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Cheery Blossom Pictures

Hey folks! Just wanted to put up some more beautiful pictures of the cherry blossom! Have a super week!

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Tom the Tiger goes to the Aquarium

Hey Kids! How are you? I am doing great! I am having a great time here in Washington DC this week.  Before I tell you about what I got to do this week, I want to answer Jamie’s questions about what the Secret Service policemen look like. Here they are!

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These are the secret service men who protect the driveway to the White House.They were nice enough to talk to me about how much they love their job. 

So, guess what I got to do this week? I got to go to the National Aquarium! I got to see all kinds of cool things and I want to share them with you.  The National Aquarium is a big building that is underground.  Inside the building there are all kinds of animals that you would find in the ocean, rivers and lakes all around the world. We took a bunch of pictures so I am going to show them to you and explain them as I go!

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This is a spotted sting ray. It lives in the ocean around islands, especially in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.  Even though the name Sting Ray sounds scary, they are actually harmless.

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This is a coral reef, a place where lots of fish live in the ocean. The coral reef is actually a living organism that has thousands of tiny animals living all throughout.

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This is a picture of me with the fish from finding Nemo, or at least with Dori from finding Nemo!

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This is a picture of a starfish, in the background, and an anemone, at front, both animals that live in the ocean.  An anemone is special because fish can live inside it and around it for protection.

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This is a Lion Fish. Can you guess why they call it that?

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This is a picture of a fish you might find in the Caribbean Sea.

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Have you ever heard of a puffer fish? Well this is what a puffer fish looks like when is puffs up. normally a puffer fish is small. But it can make itself big, or puffed up, in order to scare away predators, or fish that want to eat it. 

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This is a special animal called a Nautilus. The Nautilus is an animal that lives in a shell and swims by using its tentacles.  It will live in one single shell until it dies, and then shed its shell for people to collect.

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This is a Tiger shark. He was kind of hiding in the corner, but you can still see him. Can you guess why he is called a Tiger shark?

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This is a Snapping Turtle. You can find these types of turtles in rivers and lakes near our town!

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And speaking of turtles these are all pictures of baby sea turtles, just like Crush and Squirt in Finding Nemo! The National Aquarium has a program, kind of like a school, where they house baby sea turtles until they are big enough and smart enough to go back into the ocean.  Right now they have three baby sea turtles.

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Jellyfish! Even though they look harmless, Jellyfish can be very harmful if you step on them or get stung by them in the ocean.

Finally, these last pictures are things you might find in or around rivers instead of the ocean.

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That’s an albino alligator. They live in swamps and are very rare because there are not many of them left in the world.  Because they are bright white, they cannot blend into their surroundings and so it is easier for predators to find them. 

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This is a green tree boa constrictor, a snake that lives in the Amazon.  They are very dangerous and usually hard to find because they look like the trees they live in.

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And finally, can you find the frog? Here’s a hint he has yellow eyes. He lives in the Amazon too.

Well that we my trip to the national Aquarium. I hope you liked all of the pictures! Hope you all have a great week, and remember if you have any questions, just ask!

 

 

 

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Family and Friends- the beauty of Washington DC

Hey folks! So today as I rode on the metro headed out to take pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms that have suddenly burst forth in our lovely city, I was struck by several things.  Among these was the fact that we are surrounded by beauty in our new surroundings, and not just necessarily the beauty of the city and the monuments, but beauty of a different kind. The beauty I am talking about is the fact that everyday as I walk through the streets I am surrounded by a barrage of cultures, races and diversity that is a continual example of how wonderful God made our world. I get to talk to random people on the train everyday and wave at complete strangers (thanks for the quality Mom!) that I pass on my wanderings, and these people happily and almost eagerly talk and wave back.  I have had some truly incredible conversations in these last few days.  One of the ones that comes most readily to mind is a conversation that I had with my seat mate on the train just two days ago.  You see, I was hungry for some good Christian fellowship and discussion (we have yet to find a church we can reach by Metro). This vivacious and talkative woman sits next to me on the train, despite the fact that I was sweaty from walking all day, and she immediately says ” It’s so nice to meet you.  Do you know Jesus?” Talk about a God thing.  We talked for our entire train ride about our love for Jesus and our similarities.  It turned out she was here in DC with her children, because her husband, just like Justin, had been moved here  for a few months. She had even lived in Memphis for a time!  That one experience made my whole day, and reinforced the wonderfulness of God’s connecting us all. 

All that to say we are still loving our time here.  TO keep myself from rambling any further, I will get to what you really want and post some pictures!

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The cherry blossoms in bloom

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Close up!

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In front of the White House.(Notice the fountain dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day)

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A view from Arlington Cemetery.

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Justin in front of the Old Post Office- This building is by far one of our favorites so far! It was beautiful and had a tower where you could see the whole of DC. As seen here-

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Well folks, that’s all for now! Hopefully we will have more “us” pictures next time, if I can convince my hubby to take a few pictures! Love you all!

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3 Special Places- Tom the Tiger

Hey Kids! It’s Tom the Tiger! I wanted to send you a few fun pictures and tell you about 3 special places I got to go to this weekend. First of all, here is a picture of what it looks like when I travel with Mrs. Sarah.

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We took that picture while waiting for the Metro, or the underground train. I have my own backpack that I ride in and Mrs. Sarah carries me around everywhere. Its so fun! This past week we went to see three of Washington DC’s most popular monuments.  The word monument is just another way to say that a building or place is special for some reason.  Most of the places in Washington DC are special because they are a part of history.  The first place we went to see was the Washington Monument. It was so tall that I had to sit on Mrs. Sarah’s head to see the top! This monument is special because it was built to honor the first president of the United States. His name was George Washington.  I wanted to go inside the big monument but Mrs. Sarah said it was no longer safe because of an earthquake that made some of the pieces of the building fall off.  So we stayed safely on the ground!

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The next building we saw is called “the Castle”.  Its part of the Smithsonian Museums and it has a giant map of Washington DC inside. It was so big, we couldn’t even take a picture of it! This is what the castle looks like.

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The last place we went was the biggest and best of the day. It was the White House! This is the house that the President of the United States lives in.  We couldn’t get very close because the house is surrounded by guards that are part of something called the Secret Service. The Secret Service are special policemen whose only responsibility is to protect the President.  They do a great job! This is as close as we could get to the house.

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I am looking forward to this next week because Mrs. Sarah is going to take me to a tower where you can see the whole city from the top! I am looking forward to it.  Well, I have to go, its dinnertime here and I am hungry!  I will talk to you all soon! Have a great week!

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For Family and Friends

Hello all! Just a quick post to show you a bit of what we are doing here in DC. While Justin is busy working during the week, we are able to go sightseeing and such on the weekends.  Life is truly different living in a hotel in an urban area.  We walk a half mile each Saturday to the grocery store which is oddly underground and in a parking garage.  Instead of driving we take the Metro EVERYWHERE and then walk even more to reach our destinations.  The weather here is fantastic (nearly 80 degrees today!) and we are enjoying it very much.  We are trying to space out our touristy trips so this weekend we decided to only go to a single Smithsonian Museum. Trust me that there are so many we will be able to go to one a weekend and still not see everyone by the time we leave.  We chose the American History Museum this past weekend.  It was amazing, filled with so many different things that I would never had seen if not for coming here.  They included- The Star Spangled Banner (yes the actual flag) Kermit the Frog, the Scarecrows costume from the Wizard of Oz, an entire exhibit dedicated to American war stories, and an unsettling exhibit about Thomas Jefferson’s bible. (Google it and you will be unsettled too) Walking around is a big deal here so we decided to take a short walk around the national mall on Sunday.  Here’s a hint to anyone planning to come up here anytime soon- there is no such thing as a short walk in DC! However we did have a surprise waiting when we got off the Metro at the National mall stop; a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  We watched for awhile, just marveling at the wonder of so many people just sitting around watching a parade.  While there is construction going on at the Mall, there was still plenty to see and we enjoyed walking through the Washington monument, the WW2 Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.  I was continually amazed at the scope of the monuments- they are huge- and at the beauty simple stone can convey.  Anyway, things are still wonderful here and I and hoping they only continue to get better.  Now on to the fun stuff- Pictures!

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Waiting for the Metro-think I am excited?

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The Parade

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At the Smithsonian

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At the WWII Memorial, with the Washington Monument in the background

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The Lincoln Memorial

That’s all for now folks! More to come later and love to all! Justin and Sarah

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My FIrst Museum-Tom the Tiger

Hey Kids! I hope you are having a great week, because I know I am!  I am enjoying my time here in Washington DC. I got to ride on the Metro for the first time on Saturday.  The Metro is a big train that runs underground all around Washington DC.  It looks like this:

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The trains go so fast that they make the air whoosh past your face! This is what it looks like when a train comes into the station:

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This past weekend Mrs. Sarah and I went to the National Museum of American History, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute.  There are so many museums in the Smithsonian Institute that we only had time to go to one.  We got to see so much there!  It was my first time to visit a museum and I was so excited. Mrs. Sarah had to remind me that I could look at everything but I was not allowed to touch anything. Apparently these are the rules in every museum.  I saw so many things.  We saw something called the Star Spangled Banner. Mrs. Sarah told me that it is the flag that inspired our national anthem.  (Ask Ms. Deborah what that is!) I also got to see uniforms from all kinds of different soldiers from different wars.  My favorite thing that I saw was this: Image

These are the original Muppets that Jim Henson made.  I got to meet Kermit the Frog’s Grandpa! Image

That’s him, the fuzzy green one!

I hope that Mrs. Sarah and I get to go to some more museums soon.  I really liked the American History Museum.  Well it is almost time for my nap, so I have to go.  Remember, if you have nay questions, just tell Ms. Deborah and she will tell them to us and we will answer them.  I hope you all have a great day! 

Tom the Tiger and Mrs. Sarah

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For friends and family

Hello all from Washington DC! Well technically Crystal City, but seeing as I can see the Washington monument from our 14th story hotel room, we will call it Washington DC.  Justin and I have both arrived safe and sound and are having a wonderful time.  He loves his new job and is getting along well with everyone he works with.  I fear that after three months he is not going to want to leave!  Our new home is small but wonderful.  We have just what we need and we couldn’t ask for more.  The part of the city we live in is filled with hotels so in a sense I have traded one neighborhood of yards and houses for another of hotels and sidewalk cafes.  I love it. There are plenty of people here as right now there is a law convention going on so most of the hotels are full of young and budding law students.  Its made for some interesting conversations in the elevator.  The weather here is spring like for now, although it did snow last Tuesday.  Lets hope spring will arrive soon so we can continue to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms that are blooming everywhere!  Well, that’s all for now, but I promise to post more interesting things as we continue our journey!  Love to all!

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Hello from Washington, DC!

Hi kids! It’s Tom the Tiger writing to you from my new house in Washington DC. I have already had such a great time.  Yesterday I got to ride on not just one, but 2 airplanes! The first plane was really small. I got to sit right on one of the wings.  This is what it looked like outside of my window:

It was so cloudy that I thought I could walk on the clouds outside my window.  Because it was so cloudy, my airplane hit something called turbulence.  That means that it shook around and twisted a whole lot. I was scared at first but then Mrs. Sarah told me that the pilot had everything under control.  It turned out that he did! After I got off of my first plane, I had to get on another one to get to my new home.  This was my favorite plane ride beacause I got to have a seat all to myself!

My whole trip only took about four hours which is pretty amazing because there are over 850 miles between Memphis and Washington DC.  I have had fun wandering around my new neighborhood the last few days.  Instead of a neighborhood of houses, I live in a neighborhood of hotels! There are over 15 hotels in my new neighborhood so there are always a bunch of new people to meet.  Mrs. Sarah really likes our new apartment and so do I. I will send you a picture of it soon!  Well that’s all for now.  Mrs. Sarah and I are going to go sightseeing this weekend so next week I will tell you all about it!    Have a great week!

Tom the Tiger and Mrs. Sarah

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