Scenes From DC | Part II

The Smithsonian: American History Museum

 Could you imagine vacuuming with this ladies!?

Just so you know, I would have totally pimped that Winnebago for this trip.  My kids were so squished in our backseat, it was ridiculous

The Smithsonian was by far my favorite spot.  My favorite exhibit was the Star Spangled Banner.  That flag is HUGE!  To put it in perspective, if your bedroom is 10X12, then imagine three bedrooms and that would be the size of the flag.  I wish I could have taken pictures, but they don’t allow it. 🙁  
I wish I could have taken more photos in general, but it was REALLY hard for me to take any pictures, let alone a “good” picture.  If you have a husband who doesn’t want to wait while you take photos and you’re constantly chasing after children, then you know that sometimes you just have to click fast and call it a day.  Plus, I didn’t exactly have the right lens for the pictures I was wanting to take. One day I will buckle and finally purchase them.

Annnnnnd….in true Luscomb family fashion, when we finally made it home after battling the blizzard that rolled through the entire state of VA, we realized that we had locked ourselves out of the house.  Yep.  We locked ourselves out of the house.  After a few freak out moments and pointing the finger at each other, “this is your fault!”, the hubs hoisted himself onto the roof, climbed through the window and broke the blinds.  

Ahhhh….memories.

If you find yourself planning a trip to D.C., I want to offer a few tips. 

Tips:
  • Use the metro!  The metro train will drop you off right at The Smithsonian.  The train system was easy to navigate, and the only help we needed was purchasing the tickets using the kiosk.  
  • Find a map.  You’ll need it.
  • Wear the most comfortable shoes you own.  The amount of walking you will do is exhausting.  I was actually jealous of the people taking the Segway tours! LOL.  
  • If you have small kids, take a stroller.  Even the older kids will be tired.
  • Bring snacks and plenty of water.  There were not any places to find drinks or food except for the museum.  
           If you eat at the museum, plan on spending a fortune.   
           We purchased
2 sandwiches, apple, 1 bag of chips, 1 hotdog, cheese curds, 1 water, 2 chocolate milks, fountain drink. 
And it cost us $44
  • We purchased the rest of our food from Groupon and Restaurants.com  It is expensive to eat out with a family of five and I really couldn’t find many family restaurants that was close to our hotel. Do some research before you leave.
  • Make sure your hotel offers a shuttle to the train station. 

Scenes From DC | Part 1

Bubba, the kids, and I quietly sneaked a spontaneous trip to Washington, DC last week for two days.  
I’m serious when I say spontaneous.  
Bubba came home from work Sunday night and I said we are going to DC tomorrow, and he said, “awesome” and the rest, as they say, is history.
I chose Washington, D.C. because 1) I’ve always wanted to visit and 2) everything is FREE!  

This trip was exactly what we all needed, too.  Do you ever feel like you just need a breather from your day to day routine?  A break from your own backyard?  A chance to have someone else make your bed, prepare your meals?  I know we did.  We haven’t had a getaway in a year and a half!  So to us, this was exactly what the doctor ordered.  Some of you would probably say we are nuts to take two babies on a trip like that, and I totally get why you think that.  The kids were cranky, they screamed, tried to run off into crowds or streets, and they made public embarrassing scenes with their bodily functions.  However, if I stayed at home because I knew my kids would behave like the toddlers that they are, then I would be stuck inside my four walls for many years, and I don’t want that.  

I’ll leave my Washington, D.C. tips and closing thoughts on part II.