Hello Beautiful Momma,
This week my family took a 5-hour voyage to Washington D.C. with our three kids and my mom who was visiting from the west coast. It was a memorable trip for the six of us and a powerful history lesson for my boys to help wrap up our homeschool year.
First off, I think spring is the absolute best time of the year to go there. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot. If you go on the weekend street-parking is free. Secondly, walking. Lots of walking. We averaged 5 miles of sight-seeing by foot. I think the kids were too distracted by all the different views to notice how much they actually walked. Towards the end of the excursion our 8-year-old did start complaining about his feet being tired so we jokingly offered him his little sister’s stroller.
Washington D.C. is really beautiful and all the architecture is very grand. Lush greenery is seen everywhere you look and the whole town is in bloom. The grassy main park reminded me slightly of Central Park in NYC, but much cleaner and with more open space. There were families sitting down having picnics and kids playing ball. Honestly, It didn’t feel like a fast-paced town even though there are so many important events happening there and tourists to be seen. It’s much more slower-paced than NY. The countless food carts and people selling t-shirts on the main streets also reminded me a bit of New York City but on a smaller scale. Bottom line: If you have to choose between the two – definitely go to D.C.
Here’s a list of the sights we chose to visit:
U. S. Capitol Building
U. S. Botanic Garden
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (Did you know all Smithsonian museums on East Coast are free? Always free admission. Best museums in the country).
The White House
The National Mall (walked its entire length)
It’s hard to pick a favorite place because all of it is so rich in history and different cultures. I thought the Botanic Garden was great (I love plants) and I loved seeing the tall peak of The Washington Monument with the sun slowly setting and the trees reflecting off the water.
Visiting the Lincoln Memorial was definitely worth the long walk as well. It’s interesting how the most hated presidents of society, were historically among the most powerful presidents who made lasting change for the people of this country. The older I get, the more I appreciate and value history. Like my husband says, “History doesn’t lie. It gives facts.”
Seeing these sights also made me realize that behind every person is a story, and some of it is often untold. I am also constantly reminded that every one of these powerful people had mothers who once helped shape them into who they were. Mothers are often the hidden heroes behind these great stories of bravery and overcoming. Someone invested in this person when they were a child. Usually, it was a mother. (Fathers too…but since this is a mom blog, I’m focusing on motherhood).
Even if your labor doesn’t earn a bronze statue in the middle of D.C., be rest assured you are doing the most important of work.
Who knows who your son / daughter will become one day. All of those little mom-life moments that happen day-to-day…all the effort, the struggles. It is worth it. You are shaping a future successful adult with an enormous potential to change the world.
A man or woman of God. Even if you aren’t seeing it yet.
Don’t let the enemy fool you into thinking you are not doing enough. Or that your work is unimportant.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
– Abraham Lincoln U.S. President
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all of my life. – Abraham Lincoln U.S. President.
There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness. The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital, I have made my way.
– Andrew Jackson U.S. President
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother, I attribute all of my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. – George Washington U.S. President.