Here's a quick (yet photo heavy) review of our vacation:
Saturday we walked over 7 miles. We saw ALL the monuments on the mall and the Union Station.
After looking at the Union Station, and the Library of Congress - we went to the Capitol. It is an amazing building. But the exciting thing?! Glenn Beck was speaking out front. We listened to him as he called for us to de-fund the GOP. He talked about being good citizens and finding joy in serving our country. We were super close to one of my mother and my favorite people! And I even got a photo with Pat Grey, Glenn Beck's best friend and business partner. Mom and I were sooooooooo excited!
We had to break the law (civil disobedience) in order to get up to all of the different monuments and memorials. It was exciting, a bit scary, and worth-while. Here's proof of our civil disobedience:
Then it was on to Franklin D. Roosevelt's monument. I really don't think FDR was that great of a president. He was probably sincere, but he had a lot of progressive quotes that I don't agree with. And I really don't like the fact that he thought he was better than George Washington and served for 3 terms.... But his monument was striking and well created.
After FDR, we saw Martin Luther King Jr.'s Monument. Now he was a great man. I don't like how the progressives are using his memory for their cause (I personally don't think he would like it either) but his monument was very inspirational.
The Lincoln Monument was by far the most sad to see. It's hard to see this in the photo, but there is a line of policemen barricading us from going to the monument. There was also TWO gates and mounted police. There was a large protest outside the gates which we joined in. My daughters were shocked at the anger and worried about the feelings of the police. But the understood that we are given the right for free speech. And the disagree with the way the President of the United States is handling conflict and the government shut-down. Here are some interesting (and historical) pictures from our vacation:
Sunday we went to Church. Guess what? Harry Reid was in our ward. Mom was close enough to kick him, but she didn't. (I would have. I don't understand that man and I don't like him at all.)
We also went to the Kennedy Center Sunday evening for a free concert. It was a jazz/Spanish/Brazillian concert. It was a lot of fun. And the Kennedy Center is really cool.
Tuesday was another beautiful day. We decided to go to Arlington Cemetery. It was fantastic. And the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was almost spiritual. It was neat.