"I'm tired" has been today's theme. Your kiddos were sufficiently exercised today. After a wholesome breakfast of bagels and french toast sticks (there was fruit and oatmeal, too), we piled onto the buses and headed off to Arlington National Cemetry. The weather was fantastic, so everyone enjoyed the peaceful walk to Kennedy Gravesites and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We were able to attend the Changing of the Guard, and while many of the students do not seem to understand why there is so much ceremy around the event, they were extremely well behaved and respectful. Whether its significance is fully understood or not, everyone was in awe of the precision of each move the guards made.
We had a chance to view the Delaration of Independence and the Contitution at the National Archives. It was another moment of awe for students to realize that they were actually looking at the documents that shape(d) our country. There was careful examination of the signatures and questions about why the letter "s" looked more like an "f." At lease we know they paid attention to the details. And, nobody asked if there was an invisible map on the back. :-)
Groups spent the rest of the day touring the Smithsonians or local monuments. By mid-afternoon, everyone was starting to wear out. There was fierce competition for any display that afforded any seating. Luckily, with so many interactive displays, we were able to squeeze in a couple of minutes rest at a time. We walked for about 5 1/2 hours straight. I'd say we did pretty good--and burned off a few of those bagel calories.
Meals were had primarily in the food court of the Reagan Building. It's fun to watch the students' get wide-eyed by the number of choices, then promptly decide upon Subway as their go-to meal. I think Chinese food has been the second favorite option. Several have opted for sushi or burgers. Personally, I ate at the Quick Pita (Greek) for both meals. Dessert choices also abound: gelato, giant cookies, iced coffee. Nobody is going hungry on this trip--rest assured!
Good night. Your babies will surely sleep well tonight.
**My apologies for the lack of pictures last night--I'm not sure what went wrong. Hopefully, I will meet with success tonight.