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A quick report

Hey folks! There isn’t much to update here other than our continuing good time.  It seems that the time has flown by and I cannot believe we only have a month and a week left in DC.  We have both been so blessed being here, Justin in his job and me in the ability to relax and rejuvenate.  It has become our routine to venture out on weekends and simply end up wherever we end up.  Thankfully, my husband has a fantastic sense of direction so we rarely get lost!  Last weekend we had the privilege to visit the National Archives.  It’s one of the more traditionally beautiful buildings we have seen and seems to get overlooked by many tourists. 

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Photos inside the Archives are forbidden but if you have ever seen the first National Treasure movie, just remember the scene where they have the party at the very beginning of the movie.  That is where we were, looking at the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  It was very cool!

It seems like we stumble upon the niftiest things whenever we don’t plan to go anywhere.  This was true of this past weekend when we went to Georgetown after dinner.  To understand the uniqueness of Georgetown its best to understand that the town is not named after George Washington as many assume, but after King George. It’s that old! We saw buildings and architecture that has been around since the early 1700’s.

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A very old church

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A view of Georgetown University

Living in DC provides for some unique experiences of its own.  Anyone paying attention to the news the last few weeks will have seen that the shuttle made its final “fight” to its new home here in DC.  The plane carrying the retired shuttle happened to fly over Downtown DC about four times and we were able to see the monumental event first hand. Nearly everyone here in DC was out on the street and on rooftops for the flyovers, so it was almost like a holiday. Here are some pictures we took of the flight. 

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So living in DC has its up and downs.  Since we are staying in a hotel for the duration of our time here, I don;t have to clean or do any other normal wife like chores.  However, being without a car and completely reliant on Flintstones transportation, aka our feet, pesky little things like rain tend to keep us pinned in the hotel.  As a result of said rain we don’t have any fun stories from this past weekend.  Pray that the rain lets up soon so I can get back to my regular routine and Justin doesn’t have to go to work in the rain! 

Also If i can indulge, please continue to keep our hopes for a family in your prayers.  We are always thinking that this day will be the day when we will get the call telling us we will be parents.  The waiting for our child gets harder, the more time that goes by, and we would appreciate all of the prayers as we continue to walk this journey.  It helps to be on this DC adventure, but as it gets closer to the end, we look forward to our next adventure that will hopefully be parenthood! 

We will be traveling to New York in the next few days so look forward to a  fun filled post next week!  Love you all!

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Tom Goes to the Natural History Museum

Hey kids! Are you having a good week this week? I know I am! Even though there has been some rain here this week, Mrs. Sarah still took me to our surprise location.  We went to another awesome museum!! This time we visited a place called the Natural History Museum.  This museum is special because it focuses on the history of things found in the natural world.  There are special rooms in the museum where you can see ancient animals, things from the ocean, and even dinosaur bones! Mrs. Sarah told me that you had all studied dinosaurs earlier this year, so we took some pictures of the dinosaur fossils in the museum to show you what real fossils look like.

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This is a Diplodochus fossil.

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Can you name this dinosaur? Here’s a hint, its NOT a Triceratops.

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This is a T-Rex fossil.

One of the rooms in the museum has different animals from all over the world that you may not get to see in real life. The animals are no longer alive, but they are real.  The scientists at the museum study the animals and when they die, they preserve them for the museum.  Here are some of the animals we saw.

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This is a Walrus.  Walrus’ are difficult to see in the wold because they live so far away from people.  They are also dangerous because of their big tusks.

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This is a warthog.  They live in Africa and are difficult to see because of their coats. They blend into their surroundings.

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This is a picture of a real tiger, just like me!

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This is a rhinoceros.  They have big horns on the front of their faces that are made up of hair!

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This is a moose. They are so big that they make horses look small.

There is another room in the museum where there are all kinds of sea animals.  One of the things you can see in this room is a life size blue whale.  It hangs from the ceiling.  See if you can find it in this picture.

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Anther thing I saw was a giant African elephant. I got to see how big an elephant is compared to me, and I learned that elephants have been around for a long time. How long do you think elephants have been around? Do you think they were here when dinosaurs were here?

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In this picture I am sitting next to an elephants leg bone.  Do you see how tall the elephant is in comparison to me!

Another room in there are scientists who study bones.  There are skeletons and bones from humans and animals from more than a hundred and even a thousand years ago!

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This is the jaw bone of a great white shark.  They have such a big mouth that they can swallow some fish whole.

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This is a skeleton of a sea turtle. Can you see how his shell is actually made of bone?

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Can you guess what kind of animal this skeleton is from?

We saw so many things in the museum: butterflies, mummies, giant diamonds, photos from around the world, and even a big snake! We had such a fun time and might even get to go back soon.  Next week we are going to meet some people who live here in this city.  We will share their stories and pictures after we meet them.  Mrs. Deborah told me you are all practicing for graduation! Mrs. Sarah and I want you all to do a great job, so keep up the practice!! We miss you and love you all! 

 

 

 

 

 

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My new favorite place in DC and a unique Easter experience.

Hello family and friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend and is enjoying the more spring like weather we all seem to be having.  Justin and I are loving the weather here in DC. It feels more like spring everyday.  Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us as we have been up here.  We can definitely feel God working on our lives in different ways.  For one, we were able to find an Easter service to attend this past weekend.  We went to the basilica at Catholic University, which is one of the largest basilicas in the US.  There were so many people attending the mass that we had to stand for the entire two hour service.  It was worth it though as we were able to see how an Easter mass is conducted. We loved the experience, although it was quite different from what we are used to.  We were reminded of the majesty and wonder of our God while standing in this beautiful basilica listening to deafeningly beautiful organ music and watching the ceremonies associated with mass. It was beautiful and awesome at the same time.

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The nuns at the service.

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The amazing organ that took up the entire back wall.

After the service we did the typical Easter thing and took some pictures.

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On another note, I have found a new favorite place in Washington DC.  Monday was such a beautiful day here weather wise that I decided to venture out into the city, searching for something to do outside. I found the National Botanic Garden. Needless to say, the place is absolutely beautiful in so many ways.  Not only are there plants, flowers, and genus’ of every kind in the gardens, the place itself is so peaceful and welcoming that I found it to be a kind of sanctuary. I took about a million pictures and am going to use the rest of the post sharing these beautiful photos, fledgling photographer that I am. SO if you have no desire to see pretty flower pictures, I recommend you stop reading now! We love you all and miss you all and will see you all soon!

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I have so many more pictures, but will stop there! Have a super week!

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Tom goes to the Zoo

Hey kids! I hope you are all having a great time learning about pets this month.  Did you know that there are some dogs that live in the hotel where Mrs. Sarah and I live?  I get to see them everyday walking down the hall.  Since you guys are studying pets right now, Mrs. Sarah and I thought it would be a good idea to go to the Zoo and see what big animals looked like.  I had such a great time wandering through the National Zoo.  Here are a few facts about the National Zoo.

The National Zoo is what is called a conservation zoo. That means that all of the zookeepers and researchers do everything they can to save animals all throughout the world. There are always a lot of new baby animals at the zoo, and there are usually different kind of animals at the zoo that you don’t always see in regular zoos. 

Also there are scientists who work for the National Zoo that study and observe, or watch, animals all over the world.  This way they learn the best ways to take care of animals in the Zoo.

Mrs. Sarah and I had such a great time at the zoo and we took a bunch of pictures so we are going to share them with you and tell you about them as we go!

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That’s me with two boys I met on the way into the zoo.

One of the first things we got to see was the Big Cats Exhibit. This part of the zoo had all kinds of cats you might see in the wild, like tigers, lions, and cheetahs.

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Can you see the Cheetah?

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There he is! Cheetahs usually live in groups if they are boys and by themselves if they are girls. The cheetahs at the Zoo all brothers and have lived together for 7 years.

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Can you see the real tiger in this photo? Here’s a hint: he is hiding behind me by a ladder.

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There he is! Tigers have special stripes that help them hide in tall grasses and trees where they live.  They make is very hard to see the tiger.

After the big cats exhibit we got to see some amazing apes and orangutans. Apes and orangutans are some of the biggest types of monkeys you will ever see.  We got to see the orangutans swinging on ropes above our heads. It was really cool! Here are some pictures of the orangutans and apes we saw.

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That’s the male orangutan swinging high above our heads.

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The great apes recently had a baby. This picture is the daddy ape.

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This is the mother ape.

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And that is the baby ape!

After we saw the apes and orangutans we went to the small mammal house. Small mammals are animals like squirrels, small monkeys, and other animals that are around the size of cats and dogs.  Here are some examples of small mammals.

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Can you name any of those animals?

After the small mammal house we went to the bird house. we got to see all kinds of different birds from all over the world. Here are some of my favorites.

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Toucan Sam!

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A peacock.

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and Flamingos!

The last thing we saw was my favorite! We saw three elephants that were playing! IT was one of the best parts of the day.

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So that was my trip to the National Zoo! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Mrs. Sarah and I are going to a surprise place next week so watch to see what it is the next time you check the blog!  Tom the Tiger

 

 

 

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A nature filled weekend

Hey folks! So this past weekend Justin endured my childlike nature and indulged me. WE WENT TO THE ZOO!!!! No matter how old I get I will always love the zoo. Any zoo, anywhere and I am so there! So it was only a matter of time before we went to the zoo here.  I LOVED IT! And while, we didn’t take many pictures of ourselves, we did take some of the unique animals that are housed at the National Zoo. For one they have a rehabilitation program for pretty much any animal you can think of, so there are always babies at the zoo. Liek this cute little howler monkey baby-

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Can you see it?

One of the funniest parts of our day was when a stupid tourist threw a brown bag of food to the giant panda.  We got to watch him tear into the bag, stuffing french fries, a sandwich and parts of the bag into his mouth. It was hilarious.

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And just for fun, we saw an emu trying to escape his pen by pecking through the fence.

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Watchoo lookin at?

So all in all the zoo was a blast.  And since we hadn’t had enough of nature on Saturday, we decided to join the throngs of tourists at the Natural History Museum on Sunday afternoon. For anyone who is wondering, every eight grader in the world seems to be in Washington DC right now. No lie, I passed by a group of German 8th graders the other day.  Its ridiculous.  So the museum was rather packed but we had fun running around adn seeing all the nifty stuff in there. Including-

A huge elephant

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Dinosaurs!

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A great white shark jaw bone- and yes that is Justin standing inside of it!

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And my greatest fear come to life-

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For anyone wondering, no I did not go up to a real giant man eating snake.  Smithsonian researchers recently found a skeleton in a buried rainforest dig that has proved to be the biggest snake on record, hence the name Titanoboa.  They have recreated the snake, as seen here.

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And yes, they recreated the snake eating a prehistoric crocodile- it is that big. Needless to say, if this snake was still alive and well in the world, I WOULD NEVER go outside AGAIN!

SO we had a nature filled weekend, and we had a great time! With Easter coming this weekend, we will most likely be light on the touring and picture taking.  We wish you all a Happy Easter weekend, filled with the love of Jesus and remembrance of His most awesome sacrifice for us.  Please remember us as we try to find a service to attend!  Love from us both, Justin and Sarah

 

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Tom learns about the Presidents

Hey kids! This week we get to learn about three new Presidents.  Remember when I showed you the pictures of the Washington monument? Well this week Mrs. Sarah and I went to three more presidential monuments.  We learned about three different presidents and what made them special.  They were Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  First we went to the Lincoln memorial. 

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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.  He is special because he was president during the Civil War, and he helped end slavery in the United States.  Many people think he was one of the greatest presidents in our history.  His monument is HUGE! We had to climb a whole bunch of stairs to reach his statue.

After the Lincoln memorial we went to the Roosevelt memorial. 

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Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. He was special for so many reasons! For one, he was president for 12 years! That is a long time to be a president, and during his time in office, Roosevelt did many amazing things.  He saw our country through WW2, and did a lot of things that made our country the country it is today! He even had a dog.

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His memorial was super cool because it had waterfalls all throughout. Just like this one-

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I had fun playing in the water!

The last memorial we went to was the Jefferson memorial.

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Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. Some of the special things he did include started the United States military academy, adding Ohio to the United States and buying the land that became the state of Louisiana. He did so much to help expand the United States. His memorial was cool because it is on an island surrounded by a lake. 

So that was what I got to learn about this week.  I enjoyed learning some of the history of our United States and hope that you did too! Next week Mrs. Sarah promised to take me to the zoo, so next time be ready to learn about all kinds of animals! 

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