Washington DC Recap

Hello everyone! It’s been ages!  How is everyone’s summer going??

I just got home from my class trip to Washington DC. I can’t even describe how breathtaking everything was. I took lots of pictures, so I’ll let them do the talking!

Day 1

Bus ride to Milwaukee..

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Plane ride…

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Arrive! First thing we headed to Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln got shot.

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Then to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (dinosaurs, sea life, space)

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We went to dinner after this, but I’m going to do a separate post about meals and struggles…

Then to the Lincoln Monument, one of my favorites. It was crazy how big the statue of Lincoln was.

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We didn’t get to go to the Washington Monument because it was under construction, but this makes it look like we did 😉

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Hotel!

Day 2

I actually woke up every single morning and ran 1-2 miles at the gym. I don’t think I would’ve survived without just that little bit.. it helped a lot!

After breakfast we headed to Mount Vernon (George Washington’s plantation).

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That took up quite a chunk of the day. After it was the National Cathedral, another one of my favorite parts. That building is just ginormous. Pretty spectacular.

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And then to the National Zoo to see a panda. It was so cute!

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After dinner we went to a show called Twilight Tattoo. I didn’t really take any pictures, but it is the military band. They have a concert band and also pop singers! The Fife and Drum Corps was really cool too. I think the Twilight Tattoo was my favorite part of the trip. It was also the military’s 238th birthday so the show was really special!

Day 3

Capitol building!

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rainy day… can you tell?

We got a tour of the building. The ceiling… the picture does it no justice. It was so intricate.

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the whole group

After the Capitol was Arlington National Cemetery. That place was pretty emotional. I was just in awe of all the soldiers who have defended our country- over 400,000. I’m actually thinking about going into some form of serving our country. I really might want to.

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We also saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Changing of the Guard, but I didn’t take any pictures of those.

Below: Iwo Jima Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, FDR Memorial.

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Day 4 (last day!)

Picture stop at the White House

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I carried that water bottle around every day

Someday I will go in the White House, I promise.

Then to the Holocaust Museum, my other favorite part of the trip. World War II really interests me and I want to learn more about it.  I didn’t take any pictures but it was really heartbreaking. It just makes me sick to think about the terrible time suffered by all those innocent Jews. It was hard going through there.

Our last stop was the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. I got lazy and didn’t take any pictures 😉 honestly they weren’t my favorite, haha.

We rode the Metro (super cool) back to the airport and left for home! (Well, Green Bay… then a 2 hour bus ride home) And ever since I got home I’ve been neglecting writing a post… I enjoyed my break! There has been some stuff going on that I’ve been itching to tell you though. Also, while I was on my trip, I found out that Sunnie was having a wonderful time in Hawaii- so jealous! Check out her recaps! And Brittany was livin’ it up in the Mediterranean- not fair! It makes my need to visit these places even bigger.

I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go to our nation’s capitol. I think everyone should go to DC some time in their life. We are blessed!

Have you ever been to Washington DC? What was your favorite part?

Hope everyone’s summer is going great- I know mine is! Have a super Friday! 😀

Leigha

WIAW – Simple and Yummy

First of all, a very big Happy Birthday to Sunnie at Modern Girl Nutrition! Hope you’re having a wonderful day, girlie. The big 16! Another wonderful thing- yesterday was the last day of school! No more middle school!! 8th grade recognition recap coming soon 😉

My relationship with food is getting tremendously better. I’m not stressing about when I’m eating or what I’m eating. I’m deciding if I’m hungry or not and then eating if I am. And I feel much happier! Also this summer I’m going to try to space my eating out every couple hours instead of eating 3 big meals a day. It was just so hard to do being on a school schedule.

I haven’t been taking as many pictures of my food either. I’ve even been forgetting! It is so much less stressful. I love it.

Breakfast yesterday- I didn’t even take a picture (and I don’t even remember what I had!) so I’ll show you today’s!

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Waffles with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and bananas. I love waffles.

Lunch yesterday. Ohhh myy goodness.

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A turkey, swiss, pesto, spinach, and tomato panini. This hit.the.spot. Plus some leftover strawberry salad on the side. Definitely the best lunch I’ve had in awhile!

Dinner last night was nothing special, at all. I was going on a bike ride with some friends so I wanted something quick and easy.

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Oatmeal with almond milk and brown sugar added post pic. I’m wondering, have I ever told you how I make my oatmeal? I fill the pot with a little less than a cup of water, once it boils I turn it down to low and add 1/2 cup oats, a mashed banana, and an egg. Cover it, mix a few times (or don’t) and let it cook for 20 minutes, lid optional. Done!

That’s the only way I like oatmeal- so far. It kind of bakes, and you get banana in every bite! Anyone have any oatmeal tips for me?! I’d love to hear them!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the party, and I’m off to an end of the year bonfire! 😀

Happy Birthday Evan!

What a marvelous weekend!

MiMM

On Friday I went to my baby brother’s kindergarten graduation! It made me remember when I did the exact same thing 😉

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Then I went to my basketball team party which had some amazing food.

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caesar salad, mac&cheese, Texas caviar, coleslaw, snickers salad

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DESSERT TABLE

On Saturday I woke up early to meet my very first running group! I was so happy to discover that there’s a running group in my area. They were doing 8 miles but I only did 4 because of what was the next day 😉 They were all so nice, and I will definitely go every Saturday possible.

I quickly packed then left to meet my dad and stepmom to leave for Green Bay! We were going because my little brother turned 7 on Sunday. On the way down we stopped at Cousins Subs (my first time there) and I was very pleased.

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We got there and headed to the National Railroad Museum. It was really neat, I learned a lot! Someday I want to go on a train ride. That would be so fun!

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Then we went to Chuck E. Cheese. It was kind of weird. I used to have such a fun time there.. but I was kind of bored.

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And then to dinner. I was starving! We went to Applebee’s. I ordered Chicken Broccoli Alfredo minus chicken extra broccoli.

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It was delicious. And hot, I had to wait at least 5 minutes to eat it. Really hot.

Back to the hotel and some relaxing before bed! I was drained. I slept really well and was wide awake the next morning when I woke up for the 10k!

This was my first 10k ever (automatic PR 😉 ) so I was super excited! I had my toast with pb and banana then dad and I left for the race. It was freezing (48 degrees) and I didn’t bring anything but shorts so I would have to survive.

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me and another kid racing at the end (I won)

I ended up with a 45:25. I was very pleased with that time! I won my age group and was 12th overall.

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This race was organized so well. I’d definitely do it again. Actually, I’d’ like to do the triathlon that was going on at the same time. I couldn’t this year because I haven’t trained for one and wasn’t prepared at all. That was the major event. The 5k/10k was a side thing.

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After the race they had a beautiful array of food. I have never been to a race that had pancakes and waffles. Now that is awesome. You bet I had about 3 plates. And they had massages- score!!

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And then we all headed to the zoo. The NEW Zoo, to be exact. I feel like all zoo’s are the same, haha. It was neat, but I was pretty slow getting around. I liked sitting down.

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And then we headed home. I napped the whole two hours. I literally dreamed about ice cream so when we got home I had to get some.

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hot fudge, banana, nuts

I think ice cream is becoming its own food group. I’m okay with that.. 😉

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On a sad note, my next year cross country coach got in a car accident this weekend and broke his sternum. He’s going to be okay, but I can’t imagine how this will affect his running. Please pray for him. ❤

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So, my weekend in a nutshell! Of course a little bit more happened than this, but you don’t need to know every bit and piece. You’d get pretty bored 😉

What is the coolest museum you’ve ever been to?

What is your favorite sub shop? Favorite zoo animal?

Mountain lion or zebra.

Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday! I’m off to 8th Grade Recognition 😀