Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Vacation Recap-- Part 1 of Who Knows How Many !!

I was not joking when I said I plan to do nothing but lay around tonight and catch up on blogging and organizing my digital photos. Right now I am set up in my room doing this.....

I am so thankful for my sequential pump. It acts like a massage and helps my circulation. I truly do thank God for it. It is through HIS provision I have this piece of equipment. Thank You Lord!!!

I have absolutely no complaints or regrets on any part of our trip including the airports. Everything went very smoothly for us. One really neat thing happened while we were waiting to board our flight in OKC. We ran into the wife of our former music minister. He left Emmaus a few years ago to pastor a church in our area and now they are moving to the Seattle area to pastor a new mission there. They have adopted 3 children from Korea. Our friends, Jeron & Kristine, and us wanted to meet with the McCains before they moved away to discuss and hear their adoption journey but time ran out. I thought it absolutely God that we ran into his wife at the airport and they were on our flight to DFW. God is an great God!!!

Our first full day of "vacation" was spent in Washington DC on July 2nd. Our mode of transportation on this day was....

We loved riding the Marlyland train (MARC) and the Washington subway (Metro). It was a neat experience and not too terribly scary. I thought the flag outside of Union Station in DC were pretty and patriotic.

Our agenda for this day was to see the capital building and the National Archives. Due to the no flash rule in the National Archives, my pictures did not turn out too good. It was a little sad viewing the Declaration of Independence. Due to the lack of preservation when it was initially written, the Declaration has faded tremendously over the years. We could barely read some of the signatures.

We had someone take our picture in front of the capital building but I'm not sure you can even see us very clearly. It was a little funny. The gentleman who took our picture kept insisting he take another and another until we finally said "Thank you, that's enough!"

Here are some pictures inside the capital. We loved the tour and the intern for the OK representative was great. He went to school at OU and lived in Norman. In this next picture I am standing on what was originally the center of Washington DC under the capital building. The star marked the spot.

Looking up into the dome of the capital. This next picture is zooming in on the painting of George Washington on the capital dome.Seeing the dome was absolutely amazing and fascinating! The painting in the background of the next picture is one of my favorites. However, John Adams felt the picture was untrue and did not accurately portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He said at the time of the signing not everyone was there at the same time. I still like it nonetheless!!This next photo was taken on part of a balcony/flower garden area on the capital prior to entering a spot to tour the House Chamber.

Our guide took this picture of Bryan and I on the backside of the capital.

10 comments:

Leigh Ann said...

Wow! Those pictures are amazing! I'm so glad you had a great time.

Brooklyn said...

i'm so glad you are back! i can't wait to hear all about it, even if it is just bits at a time. maybe someday this week or next you guys can come over for dinner. sorry i didn't have more time to visit today. hope your leg gets to feeling better.

Melissa said...

thanks for the pictures!! that's crazy you and betsy were there at the same time! glad everything worked out with the pump and your leg didn't bother you too much! keep the pictures coming!!

Kim said...

You look like you had a wonderful time! I am looking forward to more pictures! I checked your blog every day (sometimes more than once) and was so excited to log on today and see a new post!!

Heather said...

You are too cute!! I am so excited to see your updates. I have really missed you a lot! I can't wait to hear more about your trip. Did you get to see Thomas Jefferson up close, and if so, did you get to ask him where the fountain of youth was ;)

Megan said...

Love the pictures. Looks like it was a great time. Aren't vacations so great? Sometimes it is so great just to get away from the 'normal' everyday stuff. Can't wait to hear more of your vacation stories!

valerie said...

I love seeing all of the pictures and hearing the details. I feel like I'm right there with you.
I'd love to go back someday.
Looking forward to see what tomorrow's post will bring. :)

Laura said...

What neat pictures!! I had no idea that the dome of the capital building was painted inside!! It's beautiful!

Thanks for sharing your pictures! I look forward to the rest of the "trip."

Megan L Hutchings said...

What GREAT pics! Web and I hope to take Vance there someday! It seems like such a fabulous place with so much history!

Angela said...

Oh, wow! I've been all those places. Isn't it amazing? It feels like there are REALLY things going on there, doesn't it? I loved the Metro...it wasn't scary at all.