When our friends Dave and Micah moved to DC, we knew we were going to have to visit! In college, Dave was Devin’s roommate and Micah was in my Special Education cohort. I ended up setting them up on a blind date after about half a year of persistence; I knew they’d be perfect for each other and have the cutest kids… and now they are married and they do! They were kind enough to let us come and visit us for their first Christmas without family for 7 days, but then we started laughing because both of them separately invited us to stay longer and we ended up being there for New Years too!
What ensued was loads of cooking, playing with toys, sight seeing, and basically staying up until 3 AM most nights playing strategy board games. We laughed until we cried several times, talked about all things church, and seriously wanted to take their kids home at the end! It was fabulous catching up and I sure do hope that the next time one of us ends up moving that we can be a lot closer to each other!
What surprised us most about DC was how everything was pretty much free to visit; this wasn’t something we were expecting AT ALL and it made DC a very cheap vacation for us! We had so much fun hanging out with our friends that we didn’t spend a ton of time sight seeing, but it was very eye opening for us to realize that we need to museum ourselves out before we have small children in our home.
One of my favorite memories from the trip was being in one of the museums on Christmas Eve when it closed and the security guards and random strangers began hugging each other and wishing each other Merry Christmas. It honestly made me start tearing up right there because that is what the holiday is really about.
Here are the places we visited:
- National Archives
- Smithsonian Natural History museum
- Smithsonian American History museum
- National Gallery of Art
- Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art
- The Holocaust Museum
- The Washington Monument
- The World War 2 Memorial
- The Smithsonian Castle
Honestly, my favorite place we toured was the Holocaust museum because the way they simulated things made everything very real. I also really enjoyed the Smithsonian American History museum as it had a rather extensive railroad exhibit and my grandfather was a railroad mechanic.
Our list of places to see next time:
- Arlington Cemetery
- The Botanical Gardens
- Smithsonian Air and Space museum
- The White House
- The Vietnam Memorial
- The Korean War Memorial
- The Lincoln Memorial
We owe a big thanks to Micah, Dave, and their two sweet kids for allowing us to crash their Christmas and New Years; they even allowed us in their family tradition of acting out the nativity (traditionally, the wise men get to have a more fun costume in their family so you can guess what I am by looking at my head 😉 ). We were also able to meet up with friends from high school: Tyson and Brianna with their two sweet kids, Samantha (a blog friend of a few years), as well as my cousin Jamie who had just moved to the DC area that week!
Beyond that, we came home so inspired by our friends and how they juggle church, parenthood, daily routines, and work. We began re-evaluating a lot of the ways we spend time and set up a lot more spiritual goals for our family. This holiday was a huge favorite in our books and we’re grateful to our friends for letting us crash their holidays!