Sunday, May 2, 2010

20th Anniversary!

Noble playing "Dark Horse" at the talent show at the high school.
As soon as we got off the plane, there was Michelle clapping that we had arrived. As you can see,...her cardboard of a husband is behind her.

Sara Palin was there to say "Hello" too.

Couldn't resist taking a picture of a Washington, D.C. plate. Notice the "taxation without representation"?
Todd and the White House. Boy they don't let you get very close and we would have to write our senator to get permission for a tour on the inside of the White House.
As close as my zoom lens could take us.
Trying to put our automatic shutter on and holding the camera. I was telling Todd, "smile" and he is saying "I don't think it is going to work". My head was right in front of the Lincoln Memorial I was trying to picture.
Todd with the Lincoln Memorial. You can see a high school band playing beautiful patriotic peices at the end of the reflection pool.
I am showing you how big the Washington Monument is at the other end of the mall.
The Lincoln stature was so impressive and so very large. It was a beautiful tribute. Downstairs it showed pictures of Martin Luther King where he made his "I have a dream" speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Todd said "It might take this country that long to get used to Obamacare." He was talking about the years from Lincoln to equal rights for all. I was filled with such deep appreciation for our country when I heard the patriotic music and saw the impressive Lincoln statue.
The highschool band laid out all of their instruments on the grass and had a picnic lunch under the trees by the reflecting pool.
The World War II monument was very beautiful with all of the states surrounding the fountains. We found Nevada.We went to the Smithsonian Museums and this was the sculpture garden. This is a massive spider.
This tree was about 20 feet high and made of aluminum.
This marble sculpture was intricate and fine. The marble book had individualized pages. I said to the museum helper , "Oh yes! Everytime I read a book I expose one breast." Without skipping a beat he said "Yes and notice the intricacy of her necklace." The sculptures were all done in the 15th century.
This looks like it could be George Washington, but it just said "Man facing a storm. This was a bronze about 18" high. I love how the horse is bowed and the cape is flying behind.
This was my favorite piece. It was called "The Adoration of the Shepherds". I loved that even the cow and donkey are adoring the Christ Child. This artwork was about 4 feet tall.
This is the bed that Lincoln died in. It is a little house across from the Ford theater where he was shot. They took him to the house across the street and he died the following morning. This room was so tiny that Todd and I's 4 poster log bed would not fit in this room.
This was the room Lincoln's wife waited in.

A silly rendition of Manny and friends for the talent show while the judges tallied the finals.

Well Todd and I were married for 20 years on April 29th. I arranged for us to fly to Washington, D.C. Todd had been there years before and wanted me to see it. I was so thrilled to find a good deal. We enjoyed the beautiful sights, history and weather. Everyone was so kind and answered our questions. We tried to find a nice restaurant for dinner on Friday night and a kind cab driver had us follow him about 7 miles to this wonderful conglomeration of restaurants. We chose a little steak place called M&S and it was probably the finest meal that Todd and I have ever eaten. What a wonderful memory of a kind cab driver.

The next day our plane did not leave until mid afternoon so we traveled to the temple. It was wonderful to see and do a few sealings. I loved the style and it reminded me of the Portland one and the LA one a bit.

Kalene, Cody and Carson came this weekend too. It was sad that we had already planned to go to D.C. but wonderful that they could stay at our home and attend Bill's Baby Boy's First Birthday. (Say that 3 times fast.) We loved having them and the kids hated to see them go because they were so fun. Alas Todd and I only saw them for a few hours before we flew out and when we arrived back home.


Darcy said...

you crack me up! Looks like you guys had fun. Someday I'm going there too!!

Summer said...

Looks like a very memorble trip. Luke surprised me today and told me that we are going to the Vancouver Temple to celebrate our Anniversary this weekend. So excited.

walkinourshoes said...

Wow! Sounds like fun times.

Breck, Celest, Tayzia, Talon, Kallie, and Jackson Rice said...

Looks like fun! I am glad you got to escape for your anniversary. Congrats on 20 eventful years together! I love you both!