...back? i'm not sure which side to call it, but there's cute Kendall:)
same side of the Jefferson memorial, just closer
Gigantic statue of Jefferson himself, the thing that was kind of sad about this memorial, that we hadn't seen on any others, was the words on the walls....they must have been made of copper or something because they were turning green and (the other side of the wall, not the one pictured) had lines of oxidized run-off down the wall. so ribbons of greenish gunk running through the letters of the words. presumably from weather and moisture, staining the marble/stone that makes up the walls.
another super fun thing we did...this trip is actually an anniversary trip, that we took early. our anniversary is in December, 10 years woo woo! but in December we will have a very new small person (who happens to be a girl!!! yay!!!) in our house (yahoo:)) so we took the trip early. i had never ridden in a limo, and kendall always said that for our 10th anniversary, he would take me out in one. well, lo and behold, he surprised me with one while we were on vacation! very fun! funny story though...while the driver was waiting in the turn around at the hotel, she had her door open to get out and another car tried to sneak past the limo, but hit the door, wrenching it back toward the front of the limo! making it so that the door wouldn't close and the limo could not be driven! when we arrived downstairs, a police officer was there with the limo driver, and the driver of the other car... another limo came to pick us up 15 or so minutes later...this time a white one:) so i actually got TWO limos:)