Monday, May 19, 2008

Hello from DC

Hello friends! I am in DC with my class and am having a great time. I've been keeping the student's families at home up to date with what is going on so I am going to just copy and paste my posts so you can see what we've been up to.

Sunday, May 18, 2008
Here in DC!

Hello everyone! We are having a great time and except for having to jump start the car this morning the traveling went very well.

The internet connection is not great here so unless somehow it miraculously gets better I won't be uploading pictures.

Tomorrow we will be touring the Basilica of the Shrine of the National Conception. We will also be touring the Capitol Building and then Union Station. We will end our day with a night tour of DC. Lets hope for good weather!

Monday, May 19, 2008
A fabulous Monday

Hello everyone! What a great day! We left this morning at 9:00 and took the Metro to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. What a beautiful church. I think everyone was amazed at the crypt level, upper church, and many chapels. It was absolutely sublime. We went to mass and the priest even welcomed our group publicly. Some people from Gaylord then let us know they were there from MI too.

We took the metro over to Union Station and walked to the Capitol building for a tour. We then took a snack/treat break before walking to the Air and Space Museum. A few of us braved the flight simulators while others saw the Wright Brothers plane and other fun in aviation.

Then we walked over to the Mall and found that the film "Night at the Museum 2" was being taped. We saw Mr. Ben Stiller himself! He waved at our rowdy "star struck" group and even asked where we were from. Mackenzie then got bold yelling "I have a brother named after you" he asked her "for real and how old" she replied 9 months and then it was back to taping. Ms. Gabbie has already approved our field trip next year to see the movie. Yeah! :) That was really exciting!

We walked over to Union Station where we had dinner. We then took our Twilight Tour. It was nice. We saw the Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, WWII, Korean War, & Vietnam War Memorials.

I think everyone is tired but happy. The weather was beautiful! Sunny & pleasant! Tomorrow is looking like lots of rain all day. :( Oh well, I am thankful for today.

The kids are behaving wonderfully and the parents are doing well too.

I guess that their is a St. Elizabeth mental hospital out here and a few people have found it comical to say something to us about letting us out to tour the city today. hahaha...right? We all looked great in our shirts.

So that is the general DC report for Monday. I'll let the students add in the comment section some of the finer details and their fondest memories of the day.

Hopefully tomorrow will be just as great, rain or shine! Nighty night!
Posted by Dawn at 11:10 PM 0 comments

I was able to light two candles in the crypt church this morning after mass. I lit one for my Grandmother's and the other one of course for Autumn Rose. She was born 5 months ago today and her due date would have been today. It wasn't too hard of a day but she was on my mind a lot. I got a few text messages from people saying they were thinking of me today and that meant a lot. So thank you, I really appreciate it! Later taters!


therealtommix said...

WOW! What a Monday you had. Sounds like a lot of fun had by all and BEN STILLER. It was the buzz around school this morning. Looking forward to seeing pictures. Hard to believe it will be time for you to head back to MI tomorrow. After all this time planning and fund raising, just seems too quick.

Jill said...

DC sounds great.

Your boys have been great in school. Tommy was happy about his hockey weekend and Austin was talking about pizza with Dad.

It was quite at work today, No Amy, Dawn, Gabby,& Father Bill. Whats a group to do??

sherri said...

Sounds like fun. We saw Joe and Tommy at the ball park Monday night. I was thinking about you guys yesterday, knowing it was the 19th, and wondering how you were holding up?!?! Glad you were busy with your class, and hopefully kept your mind off things. Have a safe trip back.


Kelly said...

Glad you are having a great time and honoring Autumn Rose at such a special place. Can't wait to see pics!

amy hartling said...

Wow! I am jealous about Ben Stiller. Sounds like fun for your kids. What a treat! Be safe! Also wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. It has been 6 months since our little Autumn left. I have a little less than a month for her EDD. So I definately feel for you today.

Dawn said...

Thanks girls! It's been an eventful trip, definitely one that won't be forgotten. I got thrown in the pool tonight with my clothes on. These kids have no shame. ;)

I'm looking forward to seeing the family tomorrow night but am sad that the long awaited trip is almost over.

Debbie said...

Sounds like your having fun! Thinking of ya ;)