Washington D.C: Hooray for Books! and Fireworks

So, for this one, we actually stayed in Maryland, had the event in Alexandria, Virginia and spent the day in D.C.

As soon as we parked the fifth wheel, we loaded up and went to Hooray for Books!

We got up early the next day for our day in D.C. Zach was pumped about seeing the fireworks, but I wasn't as sure about it. I didn't know how the kids would do being out all day with all the walking and crowds. Also, I didn't know how I would do all day (with the walking and the crowds). But, I'm happy to say we all enjoyed it. We took the MET in to D.C., visited several museums, saw a parade, went to the monuments, and loved the fireworks.

 Rowyn and I waiting for the MET.  (I didn't realize the people in the background were in the photo until I posted it, but we rode the MET with them and shared jokes for the entire ride. Might be one of my favorite memories from this trip.)

Rowyn and I waiting for the MET.

(I didn't realize the people in the background were in the photo until I posted it, but we rode the MET with them and shared jokes for the entire ride. Might be one of my favorite memories from this trip.)

 When we got there, we walked by somebody giving a speech. To paraphrase, she said we should not give in to pessimism; instead we should work together. Loved talking about what this meant with the kids.

When we got there, we walked by somebody giving a speech. To paraphrase, she said we should not give in to pessimism; instead we should work together. Loved talking about what this meant with the kids.

 We visited the Natural History Museum. That was a big elephant.

We visited the Natural History Museum. That was a big elephant.

 The kids posing with the Hope Diamond. I told the kids this was at the top of my wish list for my birthday.

The kids posing with the Hope Diamond. I told the kids this was at the top of my wish list for my birthday.

 When we walked out of the Natural History Museum, there was a parade. (It was pretty good, but it can't beat the one in our neighborhood.)

When we walked out of the Natural History Museum, there was a parade. (It was pretty good, but it can't beat the one in our neighborhood.)

 Zach and I in front of the Washington Monument.

Zach and I in front of the Washington Monument.

 We went to the Air and Space Museum. The kids saw a real space suit.

We went to the Air and Space Museum. The kids saw a real space suit.

 We got to learn about a real space suit glove. I asked how the astronauts went to the bathroom when they were wearing the space suit. (Everybody was thinking it!) We were showed the diaper-type undies they wear during space walks. I tried to get some for the long-distance travel, but for some reason they wouldn't sell them to me.

We got to learn about a real space suit glove. I asked how the astronauts went to the bathroom when they were wearing the space suit. (Everybody was thinking it!) We were showed the diaper-type undies they wear during space walks. I tried to get some for the long-distance travel, but for some reason they wouldn't sell them to me.

 My favorite part was when we rented bikes. This meant we got to make it to several monuments. Here the kids are posing with Mr. Lincoln.

My favorite part was when we rented bikes. This meant we got to make it to several monuments. Here the kids are posing with Mr. Lincoln.

 I didn't know if we could do it, but the goal was to make it through the fireworks. The kids (and Zach and I) did it.

I didn't know if we could do it, but the goal was to make it through the fireworks. The kids (and Zach and I) did it.

 Totally worth it!

Totally worth it!