Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

I'm not quite ready for a recap of our DC trip but I wanted to join in on Friday Favorites. Yes, my favorites this week were most definitely our DC highlights. I'm so very glad we did the quick road trip up north to see the nation's capital. I believe everyone needs to see DC once in their life. The boys had never been, so we really wanted to give them the chance to see it. We walked 12 miles the day we fully committed to DC sightseeing. It was tiring but worth it! 

Standing outside the White House wasn't necessarily my favorite but seeing all the sights combined was. Nothing compares to standing on the Mall and seeing a 360 degree view of everything. It was my favorite this week! 

A very close second was visiting the National Museum of The Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. 
What Marine could resist this visit? I'm pretty confident this is what hooked him for agreeing to this quick trip ;) Best tip for family trip planning...make sure there is something for everyone.

Everyone did (surprisingly) enjoy this museum. It was well done.

 Something for everyone means an amusement park with older kids. 
Always so thankful for SeaWorld parks free admission to military families 
every year. 
We picked the hottest day to go. 
Nothing like walking 9 miles in what feels like 107 degree heat. 
We were hydrating like it was our job! And riding all the roller coasters. 

Fourth favorite...I finally finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
All the reader comments were spot on. I did enjoy it. I thought it was a consistently good book from start to finish. I have never read a book set in Occupied France during WW2. I learned a lot. Yes, it's fiction, but it is sprinkled in truths. I love that kind of story. But, I finished it and I'm glad I read it and I would recommend it to others. I can see why you all sung its praises! 

It seems like there should be a fifth favorite but I don't have one. Friday is always a favorite. Today I'm taking some gals on a One Tree Hill tour of Wilmington. I've never seen this show and I'm going to be the designated photographer, so you can tell this will be a "favorite". Haha. 

Hope you all have a great week! What were your favorites from this week?

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  1. Hooray for a trip to DC! I totally agree with you that everybody should see it at least once in their lives! And I'm also so glad that you liked The Nightingale! I hadn't read that many books that were set in occupied France either, and it really opened up my eyes to how terrible the French had it during WWII.

  2. I love DC! We're using our leftover Disney money to go to DC in a few summers. The American history museum is my absolute favorite, but I also loved the National Portrait Gallery. Probably super boring for kids, but when you study the paintings and look at the accessories that the subjects had placed in the paintings to represent them, it becomes super cool to see what they were proud of in their lives or wanted to be remembered for. Hope you have a fun weekend!

  3. So fun! I love DC, but haven't been since I was a child. I would love to go back and experience everything as an adult. I have that book, but haven't read it yet. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  4. We started talking about visiting DC next year with the kids. I grew up going all the time, as we only lived a short drive away. Jake hasn't been since he was in 8th grade, and my 2 little ones have never been. So much history and amazingness, and being that my kids are children of a Marine, and their uncle is also a Marine - the Marine Corps museum is a must!