I looked forward to today. More than any of the other days. For several reasons….one being that I have never actually traveled to our nations capitol. I want. to. so. bad. Like SO bad. However, I am saving that trip for when Miss K (and any other children we may have) are older and can “appreciate” the 109 tours I am going to force encourage them to go on.
I get tears in my eyes almost every time I speak about America. I don’t know what has intensified in my heart the last 5 years, or so. I am filled with patriotism and pride for my country. A country that is so beautiful and regal. That stands powerful and majestic. A land that is like no other. America. A truly wonderful place.
And when I think about America…..
I think of amazing, pivotal, lighthearted and special moments that joined us all together in definition. Moments that are unlike any other and will be spoken about for years and years.
I think of Presidents that defined generations. I think of proclamations that changed the way people viewed their lives. I think of tragedy that made people sit in front of their television (or radio) sets for 3 days straight. I think of jubilation when our nation was represented by athletes that were victorious. There are so many all-American moments that I think of. Each leaving a lump in my throat. Each that I could watch over and over again.
A reminder that one man can change things, standing on the shoulders of men like Lincoln and Washington:
A reminder that baseball truly is the the American game and what a beautiful landscape it has created:
A reminder of the victories, wearing red, white and blue:
And a reminder of the moments when America rose above the most horrific of circumstances:
Controversial moments, serene moments, unique and notorious. So many moments and people make up the watercolor of America. George Washington, the father of our country. Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator. Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, Neil Armstrong, FDR, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Dian Fossey, Pearl Buck, Dwight Eisenhower, General George Patton, members of the United States Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. The list goes on and on and on.
On and On.
Defining moments and people.
How I love you, America. My admiration for our nation is undivided and unwavering. May our flag and the beliefs that this country was founded on, be upheld and respected. May I always be grateful for my freedom, rights and privileges!!!
On to our Staycation, Day 4:
Today we visited Washington DC and celebrated our country. What a great day!
(Can we do this once a week, please?)
We started the morning with a pink box. Nothing screams “American workplace”, quite like a box of fat, right?
We had our dining room set up with the red, white and blue. A beautifully vintage American flag, gracing our home.
I tried to have treats for Miss K each day, but that can get pricey, so I found some amazing stuff in the dollar bins at TARGET. (Word to the homeschool families out there: There is some great stuff in the dollar bins Right now. American history books, flash-cards for math and workbooks for spelling/word association. I almost bought the lot in case we go that route. Go and overspend-its the American way!!)
I found a book about the states and the COOLEST part of the day was the Presidential flash-cards! WOOHOO! These things are amazing. They have stats and fun trivia. We carried them with us everywhere today (we may, or may not have shared random bits of knowledge, about President Hoover, with a server) and learned quite a bit.
Some “all American” movies to select from. We watched “The Sandlot” in the morning. I forgot how much I loved that movie.
Laced up our All-Star Converse and got some lunch at the local 50’s diner…
I love it that some resturuants still have juke-boxes and mini-flags on the tables. My type of eatery.
A patty-melt and club sandwich for lunch. With extra grease, please. Duh.
Some “light” reading in the afternoon. (PS. Get this book. If you don’t already love Ronnie, you will, about 50 pages in. Aside from being one of the greatest Presidents we ever had (non-negotiable), he was compassionate, quick witted, a devoted husband and extremely morally conscience. The man was just amazing.)
For dinner we went back and forth between so many options. Ruby’s, Johnny Rockets, In-N-Out etc….but we landed on Lucilles BBQ. I don’t even know how or why. We don’t eat there alot, but something about it was distinctively American to us. As we were pulling into the parking lot, I said to Sean, “are you sure? It’s just soooo much food”, to which my wise husband replied, “what’s more American than eating until your stomach lining is going to explode?”
Sad, but true.
We also came home with some “souvenirs” today. I am generally pretty big on not buying books and getting them from your local library, but we made an exception. It’s “vacation”, right? Go crazy!
Miss K got a book about Honest Abe, which had pretty cool illustrations. A Patriot’s History came highly recommended to me as well. Looking forward to it.
When asked about her STAYCATION, this is what Miss K had to say:
talk to me Goose. As long as you are commenting, you might as well tell me who YOUR favorite President is and why. Or your favorite American moment. Or what you love about America. Or all of the above.
And a BIG FAT gold star goes to whomever can answer these two Presidential trivia questions first (and by “gold star”, i mean that I’ll throw your name in the giveaway two extra times):
*Who was the ONLY President to earn his PhD?
*Under what President were the number of US State Parks doubled?
Forever may God bless America!!!!