This past weekend the kids and I traveled up to Washington DC to spend some time with Aunt Lynn, Uncle Ed, and "Aunt" Jennie. (Note to "Aunt" Annie -- You were missed dearly!) Jack, along with every other boy his age, has an obsession with dinosaurs. So I thought it would make a fun trip to take him to see the real thing at the Natural History Museum. After an uneventful drive up on Friday afternoon, we woke up Saturday to scattered showers and clouds. But, undeterred, Jack, Jennie and I headed off to catch the subway to the museum where we met up with Uncle Ed. Jack LOVED the subway and if you ask him today what his favorite part of the whole trip was he'll say riding the "underground train" (aka: the subway)! The Natural History Museum was very crowded so I'm glad that Aunt Lynn volunteered to stay at home with the twins....people were having trouble maneuvering single strollers so I don't even want to think about the trouble we'd have had with the double-wide!! Jack was surprisingly hesitant about checking out all the dinosaur skeletons and only reluctantly ventured into that portion of the dinosaur exhibit. I think the actual massive size of the bones caught him off guard and may have scared him a little. But we checked out some other fossils, watched a paleontologist dust off a real T-rex bone, and then ate lunch in the museum's main cafe. Now, the day prior, Uncle Ed discovered in the paper that the new hit PBS kids' show "Dinosaur Train" was going to have a special showing of a never-before-seen episode at the museum followed by a live appearance by the show's cool paleontologist "Dr. Scott." Jack also LOVES this show and we have seen every episode many, many times so when we told him that Dinosaur Train would be at the museum he could hardly contain himself. We came to discover that it was an RSVP event but were able to snag wait list wrist bands which would get us into the show if there were enough no-shows from those who had RSVP'd. After lunch and while waiting for the Dinosaur Train showing, we had the treat of experiencing the butterfly pavilion (thank you Uncle Ed!). This is a fantastic enclosed butterfly habitat where literally hundreds of the most beautiful butterflies you have ever seen are just fluttering around you! It's a climate controlled environment filled with gorgeous tropical flowers and fruit all for optimum butterfly enjoyment. It was truly fascinating to watch them and observe them up close! Finally, we made our way to the auditorium and as luck would have it we were able to get into the Dinosaur Train show!! Jack had a ball watching the newest show live on the big screen and seeing Dr. Scott in real life! What a treat!! We also checked out the Hope Diamond but Jack was largely unimpressed with that display. :-) Jack wanted to ride the subway home and of course by this time it was pouring rain so we got a little wet on the way home, but otherwise it was a great day!
Sunday, we had an early lunch and then packed everybody up for a trip to the National Zoo. It was a beautiful day with temps in the mid-60s and plenty of sunshine to accentuate the stunning fall colors...I think DC had just hit its leaf peak! I always forget too that all the museums and the zoo are FREE! You can't beat it!! The zoo was much less crowded so we were able to meander all around without any problems. The twins spent the entire afternoon in the stroller but never even so much as made a peep. I think they too enjoyed being outside on such a great day checking out all the amazing animals.
Monday morning we, sadly, headed home but had a speedy and again, thankfully, uneventful drive home. We had such a wonderful visit and although we came home tired, it was a good tired - one that comes from spending time exploring a fantastic city with our family. :-)
Immediately upon our arrival, the twins made a break for the stairs and managed to get pretty high up! Too bad they still have no idea how to get back down.
Jack on the subway...his new favorite thing!
The one and only picture I could get of Jack with the dinosaur skeletons (this is Stegosaurus....one of the smallest on display and I guess less threatening).
Checking out the butterfly guide in the hopes of identifying a few.
First of MANY butterfly pics...sorry! But they were spectacular!!
Dr. Scott the paleontologist!!! In real life!!!!
The twins wreaking havoc on Aunt Lynn & Uncle Ed's house.
Checking out the rain.
Try as he might, Matthew could not get the freezer door open. So he resorted to eating the handle instead.
At the zoo! They were all decorated for their annual Boo at the Zoo event.
and bears...Oh My!!
Jack entertaining the twins at the zoo as he so loves to do!
These are NOT fake leaves....see what I mean about fantastic color!!
Yay for the zoo and a beautiful fall day!!!