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The Leslies hit D.C.

Since we were near Washington this week for a meeting so we decided to take the kids to see D.C. We drove into Springfield and parked the van and took the Metro to the National Mall. Talk about a confusing town, where are all the street signs anyways???? Finally we managed to find the Metro station with the one Metro sign we saw, what a frustrating time, but we enjoyed Washington, so it was worth the trouble.

Hope you enjoy the pics.

The Washington Monument, we got there and then close to the long line of people waiting to get into the memorial was a sign that read "Tickets can be bought at kiosk on 15th street. To top it off it was burning hot out there at least mid 90s. So needless to say, we didn't go up in the monument, maybe next time.
The Lincoln Memorial, it was so hot out there we had to fight the desire to jump in that water.

The White House, sadly we couldn't see it so well and by the way we made it that way we were to pooped to walk down there to see it, so this is as close as we got. Oh well George wasn't exactly waiting for us.

The United States Capitol building.

Me and my honey.

Cody, Joshua and Hannah on the National Mall.

My favorite part of the Smithsonian was all the old stuff, well it was a musem and it was all old, but you know what I mean the neat old stuff. These are the original Ked tennis shoes that Timmy wore on Lassie, pretty cool huh?

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine????? Yep, that's Mr. Rogers sweater.

The writing desk that Thomas Jefferson used to pen the Declaration of Independence.

Yep, those famous ruby slippers that Dorothy wore to OZ, I love that show and please don't write me and tell me it has witchcraft in it. Okay! :0)

Oh wow, this is the actual top hat that Lincoln had on when he was shot, how cool is that???

My son Joshua took this picture and though it was an interesting question, see if you can figure it out, the femal "toilet" is on the left. Hmmm

The actualy Apollo landing craft, wow, wow, wow!!!

I have no idea who this is, but he was a pretty cool looking guys, so we took his pic. If you know, please let me know, thanks!

Okay this is my favorite picture of all the ones I took. We walked around the corner and we were in the Insect area. They had all kinds of insects you could hold, including 4 inch cock roaches. What was funny is that the section was funded by Orkin, you know the folks who make it their buisness to kill insects. He He He!!!
This angered me along with pretty much at least 75% of all I saw at the Smithsonian. This sign was in the animal area and let me guarantee you that NONE of my reletives were there.
The devil has really thought this thing out. If he can convince the world that we came from animals then they can easily say that since we weren't born from Adam we don't have a sin nature and without sin, who needs a Savior. Man that devil is sly.
Just a picture of the foyer of the Smithsonian.

I just thought this was a really cool picture, those are my boys.

Okay I know this picture isn't so clear but I want to put it on my wish list for anyone who has any extra money lying around and wants to be a blessing to a missionary wife. :o)
This is the 42 kt Hope diamond.

My Hannah girl.

The Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

The Smithsonian Information Castle, oh yea and my kids down there.


  1. Those were wonderful pictures. What a wonderful time you must have had.

    As far as the Hope Diamond is concerned.....keep hoping! And just hold out for Heaven, the Hope Diamond will look very small in comparison to what awaits us there!!!!! :)

    And about the Wizard of, had to giggle at your comment.


  2. Looks like a great time! I got to go to DC on my senior trip (many moons ago), and the Smithsonian was my favorite. I also liked Ford's Theater and the house across the street where they took Lincoln. Don't you just love all the things missionary kids get to do while they travel?!!

  3. Kristi,
    I guess I'll just have to wait for that crystal sea in heaven, what would I have worn that hope diamond with anyhow????

    It is pretty cool that God allows us to have fun while serving Him. Sometimes we see so much that we don't get excited anymore, hmm, gonna have to work on that one. :0)

  4. Ooh, what great photos! Even though y'all didn't get to do all you wanted to, it looks like a great time! I've never been to D.C.
    My son would LOVE the desk and pen that Thomas Jefferson used!

    ~ Christina

  5. You were SOOOO close to where I live Tori!! :-( 36 miles away and we could have been sight seeing together!!


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