Once again, I would like to thank Mike and Kelly for opening their home to our family, feeding us, watching our kids so me and TheWife could go out (Maple Manhattans), advising us on what sites to see, and being great friends. You are amazing friends with big hearts and our children love you as much as we do. Thanks for everything – Houston 2015 Road Trippin’ is on the horizon!!
When we made the decision to visit Washington D.C., Mount Vernon was one the tourist destinations I wanted/needed to visit. Not only did I want to walk the halls of our First President’s home, but Mt. Vernon was also a 7th grade project I worked on with my grandfather.
In 1997 my grandfather dedicated a weekend to help construct a scale model of Mt. Vernon as it overlooked the Potomac River. I remember my grandfather being patient with with my every cut and paste. It was an experience I still talk about today. So, it was necessary for me to see the actual estate in person. My only regret is, 5 years ago I threw out the model – it would have been cool to bring it on our trip and see if the museum would display it our something.
After the previous days stroller debacle, the first item out of the trunk was the stroller (no debates or looks of death today). The sun was shining, the clouds painted the sky in a deceiving way to make one think it was a comfortable temperature. Where were the kid’s jackets? Yep, we remembered the stroller but not the jackets. After a quick stop to the gift shop and $40.00 later, TheBoy and TheGirl had new Mt. Vernon sweat shirt.
The Mt. Vernon Estate is huge and has a lot to offer: Tours of the home, green grass for kids to run in, flower and beautiful back drops to take pictures, farm animals, and overall a great family atmosphere. TheKids rolled down the hills, ran in the grass, played tag with Kelly, pet the sheep, and were infatuated with the pigs.
The overall experience was enjoyable and brought back wonderful memories of my grandfather. It was also great seeing TheKids play and enjoy time with Mike and Kelly. Mike and Kelly are wonderful friends and we appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to spend the afternoon with us and opening their home to us for the weekend.
Thanks for the DC memories!!!
Side note – We also went to visit Georgetown and the highlight was visiting the steps to the Exorcist.